Towns & Villages
Giethoorn: Venice of the North?
Towns & Villages

GiethoornGiethoorn is a charming village in the Overijssel region (North East of Holland), consisting mainly of canals, lakes and islands, which are connected by more than 176 small bridges. There are no cars in the old centre. 

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Volendam: Town of Singers and Footballers
Towns & Villages

VolendamVolendam is a touristic fishmermen's town, only 22 kilometres from Amsterdam. There's a harbour with old fishing boats, (often expensive) souvenir shops, and many seafood restaurants. Besides, in Volendam chances are that you'll see residents in traditional clothing. There's even a museum about Dutch costumes, where you can try them on yourself and have your pictures taken! In Holland by the way, Volendam is especially known for its singers and footballers.

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Naarden
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NaardenNaarden is one of the best preserved fortified cities in Europe. Aerial views of Naarden are spectacular, because it clearly shows that it is a Spanish star fort. However, seen from the ground the star shape of the fort is much less obvious. Most part of the large fortified walls surrounding the city centre date from the 17th century. The walls and moat have been restored and are in a good state. 

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Edam
Towns & Villages

Cheese Market in EdamEdam is famous for its cheese (Edammer) and cheese market. Until 1922, cheese carriers used to bring Edam cheese from boats to the central cheese market, where merchants could negotiate about their price.

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Harderwijk
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Until 1932 Harderwijk (Gelderland region) was located at the Southern Sea (Zuiderzee); hence, its economy was based on fishery and seafaring. It was a member of the Hanseatic League (or Hanse), which was an economic alliance of trading cities and their guilds, stretching from the Baltic to the North Sea.

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Schokland: UNESCO World Heritage
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SchoklandSchokland is a former island in the Flevoland region, which was acclaimed from the Zuiderzee. There's a museum (including a small church, museum shop, and restaurant), that shows how people, mainly fishermen, used to live here.

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Marken
Towns & Villages

MarkenMarken is a picturesque village, located on a former island (since 1957 it's a peninsula). At a distance of only 24 kilometres from Amsterdam it is a much visited tourist attraction. There are many old wooden houses, typically green-coloured, and built on piles. Besides, there's a small harbour, a church, lighthouse, and many alleys. 

 

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Urk: Another Former Island
Towns & Villages

Lighthouse in UrkJust like the towns of Schokland and Marken, Urk is a former island. Apparently, the people of Urk like to believe that they still live on an island. Urk is a typical fishermen's town, as it has always been, and it's got by far the largest fleet of the Netherlands. The fishery nature of Urk expresses itself in multiple ways: there's an appealing harbour, a beautiful lighthouse, and a monument to commemorate the fishermen, who drowned between 1865 and 1904, when fishing was far more dangerous than it is today.

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Enkhuizen
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Kids wearing Dutch costumes in Enkhuizen's open-air museumThe Noord-Holland region includes some lovely towns, like Enkhuizen. Located at both Markermeer and IJsselmeer (the former Southern Sea or Zuiderzee), this place has been a fishermen's town since the Middle Ages.

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De Rijp
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De Rijp might well be the most beautiful town of the Noord-Holland region. It has charming streets with small shops and art galleries, bridges, canals and typical houses painted in green. In the centre of this town there's the 17th century town hall, which was designed by De Rijp's most famous inhabitant, Jan Leeghwater. Leeghwater (1575-1650) was a Dutch hydraulic engineer and mill builder. Another significant building is the late-Gothic Dutch Reformed church, part of which dates from 1529.  

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