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Amsterdam is of course the most visited city in North Holland, but you should know that the province is a lovely one in its all, don't hesitate o venture off the regular tourist way and see for yourself what else a holiday in North Holland may have in stock for you: from the Dutch traditions in Zaanse Schans... Read more

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Amsterdam is of course the most visited city in North Holland, but you should know that the province is a lovely one in its all, don't hesitate o venture off the regular tourist way and see for yourself what else a holiday in North Holland may have in stock for you: from the Dutch traditions in Zaanse Schans, to the urban capital Haarlem, from the insular community of Marken to all sorts of other venues that are surely ones “dressed to impress”:

A holiday with historical attractions

The capital of the province is Haarlem, which portrays numerous attractions of all sorts, from the medieval streets to the large squares. What is there to see though all in all on a holiday in North Holland? First of all, the historic towns and buildings will get your attention. Amsterdam and its canals, Haarlem and Alkmaar, the latter hosting a famous cheese market, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, which are former ports, etc. In the Gooi and Vecht Region, the town of Naarden boasts an almost completely intact 17th century bastion, and the medieval castle dating back to the 13th century, Muiderslot in Muiden is very impressive. The Stelling van Amsterdam, the Defence line of Amsterdam is a National Landscape with an 135 km ring of forts and inundation zones of great historical significance. The Waterland and Zaan Region hosts traditional Dutch villages with windmills and wooden shoes and here you should not miss the open air conservation area of Zaanse Schans, and the fishing village of Volendan.

Cultural treasures on your holiday in North Holland

The province is known to host some really amazing museums, this province is actually a center of history and art, of crafts and traditions, thus many museums pay tribute to all these. The Museum Quarter in Amsterdam is one that is famous throughout the world, from a holiday home in North Holland this is totally a section you would want to see: the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum (modern art); also the the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House andnot in the last, the Eye Film Museum and the Scheepvaartmuseum (Nautical Museum) are just one of a kind. If your last minute holiday villa in North Holland takes you to the capital of the province, Haarlem, you should check out the Teylers Museum, the oldest in the country, and the Frans Hals Museum displays beautiful art. The open air museum, Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen, the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, the Beeld en Geluid (Image and Sound) in Hilversum... you have plenty to choose from. Festivals, music, theaters, they all create a most unique atmosphere in North Holland at any time of the year. Amsterdam and its 'temple of pop' Paradiso are well known, check out the Concertgebouw with its top-ranking orchestra if you get a chance and the Muziektheater, where you can enjoy opera performances. In summer the Bostheater in the Amsterdamse Bos hosts an open air play, you can bring your own food and drinks here, and the town of Naarden hosts J.S. Bach's Matthäus Passion on Good Friday in its Great Church. As for festivals, there is quite a load of them in Amsterdam, and the Dance Valley, held in the Spaarnwoude recreational area is very popular as well.

A holiday among nature in North Holland

The nature of this province is made of some great countryside with picturesque villages, natural parks that are ideal for long walks, as well as the woods and heathlands of the Gooi and Vecht Region and the dunes of Kennemerland. Some of the most famos nature reserves here are the Wadden Sea, the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, the Dunes of Texel National Park. The Kennemerland beaches are amazing, and Zandvoort has the busiest beach actually, you can even go to Texel for a few days from your apartment in North Holland, and enjoy the windy beaches here. The area is dotted by lakes and canals, The IJsselmeer is very popular with sailors, the lakes of Westeinderplassen near Aalsmeer, and the Loosdrechtse Plassen in Wijdemeren are great for all sorts of water sports as well. You are always young at heart on a holiday in North Holland.

Wellness and spa on holiday in North Holland

Some time away from your time away in North Holland is best represented by spending a while at a local spa, and the province is no short of them either. A massage, a sauna, a Turkish bath, some pampering time... just the perfect addition to a beautiful holiday in North Holland. Sauna Deco in Amsterdam, or the Koan Float here, the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center, or maybe the Sauna van Egmond in Haarlem or the Blitz Wellness in Heemstede, choose your favorite and enjoy the Dutch pampering style.

Activities and sports

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore kind of any and every regions in the Netherlands, thus cycling in North Holland, whether we are talking about peddaling through a city or through the countryside and so on, will be a great way to unwind and see all sorts of attractions, fast and with no gas expenses. Of course you can “walk it off”, as in you can really take great long walks in nature parks, on designated walking trails such as the ones in Gooi and Vecht Region and among the dunes of Kennemerland. Going to the beach is always fun, and the ones at Bloemendaal, Bergen and Egmond are not even all that crowded. Swimming in the IJsselmeer and smaller lakes or at the sea, sailing, kayaking, you can choose your favorite activity every day on a holiday in North Holland. In winter, skating on the canals can be a lot of fun as well, or you can choose an indoor skating ring for that matter.

Family holiday in North Holland

Traveling with family can get a bit overwhelming sometimes, we must admit that. Especially if a holiday with family means a holiday with kids that are not too old either. Yet if you choose North Holland as your destination, you may actually be surprised of how many great memories you will actually accumulate from here: first of all, Amsterdam will be a hit. The many canals, the boat rides on them, the Nemo science museum, the Scheepvaartmuseum, Rijksmuseum or the Anne Frank House will impress both young and old. From Hoorn on the other hand, you can take the steam train, "Stoomtram," to the town of Medemblik. Visit the Kasteel Radboud and the park next to it with the animals in it, or visit a cheese museum in Alkmaar. Family time is never one to be missed out on, especially on a holiday in North Holland.

Dining in North Holland - Eet Smakelijk!

The entire country is well known for its cheese, and if you spend a holiday in North Hollan, this statement will be reinforced by the delicious cheeses you will find here as well: the Edam cheese and Beemster cheese. Alkmaar and Edam are much famous for ther cheese markets. There are lots of other incredible local and international dishes you can sample in thei province, from the stroopwafel to the kroket, from the poffertjes to the Bitterballen, a most favorite snack, and the Lekkerbekje / Kibbeling, the Dutch equivalent of fish and chips. Eet Smakelijk (enjoy your meal) is a certainty in North Holland.

Holiday with a pet in North Holland

Spending a holiday with a pet in North Holland is never a bad idea, rather than being homesick for your “fuzzy buddy”, why not just bring him or her along with you? In cities such as Amsterdam, Haarlem and many others there are numerous dog-friendly places, there are terraces that allow you to enjoy some relaxing time with your pet. So pack up your pet and head towards a holiday in North Holland, take long walks on the beach, cycle in the countryside here, just get out of the mundane into a world of new.

Points of interest, a “must see” list in North Holland:
  • the Amsterdam museums, known throughout the world: the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rembrandt House and others and the Royal Palace here, the various cultural and historical attractions
  • the sleepy seaside village of Marken, with its history and traditions
  • a canal tour on the Amstel in Amsterdam, see the city from the water
  • the capital city of the province, Haarlem, with the Grote Markt and the Church of St. Bavo
  • the the Wadden Sea, the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, the Dunes of Texel National Park nature reserves
  • the cheese market in Arknaam

North Holland is undoubtedly a most amazing area to spend a holiday in the Netherlands in, it also being among the most popular tourist areas in the country. Choose your favorite location with each day you spend here, and you will never seize to be simply astounded.

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