Noord-Holland (North-Holland) is a province of the Netherlands, located in the northwest part of the country. The province is home to the country's capital Amsterdam, typical Dutch villages such as Alkmaar and Volendam, and popular beach resorts, including Bloemendaal and the Wadden Island Texel.
Highlights of Noord-Holland
Amsterdam is the absolute highlight of the province Noord-Holland. However, there are many other highlights in the province that can be reached within half an hour's drive from Amsterdam. Take for instance the historical town Haarlem, where you can visit the Frans Hals museum and its superb collection of paintings by this old Dutch master. And don’t forget the Teylers Museum, Holland's oldest public museum.
The province also boasts many sites and villages with typical Dutch features. As you travel along the east coast of Noord-Holland you’ll pass the former island Marken, the historical village Monnickendam, Edam and its world famous cheese and the marvelous fishing village Volendam. Along the west coast you can enjoy the beaches of Bloemendaal, Bergen, Texel and Zandvoort. Inland you can get a taste of traditional Dutch life at the Zaanse Schans, the Alkmaar cheese market and the UNESCO sites the Beemster Polder and the Defence Line of Amsterdam.
There are plenty of ways to turn your stay in Holland into an active holiday. The coast of Noord-Holland has no less than 100 km of sandy beaches. The dunes behind them are of outstanding natural beauty and great for a refreshing walk. The IJsselmeer lake is an enormous freshwater lake and perfect for water sports and fishing. You can imagine that the water sports, hiking and cycling opportunities are endless.