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Volendam Print E-mail
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VolendamWant to experience authentic Dutch heritage? Hop on a bus in Amsterdam and travel 30 minutes north to the charming fishing village of Volendam. Visitors can walk around the bustling harbor to see colorful boats and have photos taken of themselves dressed in Dutch costumes with striped clothing, high-pointed bonnets and wooden clogs . A stroll around the old village offers many attractive sights such as historic houses built on stilts and a beautiful 17th century church. Visit the Volendam Museum to learn about the village’s history and see artifacts, vintage furnishings and folk art.

Location:  Volendam

Volendam website

Alkmaars Cheese Market Print E-mail
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Alkmaars Cheese MarketA 40-minute train ride from Amsterdam will bring visitors to Alkmaar and its famous cheese market tradition that dates back to 1593. Every Friday between April and September, visitors can watch while costumed cheese traders re-enact a centuries-old practice of weighing more than 2,000 cheeses, stacking them on sled-style carriers and loading them onto trucks. This colorful and lively event is so popular and fun to watch that it draws about 100,000 spectators annually. What’s more, there are plenty of stalls surrounding the market where visitors can buy Dutch cheeses like Gouda and Edammer.

Location:  Alkmaar

Alkmaars Cheese Market website

Gouda Print E-mail
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GoudaGouda is famous for its cheese market, which is held every
Thursday morning in the spring and summer months in front
of the Gouda City Hall. It's fun to watch the local farmers
selling their cheese.

Location:  Gouda

Gouda website

Delft Print E-mail
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Delft, about one hour from Amsterdam, is the home of Delft, the blue and white pottery made in and around Delft and the tin-glazed pottery made in the Netherlands from the 16th century.
Delftware includes pottery objects of all descriptions such as plates, ornaments and tiles.
It's easy to walk to all the sites within the old center of Delft,
including the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), perched right on the
lovely Markt (Main Square), and the Oude Kerk (Old Church)—
where Delft's favorite son, the painter Vermeer, is buried—plus
the elegant Museum Het Prinsenhof, a 15th-century convent
that's now a Delft history museum.

Location:  Toeristen Info Punt Kerkstraat 3 (Markt) 2611 GX Delft  

Delft website

Zaanse Schans Print E-mail
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Zaanse SchansA 20-minute drive, half-hour bus ride, or hour bike ride northwest of Amsterdam, you'll find Zaanse Schans, an enticing outdoor Dutch history museum on the Zaan river—basically a mini theme park of eight windmills, a cheese-maker, a jenever (Dutch gin) tasting room,
a pannenkoeken (pancake) restaurant, and other examples of typical Dutch life, all connected by a pathway that's perfect for biking or strolling.
You can also take a ferry around the entire area, gazing at the sights from the sea.

Location:  Schansend 7  1509 AW Zaandam

Zaanse Schans website


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