Holiday homes North Holland, fun, nature and culture in Amsterdam

A holiday home in North Holland is the ideal destination if you're looking for variety. Cities like Amsterdam and Haarlem offer everything from museums to music festivals while the rolling countryside offers plenty of opportunity for... Read more

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A holiday home in North Holland is the ideal destination if you're looking for variety. Cities like Amsterdam and Haarlem offer everything from museums to music festivals while the rolling countryside offers plenty of opportunity for activities like cycling, horseback riding, hiking and more. For water sports there's Lake IJssel or you can savor a relaxing beach family holiday along the North Sea coast. If you've come to North Holland with your family, there are practically endless possibilities including mini-golf at places like Amstelpark or Sloterpark, bowling in Scheldeplein, a sea aquarium in Alkmaar and the annual Flower Parade in Haarlem in April, to name just a few. A holiday in the Netherlands will have you in on all the action!

Fun and nature

You need some fun in the sun or relaxation among nature this year for sure. And a holiday home in North Holland is the perfect place to start at. For example you can visit the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park which is home to sand dunes, coastal beaches and more than 100 species of birds and 20 varieties of butterfly. Bring your binoculars and enjoy some nice walks in the Kennemerland, spotting deer, fox, European rabbit - even Wisents (European bison; from a safe observation platform). For a fantastic time at the beach you can head over to the beaches of Zandvoort or Bloemendaal aan Zee, both popular destinations in summer and ideal for swimming. Those who would like to add a little culture to all this can visit the Zaanse Schans open-air museum in Zaanstad. With 8 historic windmills, it's another popular tourist destination in North Holland. You can even add a bit of culinary adventure to your active holiday in North Holland with a visit to the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam or take a ride down the Beer Canal whose waters once supported the thriving beer brewing industry of Haarlem. Start brewing up some excitement for your next well-deserved break.

Culture in North Holland

Soak up the culture of the Randstad, one of Europe's largest metropolitan areas, along with more traditional sites like beautiful tulip fields, historic windmills and picturesque canals in North Holland. Here lie ancient cities like Amsterdam and Haarlem, the capital of North Holland. Its old city center is an ideal place for a cultural experience. The plethora of medieval buildings harken back to the days when Haarlem was an economic powerhouse in Europe and with over 900 registered monuments in the city, you'll certainly not run out of things to see. Amsterdam is another city here where you can visit a variety of interesting museums (ladies will love the Museum of Bags and Purses), take a tour of the Heineken brewery or even a red light district tour, just don't linger around here for too long! Amsterdam also has a number of fine golf courses so you can enjoy golfing or relax among the surrounding countryside with some horseback riding in Amsterdam. For more relaxation opportunities you can head over to the island of Texel or enjoy a North Sea beach day. With such a wide array of things to see and do, just follow the path to having a great time and you're sure to run into North Holland.

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