Centrally located along the North Sea of the Netherlands, the Dutch province of North Holland is home to the national capital of Amsterdam, a 15-minute train ride east of the provincial capital of Haarlem.

Over the centuries, the Dutch have worked to control the waterways through engineering and with windmills, and use them to their advantage. Bicycles traverse across the bridges that span canals, while boats slip beneath them. Dams and dikes create fresh water lakes and additional land that would otherwise be submerged.

Cities and Region


Greater Amsterdam, canals, architecture, museums, Schiphol Airport


beaches, dunes

North Holland

Hilversum: cycling/walking trails in this “Garden of Amsterdam”;
Edam: cheese, windmills, lake harbors;
Alkmaar: cheese market; Hoorn: agriculture;
Texel (Tessel): largest of the West Frisian Islands, bird watching, dunes, beaches

Explore The Netherlands

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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