10 of our favourite destinations in Holland

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During our Dutch road trip in 2017, Gary and I became quite fond of this region of the Netherlands.

It has undoubtedly tempted us to want to venture further around the country and discover more of its waterways, friendly locals and regional delicacies.

North and South Holland covers just part of the western region of the Netherlands, and although the name ‘Holland’ is often used to refer to the whole of the country, it is just these two provinces.

Sailing through Haarlem, Holland, Netherlands

On a different trip, Gary and I visited Amsterdam, and I certainly couldn’t leave this colourful capital off of the shortlist.

1

Haarlem

Haarlem is only 12 miles north of Amsterdam, but the two cities feel worlds apart. The attractive weaving canals and the friendly people are similar, but Haarlem runs at a much slower pace.

The Windmill De Adriaan, Haarlem, Holland, Netherlands

Head to the Grote Markt or along the banks of the River Spaarne to find some outstanding architecture.

2

Lisse – Keukenhof

Our road trip to the Netherlands was in Spring, and that was mainly because we wanted to include a day out to Keukenhof.

The wonderful designs throughout Keukenhof, Holland, Netherlands

You don’t really need to be a flower enthusiast to be able to appreciate the time and effort that is given to this park, it is amazing. Seven million bulbs are planted every year and kept manicured throughout the few months that it’s open.

3

Amsterdam

Now a trip to Holland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Amsterdam and experience the ‘Venice of the North’. Famed for a few things other than its canals, this city is certainly vibrant and friendly.

Pieter Goemansbrug, A bridge over the  Leidsegracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

However, it is so easy to step back a couple of streets or canals and stroll amongst the peaceful cobbled streets.

4

Kinderdijk

The UNESCO windmill network at Kinderdijk is a must see & definitely take the boat trip; you get a great perspective of the 19 windmills that grace the banks since 1740.

Bridging the waterway, Kinderdijk, Holland, Netherlands

The area around Kinderdijk-Elshout is mostly below sea level, but the ingenious water management system of combining the windmills, pumping station, storage basins and ditches proved to keep the low-lying peat land dry.

5

Alkmaar

Although Alkmaar is renowned for its cheese market traditions, which are held every Friday morning between April and September.

The porters or kaasdragers, Alkmaar, Holland, Netherlands

This is a lovely city to visit all year around, and it has some wonderful architecture, peaceful canals and a cute bronze statue of a Dutch girl.

Have you?

Visited Alkmaar and watched the cheese auction?

6

Edam

Home to one of Holland’s famous cheese, Edam is a smaller town than I thought it was going to be.

Canal through the centre of Edam, Holland, Netherlands

Strolling around the lanes, you can certainly tell that it has historically been a prosperous town, with its towering Merchant Houses.

7

Gouda

More cheese, I hear you cry!! It isn’t just cheese, so many towns in Holland have an incredible network of canals and Gouda is no exception.

The Townhall in central square, Gouda, Holland, Nethelands

Gouda’s Market Square is impressive; its unmissable centrepiece is the extremely imposing Gothic Style City Hall, built between 1448 and 1450.

Why Not?

The picturesque old harbour towns are only a short hop from each other, why not hire car with SIXT car hire and visit them all.

8

Hoorn

Hoorn lies on the IJsselmeer, a lake north of Amsterdam. It has a lovely harbour and canals and some curious statues dotted around the town.

Rood Steen square in Hoorn, Holland, Netherlands

The main square is particularly attractive with merchant houses encircling it.

9

Volendam

Volendam was a bit busier than I expected, after visiting Edam.

A jetty in Volendam harbour, Holland, Netherlands

However, it has some very endearing qualities, notably the bustling little harbour, with imposing Dutch barges moored up along the quay and the quaint, colourful wooden buildings that look down upon it.

Boat Trips

From Volendam harbour, you can hop on a ferry to take you over to the lovely fishing village of Marken.

10

Monnickendam

A beautiful little town, it was initially founded by Monks, hence the name, which translates to ‘Monk’s dam’.

The quayside at Monnickendam, Holland, Netherlands

Like other fishing villages in this area, Monnickendam has some lovely canals to stroll around and are so peaceful.
So often with these towns the De Waag (Weigh Houses), have been wonderfully preserved.

Why Not

Start creating your own adventure and discover the delights of the Netherlands for yourself, Easyjet & British Airways are just a couple of options.

Inspired to visit Holland?

We’ve given you ten places we loved. If you’ve a car, Holland is easy to get around, so why not explore.

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight.Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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10 of our favourite destinations in Holland was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Janis