Holland's Hidden Gems
Ofcourse you want to visit all the highlights, and wander the canals, but there is really no need to feel you haven't done Amsterdam when doing the lesser known gems!
And why stay in Amsterdam when Holland is so small, and the trains so efficient that you can escape the crowds and visit some hidden gems within an hour of the city?!
Pharmacy in business since 1743 selling herbal remedies, teas & cosmetics and liquorice.
Kloveniersburgwal 12, 1012 CT Amsterdam
Museum for modern and contemporary art, which is often completely overlooked by visitors.
Museum van Loon
Get a glimpse of the life of the Amsterdam Van Loon family (one of the co-founders of the Dutch East-India Company) in one of the finest canal houses of the city.
Ons Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attick)
a uniquely preserved seventeenth-century house from the Dutch Golden Age. Explore the narrow corridors and climb the stairs to historically furnished living rooms, kitchens and bedsteads, leading literally to the highpoint of the museum: an entire church in the attic.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38
Frans Hals Museum
A must for anyone interested in the Dutch Masters, this superb museum is located in the poorhouse where Hals spent his final years.
Groot Heiligland 62,
2011 ES Haarlem
A private museum for modern and contemporary art at a magnificent estate in the dunes at Wassenaar, a stone's throw from The Hague.
2244 AG Wassenaar
The largest 19th century panorama in the world still in-situ, by marine painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag.
Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag
This museum collects, preserves, displays and restores an enormous and globally recognized array of self-playing mechanical musical instruments.
3511 JP Utrecht