12 cities

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12 historical cities

In the surroundings of our capital city, are 12 other cities to be found. Within a range of an upmost ‘1 hour travel’ distance from Amsterdam we introduce 12 Dutch cities to you. These historical cities have a lot of culture to offer, and they are easy to explore by foot. 
Leiden is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. The old town hall and the old fish halls are located on this street on the New Rijn in the inner city of Leiden

Leiden

The coat of arms of Leiden contains two crossed red keys. It refers to Peter the patron saint of the town. He was supposed to have received the keys to heaven from Jesus Christ. That’s why they call Leiden the city of keys. Leiden university is the oldest in the country and one of Europe’s leading […]
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Hoorn is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. On the picture are traditional ships in the harbor and you can also see the Maintower, a highlight in the harbour

Hoorn

Hoorn is an old Dutch Zuiderzee city. In high season you will find the socalled brown Fleet here. Dutch traditional sailing vessels, (cultural heritage). All those masts bring you back in the 17th century. In 1356 this place was founded. Cityrights resulted into a flourishing textile industry that could measure up to those in Leiden, Gouda and Haarlem. One of its […]
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Naarden is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. An inner moat of the stronghold in Naarden.

Naarden

Do you also love cultural heritage? Then you can not skip Naarden! As soon as you walk through the city gate you are in a different world. City walls, canals, gates and forts, all part of the fortress that has been virtually preserved. This fortified city was in 650 years a place of occupation, destruction and […]
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Enkhuizen is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. On the picture a beautiful cityscape from the harbor. You can see traditional ships, houseboats, the citygate and an old drawbridge.

Enkhuizen

So Enkhuizen is an old Dutch Southern Sea town. Feel like eating a herring? Enkhuizen is the herring city and used to have the largest herring fleet in the country. The Dutch knew exactly how to dissect and preserve herring, so that we could trade it well. Have you ever heard of the Enkhuizer Almanak? […]
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Zaandijk zaanse schans is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. Zaanse houses on the Lagedijk, the main road between wormerveer and Zaandam

Zaanse schans

Zaandijk is a litlle town at the river Zaan. Zaandijk is well known for the Zaanse Schans just outside the village. Its name derived from the river Zaan and its original function as sconse (Dutch: Schans). It’s a very popular tourist attraction and an anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Industrial indeed […]
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Amersfoort is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam.A view on the Muurhuizen at the Dieventoren in Amersfoort

Amersfoort

Amersfoort received its town charter in 1259 and is a beautiful medieval city. It has many impressive buildings. Large parts of its ramparts, amazing town gates and canals are completely intact and being well preserved. There are so many old structures. It’s a journey back in time and all within walking distance. Amersfoort is also […]
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Haarlem is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. On the picture a view from the Spaarne on the Great church and the Waag.

Haarlem

Haarlem is one of the oldest cities in Holland. In 1245 it received city rights, even before Amsterdam received them. The river t'Spaarne played a major role, because the river was part of an old transport route between Leiden and Amsterdam. Haarlem was a toll town and for the transit of goods one had to […]
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Alkmaar is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. At the end of the Zijdam (canal) you see the Kaaswaag of Alkmaar

Alkmaar

The city of Alkmaar dates from the 10th century. The town was surrounded by lakes and swamps.. It is because of this that the city was able to charge tax for the transit of goods and as such becoming an important trading centre. The city flourished from salt works, beer breweries, flax spinning mills and […]
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Utrecht is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. Utrecht is bursting with many terraces, mostly found at the canal belt, but in some streets you'll find a terrace like this

Utrecht

She’s a pearl ! Utrecht’s ancient city features many buildings and structures, several dating as far back as the High Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. The Archbishop resides here. Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch Golden Age when it […]
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The Hague is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. Although The Hague is an old city, many modern buildings are also located in the heart of the city

The Hague

Who does not want peace? The Hague, the city without city walls, known as open and welcoming, is also named the city of peace. The Hague is the seat of the government in the Netherlands. It houses the Cabinet, the States General, the Council of State and the Supreme Court. Most foreign embassies and 160 […]
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Delft is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. It lies in the in southern part of our country. On the picture you see a shop with a beautifull stepped gabel, the oldest facades we know. Behind it you see the cityhall of Delft.

Delft

A beautiful and picturesque town. From a rural village in the early Middle Ages Delft developed into a city and in 1246 it received its charter. The town has a strong association with the Royal House of Orange and started with its founder William of Orange who resided there. During the Dutch resistance against Spanish […]
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Gouda is is one of the 12 cities wich are to be reached within one hour from Amsterdam. Various markets are still being held on the market square. there are also many terraces here

Gouda

Everybody knows it. Gouda is world famous for its Gouda Cheese which is still sold on its cheese market every Thursday. But it’s also very well known for its smoking pipes, syrup waffles, and pottery. In 1272 the count of Holland granted city rights to Gouda. The town flourished for ages but also experienced a […]
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