"Noord Holland (North Holland)" Provincie Noord-Holland Travelogue by Mirellaboer
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<font face=verdana>The landscape above the <font color=crimson><B>IJ</b></font> (the lake above Amsterdam) contains of old villages, extensive polder landscapes and in the spring colorfull flower fields. This together with the duns and the nature reservations made Noord-Holland a great place for a hiking or cycling tour.
Noord-Holland is also a great place for water activities, from historical harbourcities as <font color=crimson><B>Hoorn, Medemblik </b></font>and<b><font color=crimson> Enkhuizen</b></font> you can rent a boat and sail over the <font color=crimson><B>IJsselmeer</b></font> and if you want to lay down on a beach there a several possibilities, you can go to <font color=crimson><b>Texel</b></font> (one of our waddenislands) or go to <font color=crimson>Zandvoort</font></b> (just like every other person in the Netherlands and Germany, so you’ll understand that that’s very crowed) or to the other places between those two.
And if you like to visit cities, there are a lot of other great cities to visit besides <font color=crimson><b>Amsterdam</font></b> (this does not mean that you don’t have to visit Amsterdam, it’s one of the best cities in the Netherlands, but there is more than just Amsterdam), like <font color=crimson><B>Alkmaar</b></font> and <font color=crimson><B>Haarlem</font></b>. And of course you have to visit traditional places such as <font color=crimson><b>Volendam</font></b> and <font color=crimson><B>Marken</font></b>.
<font face=verdana>Haarlem is known as the flowercity. In the old days Haarlem was the centre of the Dutch Flower market, but at the moment the flower trade is moved to other cities (like Aalsmeer). But Haarlem is still the finish of the Flower pageant that starts end of April from Noordwijk. (you can see/ admire the float on Saterday evening and Sunday on the “Gedempte oude Gracht”)
An also very beautiful place to visit is the big of St. Bavo-church from the 15e century. You can find the church on the “Grote Markt” (one of the most beautiful squares’s of the Netherlands, according to the inhabitants of Haarlem)
<font face=verdana>Hoorn was in the 17e century the most important of the three West-Friese Zuiderzeesteden (West-Friese Southsea cities). And you can still see the influence of this period in the centre of Hoorn, beautiful houses and a lovely harbour from where you can make a boattrip over the IJsselmeer.
Another great thing to do during the summer is a trip with the steam-train from Hoorn to Medemblik. (you can find the station in the Dedemstraat number 8)
<font face=verdana>Enkhuizen has a beautiful centre, but the biggest tourist attraction is the Southsea museum. This contains of a inside museum and a outside museum. In this museum village the Southsea history lives again. There are 135 houses, workshops and stores of the period 1880 till 1932. You can reach the museum by foot or by boat.
<font face=verdana>Volendam is on the program of every international travelling party in the Netherlands. It come up to every expectation that is known about the Netherlands: Wooden shoes, traditional costumes, wooden houses and people cleaning all the time!
In the summer Volendam is very busy with all the tourists, but in the autumn when there are no tourists anymore, when the sea is rougher than Volendam is just what is used to be, a quiet and nice fisherman’s village.
<font face=verdana>Alkmaar is the city of cheese! From April till September there is the cheesemarket every Friday morning on the “Waagplein”, this is a big tourist attraction.
But Alkmaar is more than just cheese, it has a old city-heart and you can walk along the shops, old canals and beautiful houses.
<font face=verdana>Den Helder is the biggest city in the northern part of Noord-Holland and is the navy city of the Netherlands. During the “Nationale Vlootdagen” (the national navy days) you’ll find lots of people on the wharves and near the navy ships. These navy days are from 13 till 15 July 2001.
And Den Helder is also the harbour where the ferry to Texel (one of our Wadden Islands) leaves. It’s only a 15 minutes trip from Den Helder to Texel.
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