Amersfoort

The Netherlands

Amersfoort is a city and municipality in the province of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Amersfoort is a very historic and attractive city. It has many fine medieval buildings that are well maintained.

It is a busy place with a population of just under 150,000 people, but the town centre is easily explored on foot, with most of the main attractions being easily within walking distance. The railway station is one of the busiest in Holland with several tracks converging on the area.

Information from Wikipedia and Netherlands Tourism.

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Beilstein

germany

The boat journey from Cochem to Beilstein along the Moselle was beautiful.

 

The small village of Beilstein is one of the best preserved historical places on the Moselle and is also sometimes known as a miniature Dornröschen der Mosel (“Sleeping Beauty of the Moselle”).

 

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The ruins of Castle Metternich tower above the village, which despite its small size, once belonged to the like-named noble family.

Zaanse Schans

The Netherlands

Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood in the Dutch town of Zaandam near to Amsterdam.

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It is famous for its large collection of historic windmills – many of which are not just heritage buildings but still fully-operational. Tours allow visitors to see for themselves how the windmills are used for sawing wood, grinding oil and much more.

 

 

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The historic windmills and distinctive green wooden houses were relocated to Zaanse Schans in 1961 to 1974 from all over the Zaanstreek in order to recreate the look of an 19th-century village.

Information from Wikipedia.

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