A January 2006 trip
to Netherlands by mooncross
Quote: People travel the world, but rarely look at the wonders to be found in their own backyard. With this journal, I am trying to see the beauty of the country I live in, and share it with you. More entries to come.
Attraction | "Voted Most Enjoyable Large Zoo in The Netherlands"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2009
Hondsrugweg 101 A
Historical accounts date back to the 1st century BC, when Roman forces conquered the local tribes. From the 12th century onward, Holland has been an important trade nation, with its Golden Years around the mid-17th century when Holland was a republic. When the Napoleonetic occupation ended early in the 19th century, Holland became a Kingdom.
The country's rich history is witnessed in the many monumental buildings and castles you can still find all around.
The borg has époque rooms (18th and 19th century) and an Orange-Nassau collection, work by Gerrit van Houten (1866-1934), his contemporaries, and a collection of Asian ceramics. Various exhibitions are organized in the right wing. A large park in English country style surrounds the 'borg'.
The museum is open from March 1 - January 1, Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 - 5:00, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 1:00 - 5:00pm. The park is open every day from sunup to sundown.
Entrance fees:Borg including the park:Adults € 4.50Children 0 - 5 freeChildren 6 - 12 € 2.00A visit to just the park is free.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2002
Attraction | "Snekermeer"
It is possible to rent many types of boats, from motor cruisers to sailing yachts in Friesland. But the most authentic experience comes when sailing on a so-called skûtsje. This type of boat dates back to the late 1800s/early 1900s, when the skûtsjes were used to transport dung, mud or other goods.
Of course nowadays the boats have been modified to include more modern comforts such as bunks, a tiny kitchen, a toilet, and an engine. But be prepared for the silence, when the engine dies down and the only sounds are the sail fluttering in the wind, the cries of birds and the splash of tiny waves against the boat.
Skûtsjes can be rent for half-days, weekends or weeks, and they come with a captain, or without if you are an experienced sailor. More info on the Skûtsje Verhuur Sneek company can be found on their website (Dutch only).
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003
Friesland, The Nether
The drink, which can be drunk pure of mixed with orange juice, coke or even coffee, is famous all over the world now. The brewery can be visited in the summer months June, July, August, when guided tours are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:30pm and 3pm. Other days only on request with groups of at least 15 persons. After the tour, the drink can be tasted and bottles or gift-wrapped packages are available for sale. Admission is 1.00€ per person. More information: (0)515 572 949.
Since the brewery is located on the edge of the towncenter of Bolsward, make use of the opportunity to take a little stroll through this medieval city and admire the City Hall or the church ruins.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2003
Attraction | "Keukenhof"
Nowhere is this more visible than in the Keukenhof, the flower park that draws over 650.000 visitors yearly. No small feat indeed, considering that the Keukenhof is only open during the blooming season, from March until May.
The park itself is beautifully landscaped, with patches of flowers, blooming trees, a windmill, a duck pond and many accessible walkways. Make sure you also take a look in various hothouses where orchids and even more species of tulips are grown.
Plenty of parking is available (parking fee € 4) and the Keukenhof is also easily reached by public transport, or by joining one of the many daytrips organizes from many tourist spots in the country.
More information in various languages can be found on the Keukenhof website.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2003
31 (0) 252 465 555
You can traverse the many canals by canoe of kayak. If you are less physically inclined, consider renting a so-called "whispering boat" (fluisterboot), which is driven by an electromotor. It thus makes only a whispering sounds while it carries you through this area, enabling you to enjoy a silence only broken by the cries of birds or the slapping of waves against the bow.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2003
There is the Burgers' Bush, a roofed part of the park that is build like a rain forest. Animals like birds are allowed to roam freely so keep your eyes open when wandering one of the many small paths!
Burgers' Desert is a miniature version of the Mexican desert, while Burgers' Ocean is a huge aquarium where you can wander across what appears to be the bottom of the sea while seeing several types of ocean floor.
Of course, Burgers Zoo wouldn't be a zoo if they didn't also have lions (in a large enclosure with a non-disturbing glass lookout point for visitors), elephants, and monkeys.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005
Antoon van Hooffplein 1
Arnhem, Netherlands 6816 SH
026 - 442 45 34
Attraction | "Heemtuin Arnhem: Big City Oasis"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2006
The province borders on the Waddenzee, an inland sea that falls largely dry during low tide. Dikes protect the land from the waves during high tide, while large pumps will transport excess rain water into the seas to keep the land dry.
A vast net of small roads and cycling paths lie among the fields used for agriculture and animal husbandry. Don't expect forests or hills, Groningen is mostly flat and wide.
One of the nicest ways to explore this old town is from the water. The local tourist office (VVV) offers sightseeing trips by boat on the Berkel river, and a trip lasts about an hour and a half. The boats are propelled by a generator, so they are very quiet, and accommodate up to 14 passengers. A trip is about EUR 3 p.p. Phone for more info: +31 570-519335.
If you're interested in archeology, Zutphen is the place to be. The town's history dates back to Roman times and in the Middle Ages it was an important trade city. In Zutphen you can still find pieces of the old city walls that protected the city from attack. More on archeological finds in Zutphen can be discovered at the Stedelijk Museum.
If shopping is more your thing, you'll find that the center of Zutphen is small and filled with small stores for you to browse. Naturally, Zutphen has it's share of big chain stores, but among them are many quaint stores selling antiques or furnishings or toys or jewelery.
Tired and hungry from exploring? Have a High Tea at the Koffie and Theehuis De Pelikaan. It specializes in coffee and tea, and is both a store, where you can buy any kind of coffee or tea in existence, and a small café where you can enjoy the wares, and even order a full-blown High Tea with scones, sandwiches and, of course, tea. You can find De Pelikaan at Pelikaanstraat 9, in the center of town. Phone for more info: +31 575 - 51 20 24.