North Holland

"The blue heart of the Netherlands" is a beautiful province. Nowhere else in the Netherlands there are so many variations of picturesque forests, moors, dunes, beaches, meadows and polders. Authentic Dutch cities, quiet villages, folklore and unique and high-quality cultural activities are in contrast to Dutch cities such as Amsterdam and Haarlem.

More than a quarter of the total land area of North Holland consists of lakes, canals, canals and locks. Between the North Sea and the IJsselmeer is the province of North Holland - the blue heart of the Netherlands. Discover this unique holiday destination! Our bungalows in Egmond are an ideal base for day trips to the region.

Until today, traces of the rich and varied history are found in the villages and towns of the province of North Holland. Even now, the centers of fishing villages such as Volendam, Muiden and Medemblik, which were still in the rough open sea at that time, radiate an atmosphere of the time when the IJsselmeer was called "Zuiderzee". These cities and villages became known under the name of "De Gouden Cirkel". The cities of Hoorn and Enkhuizen are still proof of the United East India Company (VOC). The numerous buildings and statues that can be seen here are reminiscent of the 17th Century, when the VOC had its high days.

But also historic cities such as Naarden, Alkmaar and Haarlem are definitely worth a visit. Each of these cities oozes its own special flair due to its historical roots. The Alkmaar cheese market is a must for every visitor to Noord-Holland. This market officially exists since 1622, but already in 1365 Alkmaar was in possession of a cheese weighing. Until the First World War, the cheese market was a necessary commercial event. In 1916 an average of 300 tons of cheese was moved per market day. At that time the market was up to 1 o'clock at night. Since 1939, Alkmaar is the only city in the Netherlands, where the cheese market has remained a tradition for so long. Alkmaar's cheese market is known worldwide. From mid-April to mid-September, every Friday from 10 am to 12 noon you can watch how the cheese makers work. The cheese carriers are members of one of the few remaining Dutch cheese carriers guild. The cheese museum is housed in the "De Waagh" building from the 14th Century. The VVV is now housed on the ground floor. The cheese museum is also accessible for wheelchair users. The museum is also very suitable for children. Opening hours: March 1 to November 1: Mon t / m Thu from 9 am to 4 pm and sat from 10 am to 4 pm Closed on Sundays.

Culture lovers will find a number of very interesting museums to visit in Alkmaar. The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar has an important collection of paintings by Dutch masters from the 16th and 17th Century. Info: stadsmuseumalkmaar.nl The beer museum is housed in a 17th Century brewery. Info: biermuseum.nl. Everything about the Beatles, music and photos Info: beatlesmuseum.nl In the Kachelmuseum you can find everything about the stoves. Info: kachelmuseum.nl. The old city center with its drawbridges, stately mansions and cozy shopping streets are the right ingredients for a city walk. The massive St. Laurenskerk was built in 1470-1516 by members of the famous family of architects Keldermans from Mechelen and is a fine example of the many beautiful buildings that Alkmaar is so rich in.

In just a few minutes you will also reach the biggest sports center in North Holland, the sports and swimming paradise "Hoornse Vaart" with wave pool, wellness center and outdoor park.The center is extensive and modernized and there are larger water play equipment for the children (110m2) a 50 meter pool and several whirlpools, tanning beds and sauna.The large open air pool also has a sunbathing area and plenty of play opportunities for the children.The whole family will find pleasure, sport, wellness and relaxation.Info: hoornsevaart.nl.

Known all over the world, the Dutch are not only for cheese, but also for flowers! Very early in the year there are the first flower shows. In January, the flower show "Westerkogge Flora" opens its doors in Avenhorn. The Holland Flower Festival is planned for late February / early March with a colorful spectacle of thousands of flower bulbs. Anyone who is interested in the newest tulip varieties should certainly visit the garden of Breezand in the spring. This flower show is combined with a spring fair. Between mid-April and mid-May, a visit to the Hortus Bolborum in Limmen is worthwhile. A museum with varieties from days long past. In May, Anna Paulowna and Breezand are completely dedicated to the flower days. Roads and bridges are decorated with beautiful flowers and mosaics. Roses lovers can see the rose in the De Broekerveiling Museum. Besides tulips, there are dahlias, lilies and gladioli and other summer flowering bulbs. At the end of August you will find 't Zand a lily show. Mosaics and small Dahlia flowers are the floral season in New Niedorp. This flower show is held annually on the third weekend in September. More than 100 mosaics made from millions of hyacinth flowers are admired in the gardens of Limmen at the beginning of May. Serious topics, alternated with happy arrangements. Weeks in advance the people of Limmen are used to put their skills to the test. Blooming fields, beautiful gardens and colorful decorated streets. Information: bloemendagenlimmen.nl.

Only 30 minutes and you are in the capital of the Netherlands "Amsterdam" or even in Capital of North Holland "Haarlem". Here you can enjoy many monuments and sights. In Amsterdam you can visit an antal of the most famous museums in Europe such as the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh and Stedelijk Museum, but also the Hermitage, the Nemo or the Anne Frank Museum are worth a visit. Information about this can be found at: rijksmuseum.nl, stads.nl, vangoghmuseum.nl, hermitage.nl. e-nemo.nl, annefrank.nl. There are two well-known museums in Haarlem. Info: franshalsmuseum.nl and teylersmuseum.nl.

Noord-Holland has many large, small and very unusual museums. As in Bergen Municipal Museum "Het Sterckenhuis" Info on: museumhetsterckenhuis.nl and of course the completely renovated museum Kranenburgh with many beautiful changing exhibitions of old and contemporary artists Info: cranenburgh.nl Museum Broeker Veiling in Broek op Langedijk is also a You can buy fruits and vegetables at the auction clock from 1903. The historic building was built on wooden posts in 1900. Info: broekerveiling.nl.

As a destination for a day trip, in any case, the "city" of Edam is recommended. Known for its cheese, but also as a port city with a special history. You will also find a very interesting museum in the historic town hall and a former merchant's house from 1540. Info: edammuseum.nl. In 1932 the Afsluitdijk closed the Zuiderzee and from now on it got the status of in-water under the name of the IJsselmeer. The rich culture of the former Zuiderzee area lives on in the collection of objects and buildings in the "Zuiderzee" museum in Enkhuizen. The exhibition also offers modern and contemporary art and cultural performances, which relate to the traditions of the Zuiderzee area. Info: zuiderzeemuseum.nl The "West Fries Museum" is an interesting historical museum with a varied collection of objects. Find a lot of the history of the city of Hoorn on the site: westfriesmuseum.nl.

If we have to believe the legend around the weapon of Volendam, this is a compliment to the beauty of the Volendam girls. It is also understandable that a well-known cabaret performer sang this typical Dutch fishing village with the text: "Who wants to see Holland at its best, goes to Volendam" The characteristic houses, canals and drawbridges and the shape of the most picturesque locations offer the visitors a atmosphere of romance and conviviality A visit to the Volendams Museum and the "Sigarenbandjeshuis" are certainly worthwhile: in the IJmuider Sea and Harbor Museum "De Visserijschool" you can see the marine life and the socio-economic development of IJmuiden to Amsterdam. IJmuiden is the third Dutch seaport and offers access to the port of Amsterdam. For more information about the development of the waterways and canals in the 19th century, see: zeehavenmuseum.nl