‘s-Hertogenbosch – St. John’s Cathedral – The Netherlands
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Sint Jan. In 1220 they built a parish church dedicated to Sint Jan (‘Saint John’), and subsequently transformed it into a collegiate church in 1366. Finally, in 1559, it turned into a Cathedral after a fire. This Cathedral church is … Read More

Valkenburg, Fluweelengrot mine under the castle – The Netherlands
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Marl quarry. In the Middle Ages a cheap way to get building stones was getting them out of a marl quarry. Marl is a soft type of stone, that can be cut out with a big saw. In one day, … Read More

Kasteel Ruurlo, Estate with medieval roots – The Netherlands
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Kasteel Ruurlo. This former castle was already mentioned in the 15th century. In the 18th century they transformed it into an estate with a country house. In 20th century it became the City Hall of Ruurlo. Now it is a … Read More

Sallandse Heuvelrug, hike on the Eelerberg – The Netherlands
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Eelerberg. Eelerberg is a hill near Hellendoorn. Officially it is not part of National Park the Sallandse Heuvelrug, but it is in the same wooded area. You can hike using the signs put up by Natuurmonumenten (the Dutch Society for … Read More

Friesland, Tjeukemeer – The Netherlands
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Highway A6. Every country has them: parking places close to a highway. At most of them you do not want to stick around for longer than 10 minutes. When you drive along the A6 into Friesland, the first thing you … Read More

Drenthe, Dolmens resting in the fields – The Netherlands
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Drenthe. During the Stone and Iron Ages a civilization created burial chambers using big megaliths that came to our country with the glaciers. One stone alone can weigh a few tons. These days you can find most of these ‘hunnebedden’ … Read More

Amsterdam, Rembrandt Square – The Netherlands
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Rembrandtplein. From the Jewish quarter in Amsterdam it’s a short walk or a tram stop to a square with the name Rembrandtplein. It was named after the famous Dutch 17th century painter Rembrandt van Rijn. For 15 years this square … Read More

Inside the Royal Palace Amsterdam – The Netherlands
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Royal Palace The Royal Palace in Amsterdam has not always been a Palace. During Amsterdam’s Golden Age Jacob van Campen constructed it as a City Hall. Amsterdam became rich from trading with the far east and transporting slaves to America. … Read More

Amsterdam, Dam Square – The Netherlands
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Amsterdam. In the center of Amsterdam you will find a square with two national monuments. It’s called ‘Dam Square’ and usually it’s crowded with people. You can walk there from Central Station in about 5 minutes. The first monument is … Read More

Utrechtse Heuvelrug, the Pyramid of Austerlitz – The Netherlands
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Austerlitz. Everybody knows that Austerlitz is not really a Dutch name for a town. It is the place where Napoleon’s French forces made a stunning victory. Only 75,000 French soldiers defeated an army of 90,000. As a result the Netherlands … Read More

IJmuiden, Batterie Heerenduin & Olmen
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Atlantic Wall. During WWII the Germans built several defence works and fortifications to protect themselves from the Allied Forces. Battery Heerenduin and Battery Olmen belonged to this so-called ‘Atlantic Wall’. You can find them near the harbour city of IJmuiden … Read More

Twickel, a hike through the estate – The Netherlands
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Twickel. Near the village of Delden there is an estate called Twickel. Part of this estate is a castle, but this part is not open for the public. However, you can walk for free through the estate. There is a … Read More

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