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Cities Less Traveled – Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

Posted by on August 21, 2015
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Badhoevedorp is a charming and typical Dutch village in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. Visitors are often confused by the country of Netherlands, and refer to it as Holland, while Holland is actually one of the provinces in this welcoming country.

Flowers in Holland

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Because Badhoevedorp is only about a half-hour from Amsterdam by train, you can easily stay in this beautiful and historic city in one of the many Amsterdam hotels and take a train to Badhoevedorp. From the central train station in Amsterdam, you will arrive at Badhoevedorp train station, where you can spend time strolling around this lovely village.

Amsterdam Train Station

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Be sure to stop at De Chocolate Apotheek (the Chocolate Apothecary) in Badhoevedorp for some special treats to enjoy, or take home for gifts. They take their delicious chocolate very seriously in the Netherlands, and this small and locally owned chocolate shop is the best place to sample some. The owner and her staff will help you choose just what kind of treats you want to buy.

Canal Boats in Amsterdam

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Once you are back at the Amsterdam central train station, walk to one of the many canals which wend through the city. They are the perfect places from which to take canal boat tours. Buy a pass good for several days. Then you can just hop off to see such iconic sites as Anne Frank House, Rembrandt House Museum, andRoyal Palace Amsterdam, or just enjoy the interesting homes, hundreds of bikes, and charming houseboats you will see along the canals.

Kroller-Muller Museum

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Kroller-Muller Museum, a beautiful and interesting site, is only about an hour’s drive from Amsterdam or Badhoevedorp. Just outside Arnhem, in the middle of Hoge Veluwe National Park, which is an experience by itself, it is well worth spending an afternoon there. Allow some time in the park before or after your museum tour. The park covers 5,500 hectares of area and is a habitat for a variety of wildlife. Borrow one of the free white bicycles from the park entrance, at the Visitor’s Center, or at the museum, and you are free to roam around the area, or take a picnic lunch to relax and just enjoy being outdoors.

Hogue Veluwe National Park

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In the park Visitor’s Center, you can learn more about the nature, landscape, animals, culture and history of Hoge Veluwe National Park by viewing videos and walking through the underground museum. A variety of activities takes place in the park year-round, including lots of things for children, such as puppet shows and workshops.

When you are ready to tour Kroller-Muller Museum, it has both indoor and outdoor areas. The outdoor area includes a nice sculpture garden walk, which is a lovely way to spend some time. There are sculptures inside as well as paintings, and other types of art, and you can also choose an audio or guided tour of some of the displays.

You will enjoy the beautiful country of the Netherlands!

I am a writer for Hipmunk and this is an article for their Cities Less Traveled series. #‎HipmunkCityLove Project

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