You can be in the centre of Amsterdam in 12 minutes by public transport.
Say ‘Amsterdam’ and everyone will think of beautiful façades, canals and musea.
One of the best and most attractive ways to discover the city centre is a tour on a comfortable round-trip boat. The route leads past 17th- century merchant’s houses, elegant bridges, beautiful church spires, the ‘skinny’ bridge, the narrowest house (just one front door wide) , and the ‘Golden Curve’ of the Herengracht.
Rijksmuseum : The Rijksmuseum will in its De meesterwerken (The Masterworks) exhibition present the very finest work of its collection.
More than 400 masterworks will tell the impressive story of the political economic and artistic miracle of the Dutch Golden Age.
Van Gogh Museum : The Van Gogh Museum manage the largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh in the world, consisting of more than 200 paintings and more than 700 letters, as well as his collection of Japanese prints.
The Amsterdam Historic Museum : The Amsterdam Historic Museum tells the exciting story of the development and bloom of this unique city.
Anne Frank House: Step through the hidden entrance behind the bookcase and visit the ‘Secret Annex ‘, the place where Anne Frank wrote her diary.
I Amsterdam Card :
The I Amsterdam Card consists of a card, a public transport ticket and a Guide.
There is a choice of a 24, 28 or 72-hours Card.
With the card one can visit free of charge the numerous museums which participate in the Card.
Info : Amsterdam Tourist Office
Stationsplein (opposite Centraal Staion)
Inside Centraal Station (platform 2 B)
Broek in Waterland has excellent and frequent busconnections to and from Amsterdam (EBS, lines 110, 311, 314, 315, 317, 118; in only 13 minutes to Amsterdam CS)
Or perhaps Marken has the strongest Dutch character? The external features of clothing and houses have visibly remained intact. Perhaps because Marken was an island for so long?
In the Marker Museum learn all there is to know about the history of the island and traditional costume.
Marken has succeeded in retaining its singular island character.
This becomes evident when walking through historic Marken and taking in the 184 listed buildings of the island.
Alternatively, consider a walk around Marken (zuiderzeepad of Wervenroute, ca 9 km) a real must. Once you reach the lighthouse on the eastern side, which used to show the Amsterdam merchants their way over the Zuider Zee, it looks just like a naïve painting masterpiece. Look at: www.markermuseum.nl
The most obvious association with the name ‘Edam’ is its cheese. For centuries the well-known round Edam cheeses have been sent from this little town to all corners of the world.
The cheese market, once again restored to its place of honour, is enacted weekly during the summer months. And nearby cheese warehouses keep alive the memory of a colourful past. www.edammerkaasmarkt.nl
However, Edam is more then cheese!
Edam is a city with a rich history. It began in the 12th century, when farmers and fishermen settled along the little Ye river.
Whit that ‘Yedam’was a fact. This primitive settlement developed into an increasingly prosperous town well into the 17th century.
Shipbuilding played an important role in this growth. Once Edam had 33 ship-yards building many famous ships.
Beside shipbuilding, commerce was a major contributor to the thriving development of Edam.
Together with Amsterdam, Hoorn and Enkhuizen, Edam was one of the most important
Commercial towns in Holland.
Is a village with town aspirations. It is world famous, not only from a tourist standpoint: because where are the eels fatter and where are there more pop groups in abundance?
is not to mention football, no smaller community in Holland has managed to play professional football in the highest ranks.
Volendam: Just a short walk away you can have your picture taken in traditional Volendam costume, take a trip by boat to the historic of Marken or go shopping on Volendam’s famous dike.
Look at: www.vvvvolendam.nl
Monnickendam grew up in the 11th century when monks from the St.Salvator on the Monnekemeer and the Marienburg on Marken monasteries decided to build a dam between the Gouwzee and one of the Waterland lakes: the traditional origination of many Dutch towns.
Monnickendam has not been home to monks for many years but it is a rustic and unblemished Dutch town on both sides of an old town port. In the city centre is the old Speeltoren (playing tower) with the oldest playable carillon in the world.
We recommend exploring Monnickendam by foot: ambling is the best way to get the most of the city’s historic splendour.
Look at: www.oudmonnickendam.nl