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4 Places You Must See when in Amsterdam

Monday, February 2, 2015
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There is absolutely no way anyone could ever list all the beautiful places and towns in Holland and around Amsterdam to see. So, I’ve cut them down into seperate parts. Haarlem in Particular being only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam was an obvious one. Lots of history and Gothic stories. The Nine Street corners is something I just only discovered recently and loved the home made feeling. Zandvoort is an old time favorite. Especially when you go deeper inside the forest around the area and have a little picnic. Here are 4 places you must see when in Amsterdam.

Places You Must See when in Amsterdam

Haarlem Haarlem is a charming, medieval city in North Holland with lots of beautiful things to see and do. Dutch Haarlem dates back to gothic times and this is reflected in the architecture and cobbled streets, which make for perfect walks and photography! Only 15 minutes by train, Haarlem makes an excellent base for visitors to Amsterdam. Haarlem is also very close to historic Leiden, the cheese markets of Alkmaar and an hour from The Hague. This makes Haarlem an excellent choice to stay in when exploring North and South Holland making it to the list of 4 Places You Must Visit when in Amsterdam!

Photo by Erik Hageman @erikhageman (Intsagram)
Photo by Erik Hageman
@erikhageman (Intsagram)

The Nine Streets Amsterdam is in the heart of Amsterdam’s canal district and is one of the city’s most delightful shopping areas. Just two minutes walk from the Royal Palace in the Dam Square, these picturesque streets straddle the 17th Century canals from the Singel to the Prinsengracht. You will also find wonderful small homemade cafes and delicious bakeries!

Zandvoort If you know me well, you would have guessed I would have added a beach close by. Zandvoort is so special and has been one of the best places to visit since 1828! Kite surfers lovers, this place is a little heaven! Just 30 minutes away by train from Amsterdam, you can find just wonderful photography moments there!

Bungalows-am-Strand-von-Zandvoort

Zaanse Schans & Volendam North of Holland you’ll find many Dutch clichés, including the traditional costumes and wooden shoes. Most of them, however, have a lot of historic truth to them. Volendam is famous for musicians, churches, street photography and all things traditional. A special memory really. I remember just laughing so hard on this particular day. A very touristic place but you worth the 50 minutes train ride. Everyone is always happy there at Zaanse Schans. It’s a small village on the banks of the Zaan river, complete with tidy green houses, real working windmills, and small topical museums such as the Clock Museum and the first Albert Heijn store. In the 17th and 18th century there were thousands of windmills along the dykes; sawmills, dye mills, oil mills etc that powered the Dutch economy. The Zaanse Schans village gives you a picture of what it must have been like.

Photo by Polina (Polabur)
Photo by Polina (Polabur)

 

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