Netherlands Journals

The Netherlands: Tiny Country By The Sea

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A January 2006 trip to Netherlands by mooncross

Wide views Photo, Netherlands, Europe More Photos
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.

Zoo Emmen

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Attraction | "Voted Most Enjoyable Large Zoo in The Netherlands"

Zoo Emmen Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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The Emmen Zoo is considered one of the finest zoos in Europe and has won several awards. It first opened in 1935 and was fully overhauled in 1970, when animal management became priority. Since 2002 the Zoo has a second annex where the visitor shares a path with Humboldt penguins.In the Emmen Zoo, wherever possible, animals roam on large areas of land that have been designed to resemble places like the Africa Savanna (home of the giraffes, rhinoceroses, gazelles and other Savanna animals), or the Amazonian rain forest, and even a rat sewer system! This way, the visitor sees the animals in their natural environment, as much as such a thing is possible in a zoo in a crowded country like the N...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 11, 2009

Zoo Emmen
Hondsrugweg 101 A
Emmen

Railway station Groningen Photo, Groningen, Netherlands
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The first written mention of Groningen dates back to 1040. With over 180,000 inhabitants, the capital city of the similarly named Province of Groningen, is among the ten largest cities of the Netherlands.Despite that, the city has managed to keep its small-town atmosphere, with its medieval town center full of narrow, winding streets and large central market square that in summer fills with streetside terraces, and on market day, with stalls selling everything from antiques to clothes to knicknacks.Take a stroll through the city center; visit the historic, renovated Central Railway station; have a cup of relaxing tea in the Prinsentuin garden (free access), or climb the Martini...Read More

The Netherlands: Tiny Country By The Sea

Overview

Map Of Holland Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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The Netherlands is a small country, wedged between Germany and the North Sea. About half of it is actually beneath sea level, so the Dutch have a long history of fighting the waves. Actually, the country has a long history, period. 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....Read More

Fraeylemaborg in Groningen

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Fraeylemaborg Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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'Borg' is another word for castle. The Fraeylemaborg was build on the foundations of a 13th century castle, the right wing is the oldest part. The left wing was added in the 17th century. Through the centuries the castle was owned by the families Fraeylema, Rengers, Piccardt and others. It's been a museum since 1975.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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2002

Snekermeer Lakes

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Attraction | "Snekermeer"

Snekermeer Lakes Photo, Friesland, Netherlands
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The Netherlands are renowned for their water: rivers, lakes, canals. Nowhere is this more visible than in the northern province of Friesland (or, as the locals spell it, Fryslân), and especially around the 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, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Snekermeer Lakes
Friesland, The Nether
Friesland, Friesland

Sonnema Berenburg

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Sonnema Brewery Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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Distillery Sonnema brews its special liquor, named "Berenburg" since 1860, when innkeeper Fedde Sonnema created the drink, using 71 herbs and gin. 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 i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2003

Keukenhof Gardens

Attraction | "Keukenhof"

Keukenhof Gardens Photo, Lisse, Netherlands
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When the Dutch flower fields burst into bloom, displaying tapestries of red, blue, yellow, orange, purple, pink and any other bright color you can think of, we know that spring is in the air. 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. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2003

Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166-A
Lisse, Netherlands
31 (0) 252 465 555

Weerribben

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Weerribben Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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"De Weerribben" is a national park slightly north of central Holland, in the province of Overijssel. Over many years, peat cutters took millions of blocks of peat from the area, leaving behind a network of dozens of kilometers of small canals. Nature recaptured the area after the cutters left. De Weerribben now boasts of over 450 species of plants, some 100 different species of birds and 23 kinds of fish. 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 enjo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2003

Burgers' Zoo

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Burgers' Zoo Photo, Arnhem, Netherlands
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The history of the zoo goes back to 1913. Over the decades, lots of changes have obviously been made, and Burgers' Zoo now features some wonderful free-roaming areas besides the obvious cages for predators. 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 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Burgers' Zoo
Antoon van Hooffplein 1
Arnhem, Netherlands 6816 SH
026 - 442 45 34

Heemtuin Arnhem

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Attraction | "Heemtuin Arnhem: Big City Oasis"

Heemtuin Arnhem Photo, Arnhem, Netherlands
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A "heemtuin" is the Dutch word for a garden with native wild flora and fauna. The heemtuin in Arnhem offers a varied display of local landscapes, like farmlands, dike landscapes, river forelands, a swamp, a brook and heather. Because cultivation happens only by natural means, wild flowers and native plants grow richly, drawing birdlife and small animals like polecats.The center piece of the garden is a centuries' old oak tree. A postmarked route with information signs will lead you past all the landscapes, and benches are provided if you want to sit for a while and just enjoy the surroundings. Spring provides an abundance of wildflowers and a photographer's paradise.The heemtuin is loc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2006

Heemtuin Arnhem
Ruitenberglaan 4
Arnhem, Netherlands

Groningen: Top Of Holland

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Wide views Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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Although Holland is one of the world's most densely populated countries, it is still possible to find stretches of endless land. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the province of Groningen, in the northern part of Holland.

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.

Zutphen: Old Hanze Town

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Market Place Photo, Netherlands, Europe
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Zutphen is a small city in the center of Holland. It's one of the many old 'Hanze towns' and the history of the city dates back at least 1,000 years. About a million tourists visit Zutphen each year and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the many historical monuments. 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...Read More

Deventer: Hanseatic Town

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Waag Photo,
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Deventer is one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands, and used to be a prominent member of the Hanseatic League of merchant cities (see also my Zutphen review for another city report of a Hanseatic town). It is a town rich in history and tradition. In the heart of Deventer, many historic monuments have been conserved and renovated. Wandering the narrow city streets, whose street pattern is virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, is taking a trip back in time. The local tourism office offers both guided city walks as well as guidebooks for self-guided tours.And once you tire of wanderin...Read More
Christmas shoppers Photo, Groningen, Netherlands
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Each year, Groningen celebrates Winter City in the lead-up to the holidays. Two weeks before Christmas, a large Christmas tree is erected on the Grote Markt (main market square) while an ice rink in the best New York tradition gets built around it. A small fun fair and strings of lights in the shopping streets complete the festive atmosphere that surrounds the holiday season.Shoppers fill the streets for last minute Christmas shopping, youth (and older people!) take to their skates on the rink, whereas the little ones can enjoy a ride in the merry-go-round. Enjoying the sights and sounds is free, but using the rink or any of the rides costs a few euros. All that would be needed to complete the...Read More