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Prinsengracht, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Beyond tulips, windmills, and weed, Amsterdam's global image is entwined with water. The Canal Ring (Grachtengordel) is made up of 165 fluid channels developed during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. In the ensuing years, the water network has...
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Herengracht 386, 1016 CJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
During Holland's Golden Age, when spice trade with Asia and North Africa was booming, wealthy merchants built mansions along the expanding canal ring that became Amsterdam. Today the fashionable homes have been reincarnated as upscale offices,...
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Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
A striking billboard near the Rijksmuseum.
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Dam, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
The last night in Amsterdam we are walking near Dam Square. We have been to the Van Gogh Museum earlier and are still marveling at his brilliance. I take two photos nearby and then this one which somehow transforms into a Van Gogh styled image, by...
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1071 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam does playgrounds right. Witness: the triple swing. Unlike the anodyne, paranoia-driven parks of the United States, these playgrounds are meant to make kids dirty and proud. Water flows into sand and dirt freely. Rickety wooden play...
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Oudezijds Achterburgwal, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
It's one of Amsterdam's prettiest districts, where swans glide on tree-shrouded canals and gabled mansions recall Holland's Golden Age: de Wallen, better known as the Red Light District (RLD). Since 2000, prostitutes have plied their trade here as...
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Herengracht 427, 1017 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
I love the lighting and dignity of this cat, just standing near the Rijksmuseum.
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Singel, 1012 XG Amsterdam, Netherlands
After biking all around Amsterdam, you will work up an appetite. While perusing all the millions of flowers and bulbs, it was a nice surprise to find something to nibble on. After we sampled all the cheeses, we were full and it cost nothing! Great...
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Gabriël Metsustraat 8, 1071 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
It's not going to blow anyone's mind to say that the Van Gogh Museum is a must-see in Amsterdam. When we were there they were in the midst of moving to the Hermitage, so the full collection was not on display. Still, the fraction of the collection...
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Kinkerstraat 1, 1053 DB Amsterdam, Netherlands
You know what's annoying? Biking around Amsterdam on a bike that screams I'M A TOURIST. Here at Bike4U, you can get classic black Gazelles. Prices are good, child seats are available, and the Bulgarian guys who run the place are super nice. Note...
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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 187K, 1012 EW Amsterdam, Netherlands
Did you know that Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon once kicked butt in Amsterdam's Dampkring coffeeshop in the Hollywood blockbuster Ocean's Twelve? Or that Amsterdam has a Jewish quarter with a museum that tells the story of the Jewish...
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Prins Hendrikkade 33A, 1012 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands
Canals are an integral part of the Dutch landscape so it's only fitting you see them up close and personal, from a boat. Viewing Amsterdam by watercraft puts you level with Golden Age mansions, world-class monuments like the Anne Frank House and...
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Zaanse Schans, 1509 Zaandam, Netherlands
On the banks of the river Zaan, time stopped three centuries ago at Zaanse Schans. In this recreation of a Dutch village in the 17th–18th centuries, stroll down streets lined with typical green wooden houses, manicured gardens and graceful...
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2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
"God made the world but the Dutch created the Netherlands" goes an old saying, popular in Holland. For proof, visit Kinderdijk—19 spinning windmills in a stunning natural landscape that would be underwater were it not for Dutch ingenuity. Built in...
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It's a state monument that's been serving up draft ales and typical Dutch fare (e.g., Amsterdam cheese and sausages) since 1642. Today, it retains its 17th century authenticity at the intersection of Prinsengracht and Brouwersgracht, one of the...
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Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
I expected to do and see a lot of things while in Amsterdam, one of them being visiting the Anne Frank House and museum. The museum features exhibitions but more importantly walks you through the Secret Annex where Anne Frank, her family and...
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Hazenstraat, 1016 SR Amsterdam, Netherlands
It's a single street after Amsterdam's Negen Straats (Nine Streets), but Hazenstraat, the Tiende Straatje (Tenth Street), rates a ten in serious shoppers' books. Lined with boutiques, cafés and galleries, this cobbled strip in the Bohemian-chic...
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De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The red-light district in Amsterdam is a very busy place with an odd mix of life in one small neighborhood. In a peculiar way it’s very beautiful—there’s so much happening both visually and mentally it takes a bit to process it...
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Voldersgracht, 2611 EV Delft, Netherlands
Not a fan of Amsterdam's chaotic flow of bikes, trams and cars? Nor a fan of its incessant bustle? Well, dear travelers, I'm happy to report that there is a solution. It's called Delft, and it will rock your socks. This small village is pretty...
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Binnenhof 22, 2513 AA Den Haag, Netherlands
Den Haag grew up around the Binnenhof, but has evolved into a cultured and sophisticated city with attractions that extend far beyond its governmental functions. Still, the courtyard created by its government buildings is one of the top 100 among...
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Haringkade - Westbroekpark, 2587 Den Haag, Netherlands
Westbroek Park, open to the public from sunrise to sunset, is the perfect place to relax on a summer's day in The Hague. As pets are not permitted in the park, it is an ideal place to take young children. "De Waterkant" on the Havenkade (Kapelweg)...
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Leiden, Netherlands
Just a short ride from Schiphol airport (the home of many long layovers), Leiden is a fairytale-like city which presents the best of what the Netherlands has to offer: a wonderful university, museums, windmills, and canals. The city also has a...
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Burgemeester Reigerstraat 25, 3581 KK Utrecht, Netherlands
If you're a bread person you shouldn't miss the tasty bread they have at Hooi. It's also nice to work there on the well known Dutch rainy days or outside when the weather is nice.
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Nachtegaalstraat 29-B, 3581 AB Utrecht, Netherlands
If you're hungry in Utrecht and want to have a somehow special meal than Café Eigen Schuld might be the place for you. Great cuisine and a great choice of vegetarian dishes. I personally recommend this spinach tart with chips and salad. Eet...
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Donkere Gaard 8, 3511 KW Utrecht, Netherlands
Warm or cold in the Netherlands, Utrecht's Cafe Orloff is cozy and breezy at the same time. In warmer weather, sit outside along canals and cobblestones streets with friends enjoy a beer and bitterballen combo. When temperatures dip, sit inside...
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Achter Clarenburg 6A, 3511 JJ Utrecht, Netherlands
Only in Holland will you find a restaurant in a church! It’s plain exterior belies the gem that lays inside, as this was one of Utrecht’s “hidden churches.” It dates back to the 16th century when Catholic churches were forbidden and hence hidden...
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Oudegracht aan de Werf 112, 3511 AW Utrecht, Netherlands
Dutch pancakes are about as typical as it gets in Holland. At De Oude Muntkelder Pannenkoekenrestaurant you can order them savory, or sweet, traditional, international and made-to-order (whole wheat is available). For children, there are even...
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Oudegracht aan de Werf 159, 3511 AL Utrecht, Netherlands
Savor Dutch and international dishes expertly paired with wines from around the world at this cozy restaurant in a medieval wharf cellar. The home-made fries are excellent, as are meat and fish main courses, and the warm chocolate cake with fruit...
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Ganzenmarkt, 3512 GE Utrecht, Netherlands
Admire unusual light-based artwork around Utrecht on the nightly Trajectum Lumen route. Stumble around Utrecht's walkable center after dark on your own (you can download a map of the route for free), or hire a guide for extra commentary if you...
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Voorstraat 46, 3512 AP Utrecht, Netherlands
If you're looking for the best coffee in town as well as the best music then you should visit the Village. It's also the place where most of the hipsters hang around. Enjoy!
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Zandvoort, Netherlands
Where and what is Zaandvoort? Zaandvoort is a seaside town just 44mins from Amsterdam, and just 10mins from Haarlem, so it is prime real estate and definitely easy to get to. The village was largely based on fishing for many centuries, and then it...
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Jacobstraat 6, 2011 WB Haarlem, Netherlands
I wanted to get out of Amsterdam chaos and chose the 20 minute train ride from Centraal to Haarlem. (I deviate here as hopefully our trial/error will help you...) The tram system is great in Amsterdam. It is separate from the train system. If you...
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Grote Markt, 2011 RD Haarlem, Netherlands
Haarlem is a pretty town a short 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam. Much quieter than Amsterdam, Haarlem can be a nice change of pace. The Grote Market (Market Square) is in the center of town below the imposing St.Bavo Gothic cathedral. Cafe...
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Kruisstraat 31, 2011 PW Haarlem, Netherlands
Gorgeous little place with huge scones and amazing read! Delicious lunch, too!
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Papentorenvest 1A, 2011 AV Haarlem, Netherlands
Just a 15 minute train ride from Amsterdam is the picturesque town of Haarlem, complete with canals and De Adriaan windmill. You can go in (for a fee) but the best viewpoint is across the canal (and free!). As a bonus, Haarlem is a fairly compact...
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Zaanse Schans, 1509 Zaandam, Netherlands

Yes, it's a re-creation of a Dutch village. And the parking lot is full of tour buses. And there's the world's largest wooden shoe that's big enough to sit in. But where else are you going to see someone actually make wooden shoes? The machine is...

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Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
Although the Keukenhof Gardens are well known, they never cease to amaze and delight tourists year after year. This is one of many tulips fields near Keukenhof Gardens. Each one of the 7 million tulips will be dug up and replaced with new bulbs...