The Netherlands

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The Netherlands is the main “constituent country” of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is a small, densely populated country located in Western Europe. The Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. The largest and most important cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Amsterdam is the country’s capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government and parliament. The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe. The name Holland is also frequently used to refer informally to the whole of the country of the Netherlands.

Hemelbestormers

The Grote Kerk in Naarden has one of the most beautiful vaults in the Netherlands. The entire barrel vault has been painted and fully preserved. The paintings were made between 1509 and 1518. On the north side is depicted the Passion of Christ from the New Testament. In contrast, on […]

Bussum in postcards and old pictures

Bussum is a relatively young village. Only when the train connection to Amsterdam was established did the village start to grow. It is amazing how the village has changed in these 150 years.

Ankeveense Plassen

The Ankeveense Plassen are old peat excavations. It is a varied landscape of water, forests, and polders. This walk starts as usual at Naarden-Bussum train station and ends at Weesp station.

Heather in bloom

Unfortunately a lot of heathland has dried up and it is not the bright purple plain that we would like to see.

Zanderij Cruysbergen & Bussummerheide

Walk from Naarden-Bussum via Zanderij Cruysbergen to the Bussummerheide and via the village back to the station. Enough opportunity for a drink or snack in the last kilometres! Sorry for the quality of the pictures, my telephone obviously had a bad camera day…

From Bussum to Weesp

No photos unfortunately, but still a nice walk. Certainly, handy if there are no trains running between Naardern-Bussum and Weesp. The Naardermeer nature reserve, and two forts on the Vecht river. What else do you want? At Fort Uitermeer you can eat a delicious, but expensive grilled cheese toast by […]