The North Holland provincial capital of Haarlem is located just west of Amsterdam via a 15-minute train ride.

Just a short walk from the beautiful Art Deco train station, narrow streets lead to the Grote Markt (Grand Market) square and the Grote St-Bavo Kerk (Great Church) in the center of town. Medieval architecture and museums are found along charming cobbled streets and canals, where bicycles pass over historic bridges.

The Netherlands Explored

Weekend in Amsterdam

Diversity is embraced here. “Weird” might be the Dutch norm due to pragmatic tolerance. This trade city has been accustomed to associating with different cultures, ideologies and lifestyles for centuries. Cooperation defines the Dutch. Tolerance makes Amsterdam’s heart beat. Rather than losing control to the social issues that can’t be eliminated through legislation—such as soft drugs,…

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Locating the Netherlands

The constitutional monarchy of the Netherlands is divided into 12 official provinces (4 regional divisions). Beginning in Amsterdam during our trip to Northwestern Europe, we explored three of the provinces of West Netherlands—North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht—and then traveled through Breda in North Brabant of South Netherlands on our way to Belgium. Where in the…

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