This is truly a cosmopolitan state

Netherlands - a country of tulips and windmills, beautiful castles, historic towns, museums and distinctive landscapes. Netherlands is a country of contrasts, where the architecture of past centuries, side by side with ultra-modern buildings of glass and concrete, and luxury cars make way for cyclists.

Most photographed place on the planet!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Zhebiton on October 12, 2013

The world-famous Keukenhof gardens is one of the most beautiful places on our planet. It is famous for its tulips.
History of Keukenhof , translated from Dutch meaning " kitchen garden " , is inextricably linked with the name of Countess van Beira. In the XV century on this lands was located the estate of this amazing woman . Here she grew herbs for the kitchen court .
Bookmark parkland Keukenhof engaged in 1857. At the same time were used classical principles of English park construction. The idea of the creation of the park flowers appeared from the manufacturers and exporters of flowers in 1949. They decided to create a visual exposure for flowers. Began to grow not only tulips, but daffodils , hyacinths, Japanese Sakura - the whole thousand of color patterns .

That's all it was decided to see in May of this year, after years of dreams.
Keukenhof annually visited by millions of tourists. Many of them come here again and again.

Royal Park Keukenhof is under the patronage of ex-Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands . She even has her own pavilion , Beatrix Pavilion. There is a constant composition - orchids.
Most photographed place on the planet! I filmed a lot of pictures, so many for one day, I have not photographed yet.
Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166-A
Lisse, Netherlands
31 (0) 252 465 555

Nice hotel, quite expensive, but well located.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Zhebiton on May 6, 2012

It is very conveniently located. You leave the station Amsterdam Central - and the hotel is on the left, the inscription can be seen immediately on the building.
When the settlement was given two magnetic key, but did not explain that one of them - from the elevator .... Lift until the key is not attached, does not lift up.
In a double room - a pair of slippers, gowns did not exist, although feedback from the guests mentioned about them. Number of large, easy to use. The closet was an iron and ironing board. There were also tea (a very long time to boil), cups in a box - coffee, tea, sugar and cream. A couple of first days of the contents of the boxes replenished, then, have ceased.
In the bathroom every day update bottles of gel, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Upon checking we were met by a toothbrush. After its opening, the next day there was a second.
Towels are changed every day, but for this they need to be put under the requirements of the hotel.

During our stay in Amsterdam was very cold. Radiator in the room worked, but because glass in the center of the window was single, and the number of square large enough to heat. Split the heat refused to work, just very buzzed, and the warm air did not give. The window looked out on the numbers of a narrow street with bars, cafes. At the weekend it was very noisy! On weekdays - okay.
Mini-bar filled to the eyeballs. They tried us to pay 2 bottles of water from the bar, although we did not take them.
Internet facilities are connected via a modem in the room, but the fee. At the reception wi-fi is free. But on 30 minutes.
When you check in spite of my full prepayment, removed from the card for another 100 euros, calling it a guarantee and preauthorization. I did not like, SMS came from the bank was withdrawing money, not the reservation. Internet banking also confirmed the withdrawal. Armed with all these extracts and the letter of the hotel to confirm the full payment, I went to find out the situation. From the shot with my 100 euro city tax withheld, which was not included in the price and the difference back in cash when we check out.
The situation of paying for accommodation has left an unpleasant aftertaste.
NH Barbizon Palace
Amsterdam, Netherlands
31 20 5564564

Really very good hotel

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Zhebiton on October 26, 2013

Thoughtful design, beautiful compositions and tasteful furniture, sketches of ships, paintings and completes it's transparent roof - is it possible to remain indifferent to such a grace. Feeling the infinitude of space and lack of walls.
The staff are friendly, speak English without problems. Check-out was long, a lot of people in the same time and only two staff in the front. I came after 2 and have to wait around 30 minutes for my room.

Sophisticated equipment to the smallest detail. Room is very comfortable to the guests. The room set: robes / slippers, tea / coffee maker / utensils, iron / ironing board, umbrella, everything you need.

Bathroom is good. Floor heating, hygiene kits all right, nice towels. Hair dryer and scale were available. Problems with the plumbing and hot water were not.

Of the benefits everywhere in the hotel is free WI-FI at high speed.

Booked a room with breakfast. Cheese, many different cases of herring and pates. Freshly squeezed juices, coffee and pastries. Meat cutting, different milks and fruit and vegetables. Hot meals are prepared right there - in all kinds of eggs and pasta with various sauces. Everything was really good.

There is a bar in the lobby, I took a great cocktail Bloody Mary with a very high content of vodka.

Perfectly location.
Radisson SAS Hotel Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The heart of The Hague

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Zhebiton on February 7, 2011

The heart of The Hague, I'll always take a hunting lodge of Count Floris IV.
There was a miracle, and I saw it just now.
And no one had looked! The area was completely empty benches were absolutely free.
Just me, herring and a lock.
This house for me - the ideal of Gothic architecture. I'm biased, I know. But this is my discovery.
The drop dead time for the second visit Binehofa - evening. Rather, even late in the evening.
Binenhov no one is protected. There will be no tourists. Solitary cyclists glide along the walls. Drivers Hague officials are waiting near the car. And you'll be one to sit on the bench, cracking herring with a bun, talking down, looking at a lighted windows painted ceilings and breathe the air of the Royal Hague.
The city is growing around the castle. On the other hand - the front surface.
Moritshaus is like our Tretyakov Gallery.
You can even see anything in common between the personality of the founder of collections.
Encyclopedia of scantily and patterns say about the owner Moritshausa - Moritz of Orange as a military, Prince, Field Marshal, Governor of the Netherlands Brazil.
And then I read his biography.
He forced his officers to study in universities! It's in the 17 century. And then founded the world's first academy for training military personnel. Ahead of its time, perhaps the first to realize the importance of education of the military. And the army's military dependence on professionally trained officers.
I have no doubt that now he had driven his army into an art gallery and would make them not only look but also to understand those paintings, which he gathered in this house.
For that, I love the Hague, so it is now deserted for such species. The most spectacular alley in the city, five o'clock and not a single person.
Mauritshuis The Royal Picture Gallery
Korte Vijverberg 8
The Hague, Netherlands, 2513
31 (70) 302-3456

Antwerp is the world center of diamonds

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Zhebiton on November 9, 2010

If the theater begins with a hanger, a town starts from the station! but in Antwerp it gorgeous!
This is part of the old station.
Antwerp - the world center for processing and trade of diamonds.
Cathedral has long been a symbol of the city, a monument of medieval and gothic culture is the tallest cathedral in Belgium, and has the highest church tower Benelux (123 meters)
Inside the cathedral there are two priceless works of Flemish paintings of the XVII century are also included in the World Heritage: "Exaltation of the Cross" and "Descent from the Cross" by Rubens.
Entrance is 5E. Shooting without flash is allowed!

The city is situated on both banks of the River Scheldt.
On the shore is Castle Wall.
Currently, the castle is the National Maritime Museum
Before entering the castle is a monument Long Vapperu, character Antwerp folklore.

at the end of our journey we went to cafe to try vkusnyuchego Belgian beer

We went to the station .... Another hour and we are in a fairy tale ... Bruges ...

Most modern of all Dutch cities

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Zhebiton on September 20, 2010

The second largest city of the Netherlands and most modern of all Dutch cities. Its modernity, he, however, obliged to the vagaries of fate: during the Second World War the city was heavily damaged by German bombing, and after the war had to build it from scratch. Built the city is not in the Dutch style: Rotterdam is very different from all other cities in the country. Here, instead of the typical Dutch narrow streets and winding canals are spacious, luxurious shopping malls, modern buildings and the busiest harbor oceans. And how many tall buildings here, a modern sculpture, cutting-edge architecture, and how violently seething cultural life here!
Once you arrive at the main train station in Rotterdam, so soon and realize: this is not Amsterdam: Amsterdam here and does not smell. The first thing that catches your eye when you exit the city - it's skyscrapers, skyscrapers, skyscrapers ...
And in Rotterdam is somehow lighter and freer breathing: there are no narrow streets, which look all the time stick to the house and turns, there are no sidewalks, designed for walking strictly on one, not as much throughout the series standing bike. In Rotterdam, unusual for the center of Amsterdam, broad streets with an incredibly beautiful artificially created channels.
There is a special area for skateboarders and bicyclists. And if you look closely, you notice that even those homes that would seem quite able to stand and Amsterdam, it turns out, are decorated with a modern touch, issuing a slightly different style.
In the end, they even do not know what love more: the Amsterdam canals that had existed for centuries, with their floating houses and a special atmosphere here, or here are artificially created, but very original and comfortable small ponds, canals of Rotterdam to the thrown across them, cutting-edge bridges and c scattered along the banks of the original bright skaymekami.
Not deny the originality of design of their facades and the Rotterdam buildings. For example, in the photo below building the Netherlands Architectural Institute (NAI). To get into the need to go on the bridge, over which hangs some abstract figures of unknown destination.
And next, exactly on the other side of you is broken with a modern fleet scattered in his abstract sculptures and monuments not clear why. And all the same artificial canals with artificial turf. A little shortage of natural randomness and randomalnosti cornering channels, the growth of grass and the location of the tracks. Davleet some inexplicable mathematical precision in everything. It is difficult to say whether this is good or bad. Just a completely different, unusual.
But in Rotterdam there are also places where the traditional Dutch style feels a little more. Thus, for example, seemed to the area around the small port of Veerhaven. Home here a little more like Amsterdam than in other parts of the city, and if not for wide streets, one could believe that was in the Dutch capital.
However, this feeling disappears, is only slightly move away from Veerhaven towards an incredibly beautiful park Vet Park, at one end of which is well-known Rotterdam evromachta. Evromachta this really is now a common observation deck, but still about 50 years ago was the highest building in the city.
But by the end of space and freedom of the modern city of Rotterdam you feel when you go out to his huge waterfront, offering views of a number of high-rises that are scattered on the other side. And here is seen the main symbol of Rotterdam - Erasmus Bridge (yes, Erasmus and his famous work "Praise of Folly" - is also here).
Rotterdam all my heart cries out that he was new, completely different and incredibly free Dutch city, a city of the future. And as any great respect for their unique city, Rotterdam has got himself his own Walk of Fame - Dutch response to the French Cannes, and this response can be considered a success, because the Dutch and here took a step forward and offered to perpetuate its bridge not only the handprints of celebrities, but and imprints of their feet.
But the most interesting and most modern that can be seen in Rotterdam, you will find a metro station Blaak. It is here that the famous Rotterdam buildings: cubic houses, buildings of the library, hotel and restaurant Proef.
Original high-rise building in the photo below - the hotel and restaurant Proef.
But from then on - the famous cube houses built by architect Piet Blom'om in 1984. The lower floors - a support for the 40 cubes, constructed above. The walls of these cubes are arranged at an angle, due to which out of 100 sq.m. area of an individual apartment, about a quarter of the space is not suitable for life, and why, and unusable. From the side looks more than fun. %) I heard somewhere that some owners of these cubic houses spend on them guided tours. And in some of them were going to open a hotel room. I do not know if opened, but, in my opinion, this is wonderful.
Not less marvelous in my mind and there is a building with yellow piping. This library building, and next to this building is the mass of every original buildings in the same style, is a library systems (Library Theatre, and something in this spirit).

A real Dutch village

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Zhebiton on September 20, 2010

As expected, revered tourist guide, and learned: "To understand what a real Dutch village, you will no doubt go to Zaanse Schans. Here you can visit the museum of windmills, to see how to cook the cheese, go on a trip to the factory production of wooden shoes. "
Doubts have nevertheless emerged: as a not very word "museum" is correlated with the words "this Dutch village." But still the same directory of our doubts were dispelled: the village, these were actually real ... 200 years ago. And they stood around the coast of the river Zaan. They were called: Koog aan de Zaan, West Zaan, Oost Zaan, Zaandijk, Zaandam. Even the dialect spoken here is called Zaans.
In district Zaanstreek people lived, using wind power. The terrain here was a marshy, damp soil, the trees do not grow, and the wind blew incessantly, and therefore became the only thing in those days, the means of existence - the source of energy.
It was like this. More than 400 years ago, more precisely in 1596 by Dutch lesopilschikom Kornelizoonom Cornelis (Cornelis Corneliszoon) from Uitgeesta (Uitgeest) was invented and built the first sawmill, working on wind turbines. Wind sawmill to process the tree was 30 times faster than by hand. Cornelis patented his invention in 1597, and then perfected, and it played a key role in the economic development of Dutch "Golden" 17-th century: it is possible to quickly and efficiently build ships, and thus promote trade with other countries, discovering new lands, and even grow them. It is known that, thanks to seafaring, the Netherlands had colonies on all continents.
Over three centuries since the invention in the Netherlands were built thousands of wind mills for industrial processing of wood, grains, nuts, seeds, cocoa, corn, to grind the bark, stones, chalk, for paint and snuff. Only in the district Zaanstreek century ago wooden windmills been around for thousands. This was the first world industrial zone.
Time of war and fire have done their job - and by the mid 20th century from the 17 th century in the Netherlands is little left. But that still left, they brought ashore Zaana and blind Dutch village à la Potemkine ... something restored, to build something from scratch, put five working mills for every taste: Oil pressed, rubbed paint, mustard, make, wood chip. Painted all in green, added a cheese factory, klompodelnyu and a bit of civilization (toilets half a euro, boat rentals, entrance fees and other democratic values) and now the Look - a real 17 th century Dutch village.
Go to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam Central Station for about 15 minutes. Go to the Koog-Zaandijk - immediately after the stop "station Zaandam. Zaandam is famous because it was here in 1697, he studied carpentry and built its first ships of Peter the Great. It even survived a house where he lived for eight days under the name of Peter Mikhailov.
The train is coming from Amsterdam and Zaandam through Cooga-Zaandik toward Uitgeest - in this city was first built a windmill, which is now in the Netherlands has any self-respecting village.
We went to the Cooga-Zaandik and follow the signs through the village went peshochkom Zaandijk to the river to the ferry to drive in the Zaanse Schans - a windmill that could be seen on the horizon.
We have not met a single person. Maybe because it was Saturday. No one was dug in the gardens, no one was looking out the window. Children are not running down the street. No one. Silence, cleanliness, smell of fresh bread.
We approached one of the houses, windmills, standing on the street and looked into the open door. The owner, before sitting idly at the table, shook himself, jumped to the door and motioned to enter - inside something like a souvenir shop: a model melnichek, Klomp, dolls, and some other trinkets. The mill is clearly the new or recently renovated, although under the wings affixed with two dates - 1656 and 1955. When we asked what was meant by these dates, the owner replied: his ancestors built this mill processing of corn in 1656. Since then, the family lives here. The mill was rebuilt several times - the last time in 1955 by his grandfather.
Zaanse Schans Historic Windmills
Schansend 1
Zaandam, Netherlands, 1509
+31 (0)75 681 00 00

The Hague will always be associated with herring

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Zhebiton on September 20, 2010

The Hague - the city of calm, even prim. After all, the residence of the queen. Here everything is leisurely, measured, dignified. Even the fountains do not seem out of the water and of glycerol. Flea, who is also an antique market, operating in the summer on Sundays and Thursdays to 16 hours, it is easy to shut up for the belt of any district muzeychik - here, and silver, ancient furniture, hats with feathers and a sword with a magnificent Garda. Perhaps the Hague is not so interesting to look at, like the rest of the city - it should live.

But for me now The Hague will always be associated with herring. His famous Dutch herring waiting the whole year - to discuss the weather, worry on, could work up zhirok and there will be enough old stock. The newspapers reported the alleged start of the new season. And so it appears. Insanely delicious, not salty, a hundred times tastier than any sushi. Herring are sold on the street - one (1.6 euros Thing). Visitors - porezhut and put in a plate or in a cut loaf. Local (as made) swallow whole herring, throwing back her head and grabbed the split fish specifically for left tail. A hair's breadth as a bronze characters in the picture above. I'm not even sure that herring, which I tried in The Hague, was one of the new catch - if I understand correctly, the season was only begin on June 6, the day after my departure. But if what I ate, it was last year, then I can not imagine how tasty could be a new ... But on the other hand, in such a beautiful North Sea can afford to fly only a very tasty fish.

With belly full of magic fish, you can go wander around the city. There are not many channels, except that in the parks, but they look absolutely fabulous. All shades of green, the silence and aroma of the foliage (which you will feel, if not slightly earlier oblyapaetes herring, as I did).

However, if you do not think Herring is too delicious, I advise you to go to a fish restaurant near the harbor, on the opposite side of the lighthouse. Eatery looks like junk food, in her terrible pandemonium and I have long wondered why I was pulled into a hole. I just wondered up until not to bring plastic miskulohan with buaybesom. Present. From different fresh fish and other marine reptiles. After the second spoon Dutch herring shamefully slipped from first to second place in my personal ranking of goodies. And, of course, I'm stuffed to the disgrace.

After these excesses no serious walks out of the question. But hurry in The Hague, especially nowhere - can afford to slowly plod along the streets, dreamily gazing at the quiet town where people live, knowing his own worth.

It's the most photographed place on earth

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Zhebiton on September 21, 2010

This park is located between Amsterdam and The Hague in the small town of Liss. Seven million tulip bulbs are planted here each year. And all the hard work - for two months in a year when a huge flower garden is open to the public.

Translated from the Dutch Keukenhof- the kitchen yard. In the fifteenth century, these lands belonged to the estate of Countess Jacob van Beira and served her place for hunting and the cultivation of herbs for court cuisine. The woman she was fighting for 36 years and life has had time enough: four single visit, to serve a prison and participate in several wars, one of which she even fought against the former husband.

Now nothing reminds of the reigning once in Europe, Tulip Fever, but back in 1637 for one bulb sold the estate.
Parkland "Keukenhof" laid back in 1857, while using the classic principles of English parkostroeniya. In 1949, under pressure from manufacturers and exporters of flowers took up the idea of creating the park flowers up close. It was agreed that the "Keukenhof" becomes a visual exposure to trade such an unusual commodity. And so it happened.

Grow here is not just tulips. Thousands of color ornaments present daffodils and hyacinths, and the Japanese sakura simply did come in white.
After many hours of walking it seems that the creators have decided to cater to strong exposure to all.

Beyond the usual souvenir shops and a fairly liberal attitude towards those who comes to the lawn for the beautiful snapshots, the organizers of all this magnificence brought in the "Keukenhof" and that, at first glance does not seem to fit in with the Amenity Horticulture.
Along many avenues are sculptures by Dutch and foreign artists.

Beauty simply hovers over the "Keukenhof". Even the crowds of tourists to its polyphony and bustle can not Porush a wonderful atmosphere.

A new landscape is revealed to us on every meter of the path. And it is with swans floating on the pond, then with an unusual range of colors, perfectly coexist on the same flower bed, and then a working mill on the edge of the tulip fields, gently reminding: ''See, we in the Netherlands.''
They say, "Keukenhof - the most photographed place on earth, and at least once a day here sounds offer" hands and hearts. " I do not know whether this is so, but to photograph this beauty really want to, but a declaration of love then God himself commanded. And local designers say that a visit to the park helps in proper planning of your own garden.

We liked it. Will be in those places in the spring, take a look
Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166-A
Lisse, Netherlands
31 (0) 252 465 555

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