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Amsterdam Metropolitan Area - Part 1 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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THE AMSTERDAM METROPOLITAN AREA lies to the north of the Randstad and encompasses the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Flevoland. The area has a total population of over 2 million inhabitants. The Amsterdam Metropolitan area, is comprised of several surrounding municipalities including the cities of Amsterdam, Almere, Amstelveen and Haarlemmermeer, Hilversum and Velsen.

Flowers of Amsterdam

The flower strip is one of the most popular and unique sights in the Netherlands. Every spring the entire region bursts into vivid colour as bulbs shoot and millions of flower blossom. one of the biggest attractions is the Keukenhof Gardens, the worlds largest flower gardens and a home to more varieties of tulip than you Can imagine.

Old Holland

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Traditionally Dutch

Noord-Holland towns such as Marken, Volendam and Edam hark back to times or more honest crafts, show casing the traditional skills the region was famous for: shipbuilding, fishing and cheese making. Alongside such classic iindustries, you can also experience the heritage of the industrial revolution- a time when smoking chimney stacks and spinning sails enabled the mass production of chocolate and biscuits


Although famous for its historic city centre, the Amsterdam region is always evolving as new immigrants and diverse cultures make their mark on many neighborhoods. But probably the most dramatic changes have taken place in the province of Flevoland.


Just north east of Amsterdam, these polders were reclaimed from the sea, giving birth to the new cities of Almere and Lelystad. Not only are they internationally acclaimed playgrounds for architecture and design, they are also blessed with expanses of wild nature on the doorstep.


Zandvoort is how a beach resort should be. With hotels, cafes, restaurants, a lively boulevard, bustling shopping streets and a touch of allure. Stroll around, watch people parading the beach boulevard, shop and hop from one terrace to the next. You will also be surprised by the small alleyways and old buildings in the centre and round the day off with a four-course dinner in a top restaurant. Or keep things frugal by an open fire in the warmth of a beach café. This will leave you some money for the casino or a relaxed day at one of the beauty and wellness salons. Zandvoort’s fame also stems from the racing circuit that was created in 1848 and where Formula 1 races were once held! ! !

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