For visitors or newcomers to the Netherlands, or even established residents, here’s a practical guide, which covers Holland – province by province – directing you to places known only to locals as well as to the more obvious attractions.
Hearing that Naarden was a good place to visit with a family, especially if you have children interested in castles and you don’t want to drive too far from Amsterdam, I check in the ‘Here’s Holland’ index and find Naarden.
Turning to the relevant page, I see that the town is in North Holland and reachable on the A1 east from Amsterdam. The city is – aptly we discover – described as “a large open-air museum and one of Holland’s best examples of a fortified town.” Along with a summary of the history of Naarden, the section includes information on the town’s museums, monuments and restaurants, and gives further tips about places to visit in Naarden’s neighbourhood.
Walking the wall.
The visit to Naarden was worth it. We wandered through the town, enjoyed a meal in a rustic restaurant during a brief thunderstorm, and ended with the kids taking a hazardous walk along the slippery, fortifications, their spirits not even slightly dampened by the continuing light summer drizzle. They have their diploma ‘A’ so I wasn’t worried about them drowning should they have fallen in, rather, who would do the dirty and jump in to save them.
Now I’m leafing through the rest of this neat 491-page guide to see what other towns are worth checking out to give the children a brief respite from the charms of Amsterdam.
This well-researched, practical and useful book, provides surprising details on Holland’s 12 provinces and doubles up as a travel and ‘living in’ guide.
Readers find out not only where to go and what to see, but also where to stay, from houseboats and hotels to castles, and the best restaurants in each region. They can also glean information on local Dutch culture, which includes customs, markets, crafts and products, bicycling and shopping opportunities, sport venues, and international clubs.
Following the provinces, the last few sections have specific focus, such as things to do with the kids, beaches, education resources and kids summer camps and schools. The book ends with a quick-reference section which includes a yearly calendar of festivals and events throughout the country.
Here’s Holland, which has been on the market for over 25 years – an evolution of ‘Roaming round Rotterdam in the early 70s – was written by British expatriate author Sheila Gazaleh-Weevers, and updated with American expatriate editors Shirley Agudo and Connie Moser – all three long-time residents of Holland.
The ninth edition of Here’s Holland is now available at bookshops, department stores, and online, at the retail price of EUR 27,50. For more details, including the Table of Contents or to order online visit: www.heresholland.com
[Copyright Expatica 2007]