Welcome to North Holland
Its lively capital, Haarlem, aside, this province has enough historic towns and attractions to fill a week or more of touring
Top experiences in North Holland
North Holland activities
Dutch Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
You’ll be picked up from Amsterdam’s Museum District. Your guide will then take you on a scenic drive through the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. Your first stop is Marken, a small fishing town known for preserving traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour along the charming streets while learning about the history of this special place. You’ll also visit a wooden shoemaker to see a craftsman busy at work, demonstrating the fine skill of wooden shoemaking. You’ll then board a boat for a journey to Volendam, offering a beautiful view of Lake Ijssel. When you arrive in Volendam, you’ll have free time to explore this traditional Dutch fishing village on your own. Browse the shops and even take a picture of yourself in traditional Volendam costumes, which are sill worn during folkloric events. Then meet with your group for lunch at a restaurant along the dike. Here you'll enjoy a set 3-course meal, and can choose between a fish, meat or vegetarian option. Water is included, and other drinks are available for purchase. Your next stop is Edam, a gem in the heart of North Holland. This little town is famous for its cheese, which has been enjoyed around the world for centuries. Savor the flavor of Edam during a cheese tasting at a local cheese shop. Not only is Edam famous for cheese, it also has a rich history as a former shipyard and is home to one of the Netherlands’ largest churches, the Grote Kerk, which you’ll see on your walking tour. Wander the cobblestone streets and gaze upon the quaint homes and bridges along Edam’s canals – it’s like taking a stroll through a Dutch postcard. From Edam, continue your scenic drive through the countryside to the province of Zaandam, where you’ll visit the neighborhood of Zaanse Schans. This famous area is home to a wonderful collection of well-preserved, historic windmills. The area also has picturesque homes, wooden barns and scenic meadows for you to see. Visit one of the windmills by foot, exploring the inside to discover the importance of this Dutch icon up-close. Zaanse Schans completes your authentic Dutch excursion. You’ll then make your way back to Amsterdam.
Private Zuiderzeemuseum Holland Open Air Museum Tour in Enkhuizen
Start your tour either in the morning or in the afternoon. Take the ferry and head off to the Outdoor Museum, focused on the history of people that used to live on the shores of the Zuiderzee. From April up to October, craftsman are busy with their everyday work in the outdoor museum. You will also have access to the Indoor Museum, that has one of the biggest collection of wooden ships in the country and where you will admire specific exhibitions. The Museum Theme for 2016 is Zuiderzee Museum Flooded.This year, water is the central theme. commemorating the massive flood that happened a century ago in the Zuiderzee area. As you may know, these disastrous floods are still common in many places in the world. It will look as if part of the Outdoor Museum is flooded after a dike breach. Enter the stricken area to observe and feel what it is like, with all the havoc and the stench. Walk along the jetties past the houses hit by the flood and talk to the occupants about the impact of such a disaster. Learn about the behavior that should be adopted in case of a flood. And see what the work that is continuously being done by the Dike Board in North Holland to prevent a flood.
2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Alkmaar
At either 10am or 2pm, meet your private guide at your hotel or the Alkmaar train station and set off at a relaxing pace to explore this charming historic town. With just your group and your private guide, enjoy the flexibility to customize the walking tour to your liking. As you wander through the historic streets, step back in time: Alkmaar is one of the oldest cities in the province of North Holland, believed to be founded by Romans before the 10th century.Wander down the lively shopping street and relax on one of the city's many terraces. Pass by the Grotekerk (St. Lawrence church), and step inside during the summer months to see the two beautiful pipe organs. Visit the public weighing house, and hear about its role during the Dutch Golden Age when Holland was a major global trading force. Visit the city hall–built during the Dutch War of Independence–and see a bullet hole from the year 1573 in its façade.Your tour concludes at the Cheese Museum (entrance included), where you can learn about the cheesemaking process at your leisure. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get insider’s tips about local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport, and more.