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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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Maashaven, Rotterdam, Netherlands
There's more to Rotterdam than just being one of the world's busiest ports. This photo was taken from the SS Rotterdam "The Grande Dame", a luxury cruise ship, now permanently docked in the harbour. The Euromast is the tower in the background - go...
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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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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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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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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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The Hague, Netherlands
According to a popular saying in Holland, "Money is earned in Rotterdam, divided in Den Haag and spent in Amsterdam." To see where financial division happens in the Netherlands, head for the country's seat of government: The Hague or Den Haag, as...
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Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands
A four-kilometer seaside promenade is the perfect place for a stroll at Scheveningen, a beach resort in Den Haag's wealthy northernmost district. In addition to a sandy beach, colorful esplanade, pier and the Scheveningen lighthouse, there's a Sea...
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Renbaanstraat 2, 2586 GB Den Haag, Netherlands
Since approximately 1914, "the little chapel of miracles" has offered a welcoming place for quiet prayer and reflection to all, of goodwill, who enter from both near and afar. Although it is private property, the Lourdes Grotto, is open daily to...
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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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Harteveltstraat 1, 2586 EL Den Haag, Netherlands
The museum is located in Scheveningen beach in The Hague. A really sophisticated museum filled with modern sculptures. The architecture is amazing! On the top, if the weather is good, you can sit in the sun, read your favorite book, and smell the...
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Dominee Jan Scharpstraat 298, 3011 GZ Rotterdam, Netherlands
In October of 2014, modern design and food merged at the opening of the Markthal, the new indoor food market of Rotterdam. One of the things I was looking forward to for my latest trip to the Netherlands was the Markthal. I love food, and it is...
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Museumpark 18, 3015 CX Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has an impressive permanent collection spanning all eras of European art, including the old masters. Among the highlights are the Three Marys at the Open Sepulchre by Van Eyck and Portrait of Titus and Man in a...
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Leuvehaven 1, 3011 EA Rotterdam, Netherlands
Given that Rotterdam has one of the largest ports in the world, it makes sense that it also has a sizable maritime museum. The impressive Maritime Museum Rotterdam has over one million maritime objects on display and an array of interactive...
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Gouda, Netherlands
Gouda’s Market Square serves as the hub of the city's activity and is dominated by the Gothic town hall (Stadhuis), built between 1448 and 1450. Just behind the town hall is the Waag (Dutch for 'scale house'), which dates back to 1667 and was...
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Heuvellaan 21, 3016 GL Rotterdam, Netherlands
This upscale restaurant, located in a modern Art Deco pavilion with a view of Rotterdam Harbor and the River Maas, was the first restaurant in the Netherlands to be awarded three Michelin stars in 2002. The changing menu includes dishes like...
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Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341, 3015 AA Rotterdam, Netherlands
The creative forces behind this contemporary urban garden extending from the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen to the Kunsthal are Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and French architect Yves Brunier. The garden is laid out in...
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Westerkade 11, 3016 CL Rotterdam, Netherlands
This fantastic seafood restaurant is located in Rotterdam’s fishermen’s district and serves fresh fish and a seasonally changing menu. Entrées like Dutch cod and chateaubriand of tuna are preceded by appetizers such as sashimi of sea bass with...
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Korte Hoogstraat 22-24, 3011 GL Rotterdam, Netherlands
This store is a cook’s paradise, offering everything from cookbooks to traditional Dutch kitchenwares to herbs from nearby gardens. Certain Dutch-made items can only be found here. Browse the shelves and find yourself lost in this treasure trove...
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Amsterdam, Netherlands
If you're a jazz and classical music aficionado, you owe it to yourself to visit Amsterdam in mid-August, when the 10-day Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival) brings live music to venues throughout the city. Since 1997, the cultural celebration has...
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Eerste Looiersdwarsstraat 15, 1016 VL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Giant legs of air-dried pork dangle from the ceiling of this aioli-scented tapas bar, transporting diners to Andalusia. For the liveliest experience, bring a few friends and pull up stools at the bar, where you can watch a duo of Spanish chefs...
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Enge Kerksteeg 3, 1012 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ever wondered how it feels to sit behind one of those curtained windows in Amsterdam's Red Light District (RLD)? Find out from women who've been there at the Prostitute Information Center (PIC), near the statue of Belle on Oudekerksplein engraved...
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Amsterdam-Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Once a place where convicts were hung, then a working class district for shipyard laborers, Amsterdam-Noord has evolved into a multicultural community with a creative vibe and numerous restaurants, nightclubs and cultural attractions. Officially...
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Jan Pieter Heijestraat 190, 1054 MN Amsterdam, Netherlands
It's kitschy Africana at its best in Amsterdam's non-touristy Oud-West. Named for the Ethiopian Empire that reigned from the 12th century until 1975, Abyssinia's interior seems to represent an old African hut. Vibrant colors and flavors assault...
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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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Marnixstraat 164-166, 1016 TG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Don't dress up to visit this grunge bar tucked on Marnixgracht in Amsterdam's Oude West. Don't be put off by the abundant graffiti covering its gritty exterior, either. Inside, Café Soundgarden is a welcoming, unpretentious pub with a spectacular...
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George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag, Netherlands
If visiting a miniature version of a country the size of a postage stamp makes no sense to you, stay away from Madurodam, a top tourist attraction in Den Haag featuring historic Dutch towns, ports, canals, roads and monuments re-created on a 1/25...
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Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s State Museum reopened in 2013 after a decade of renovations, and it is oh so worth a visit! Weave your way through the museum's vast assemblage of historic art (there are over 8,000 pieces!) to check out works from Dutch masters...
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Warmoesstraat, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ah, Warmoesstraat, Amsterdam's heart of darkness, the street that never sleeps. Well, maybe...between 5:00–8:00am, after the junkies leave and before tourists arrive.Set adjacent tode Wallen, the city's most famous Red Light District, this lively...
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Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat, 1071 Amsterdam, Netherlands
From vintage shops and hipster boutiques in the Negen Straats (Nine Streets) to posh designer outlets on P.C. Hoofstraat, Amsterdam's shopping scene is nothing if not eclectic. There's something for everyone on Kalverstraat, a shopping street that...
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Hazenstraat, 1016 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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Warmoesstraat 43, 1012 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands
You can make a satisfying meal of tapas plates at Restaurant La Paella, a small bistro near Amsterdam's Red Light District known for traditional Spanish delicacies like Patatas Bravas, Spanish Croquettes, Albóndigas and Chorizo Español. But the...
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Haarlemmerstraat, 1013 Amsterdam, Netherlands
It could be the quirkiest strip in Amsterdam, featuring the Netherlands' cutest collection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, bars and bistros. Stretching west from Central Station, Haarlemmerstraat and its continuation, Haarlemmerdijk, are the perfect...
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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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Oudezijds Voorburgwal 10, 1012 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michael Bublé was singing romantic ballads when I strolled into this Andalusian-style tapas bar in the heart of the Red Light District with a few friends in tow. While Shakira or Enrique Inglesias might have provided a more appropriate...
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Leidse bosje 2, 1054 LJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the world's most pedal-happy cities, where you can cycle on water, as well as on land-bound cobblestones. With a few pals (or a spouse and kids), be the captain of your own small ship as you pedal around the canals, past...
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Herengracht 124, 1015 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam may not be as synonymous with gourmet cuisine as Italy, France, Germany, China or, well...anywhere. Yet despite its bad rap for being boiled, mashed comfort food—ironic when you consider Holland ruled the 17th century spice trade—Dutch...
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IJhaven, 1019 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Every five years in late August, ancient mariners as well as younger fans of sailing and sea exploration converge in Amsterdam to celebrate Holland's rich seafaring legacy. Since its debut in 1975, commemorating the city's 700th birthday, SAIL has...
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82488 Ettal, Germany
Move over Switzerland. The southern part of Germany offers stunning panoramas, Alpine lakes by the dozen, quaint Alpine villages, and the world's largest ice caves. What's more, it's the getaway to the most romantic road in the world. The German...