Why go?

Discover the multifaceted province of North Holland and enjoy a wonderful holiday embracing every one of the typically Dutch icons! Visit the cheese markets in Alkmaar and Edam, the fishing village of Volendam, and the windmills on Zaanse Schans. Beautiful beaches and attractive dune landscapes can be found in Zandvoort, Bergen aan Zee, and Petten.

Things to do

Eating & drinking

Where to find great food in North Holland? We have selected 10 Michelin-star restaurants in Amsterdam for you. We also offer suggestions for restaurants and cafés in Haarlem and Alkmaar. Did you know that the island of Texel is part of this province? Texel lamb is a typical product of the region.

Where to stay

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North Holland Tour

Explore the most impressive Dutch nature reserves and culture during an 8-day cycling tour.

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Authentic villages in North Holland

Marken

The traditions of yesteryear live on in Marken. Walk through the harbor and be amazed at the authentic wooden houses.

Volendam

Visit the diverse fishing village of Volendam, close to Amsterdam.

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Monnickendam

A small town with a grand history.

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Dutch Traditions

Edam

For most people Edam is synonymous with cheese.

Coastal towns in North Holland

Information about North Holland

If you are visiting the Netherlands, you should definitely explore North Holland. This province has everything Dutch: flower-bulb fields, cheese markets, and the Dutch capital Amsterdam. You can also explore the coast in one of the province’s wonderful seaside towns.

Authentic villages

North Holland boasts many small towns that represent the authentic features of the Netherlands. Visit the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, for instance, or the cheese markets in Edam or Alkmaar. If you want to discover how the Dutch lived in the 17th and 18th centuries, we recommend Zaanse Schans. This outdoor museum features old windmills, wooden houses, a shipyard and an old dairy farm.

Coastal towns in North Holland

North Holland’s long coastline makes it a popular province. There are many coastal towns and the northern part of the province enjoys the greatest amount of sunny hours in the Netherlands on average. Popular seaside towns include Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Egmond aan Zee, and Bergen aan Zee.

Accessibility of North Holland

The province of North Holland is easily accessible by public transport. Most cities have a railway station and most routes are served several times per hour. Travelling to Haarlem or Zandvoort from Amsterdam takes just 30 minutes by train and the bus takes you to Volendam in the same amount of time.

Nature in North Holland

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