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Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans

If you’ve a hankering to see windmills, this is where to come. A 10-minute walk from Koog-Zaandijk station, Zaanse Schans is a European Heritage village unchanged since before the industrial revolution. This open-air museum contains... Read More

Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Holland’s second city is a very different proposition to its big rival, Amsterdam. A port city that was all but destroyed in the war, today Rotterdam is a dynamic cultural hub characterised by stunning modern architecture. Gleaming... Read More

Kasteel Amerongen

Kasteel Amerongen

The village of Amerongen is home to the castle where Kaiser Wilhelm was exiled after World War I. The current structure dates from the 17th century, rebuilt after the French destroyed the medieval one. The interior, filled with fine... Read More

Haarlem

Haarlem

An easy day trip from Amsterdam, Haarlem (15 minutes, €4 one-way from Amsterdam Centraal) is the centre of Holland’s tulip industry. The Keuenhof Gardens (closed until 2014) and Lisse flower fields you see on the covers of tourist... Read More

Efteling

Efteling

Holland’s answer to Disneyland is this huge, mock fairytale forest filled with characters from children’s favourite stories, alongside an equally extensive amusement park. Latest attractions are Europe’s largest water show,... Read More


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