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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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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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Noordervaart 2, 1636 VL Schermerhorn, Netherlands
The Museummolen is one of the eleven windmills left from the former windmill complex of the Schermer polder in a still almost untouched open polder landscape in the central part of North Holland. For the construction of the mills a reed covered...
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Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft, Netherlands
A great way to spend a few hours while you're in The Netherlands is to visit the Porceleyne Fles in Delft. The factory dating back to the 17th Century is a great place to visit. We got to see up close and personal the makers of the beautiful...
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2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Hop on a bus in Rotterdam and you'll be transported to the past. Around 1740 about 19 sturdy windmills were built in Kinderdijk outside of Rotterdam. They have been well preserved to the present day and are even listed as a Unesco World Heritage...
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Alblasserdam, Netherlands

This is the last place in the Netherlands where you can see windmills in their original locations. We were there in February, which meant they didn't have any up and running, but that also meant it wasn't crowded. Just joggers and walkers out on...

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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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2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
We went 2 times to Kinderdijk and loved it both times but it was freezing cold as we went in autumn so I recommend going in summer. There is allot of wind there and in fall/winter it can give you frostbite, I know :) .You can walk around and see...
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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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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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8355 Giethoorn, Netherlands
Giethoorn is the most amazing village I have ever seen. Canals go through the entire village making it a little Venice of the Netherlands. You park your car at the boat dock and then you walk or rent a boat to see the entire place. Giethoorn is a...
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Flevoland, Netherlands
It's that time of the year again when millions of tulips blanket Netherlands. I prefer this to Keukenhof park in Lisse which for my taste is way to crowded.
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Urk, Netherlands
Urk Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Urk at the eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. From 1617 a coal fire was used for the local fishermen as well as for the ships sailing from Amsterdam to the North Sea. The current lighthouse station was established...
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Urk, Netherlands
While in Urk, you have to try the sea food and fish at the De Zeebodem restaurant. It is amazing!! Prices are great, 15 euro can buy you this amazing plate of 2 whole fish, fries and salad served with the most amazing tartar sauce I have ever had....
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8355 Giethoorn, Netherlands
The whole of Giethoorn is a highlight in itself. The people of the village are proud of their characteristic houses with thatched domes overlooking the canals. These were dug in past centuries for the transport of peat extract. This industry has...
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8355 Giethoorn, Netherlands
We picked this cafe restaurant by chance and what a good choice it was. The lunch menu had really light but satiable dishes, full of wonderful flavors. I admit, I never do my homework when it comes to places to eat, we just wing it and somehow we...
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Urk, Netherlands
This was simply amazing, three types of smoked fish with fresh lettuce and a wonderful vinaigrette. De Zeebodem restaurant is a must while in Urk. The restaurant is right in the marina so stay outside on the terrace to smell the sea, feel the...
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Urk, Netherlands
I really love windmills and Netherlands is full of them so that was a good fit :) . In Urk there are lots of windmills right by the sea. There is a walking path that leads right to them and they just roar from spinning so fast in the wind, pretty...
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Urk, Netherlands
What a great advise :). Urk's residents have amazing talent at decorating their front porches. Each house has unique decorations that make the whole place a fairytale place.
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8355 Giethoorn, Netherlands
After walking all day in Giethoorn, in the scorching sun, we had to sit down for a snack and what I thought will be just a sandwich turned out to be this wonderful mix of flavors. Local, slightly melted goat cheese, local honey, walnuts, sun dried...
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8355 Giethoorn, Netherlands
Giethoorn is considered the Dutch Venice. Rent yourself a boat and spend the afternoon floating around, you won't regret!
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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...