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Ziggo Dome

Ziggo Dome

Ziggo Dome

Ziggo Dome (De Passage 100, Amsterdam) – a 17,000-seat multi-use indoor arena in Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome is an emerging larger-sized venue that attracts rock, pop and other musical acts. American alternative rock band Pearl Jam was the first international band to perform there, just after that arena’s inauguration in June 2012. Among the other acts that have performed there were Swedish House Mafia, Madonna, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Chris Brown, The Killers, Martin Solveig, and Mumford & Sons.


Rotterdam Walk of Fame

Paseo de la fama de Rotterdam

Paseo de la fama de Rotterdam

Rotterdam Walk of Fame (Schiedamsedijk Waterstad, 3011, Rotterdam) – like the one in Hollywood, this walk of fame (located in the heart of Rotterdam) features handprints from luminaries including Bryan Adams, Bryan Ferry, Dizzy Gillespie, ‘Diamond’ David Lee Roth, Kamahl, Roxette, Willie Nelson – and even Spandau Ballet. This is the largest star boulevard in Europe.


Rotterdam Urban Guides

Rotterdam Urban Guides

Rotterdam Urban Guides

Rotterdam Urban Guides — Rotterdam Urban Guides is an original way to discover the city’s architecture and urban development. Take a bicycle, walking or bus tour, where an enthusiastic and expert guide will provide you with interesting and comprehensive information on the architectural city of Rotterdam.

 

Rotterdam Urban Guides also offers guided tours through various different buildings in Rotterdam, such as the Van Nelle Design Factory, the Shipping and Transport College, De Kiefhoek Museum House, the Groothandelsgebouw, Floating Pavilion and the RDM-campus. Visit its website for a list of available tours: www.urbanguides.nl

 

Peace Palace

Palacio de la Paz

Palacio de la Paz

Peace Palace (Dutch: Vredespaleis) (The Hague) — the UN International Court of Justice is housed in the Vredespaleis. The grand building was donated by American steel maker Andrew Carnegie for use by the International Court of Arbitration, an early international body whose goal was the prevention of war.

 

The Peace Palace’s Visitors Centre is open from Tuesday through Sunday (in August also open on Monday’s) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the winter period, November through March, it is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on the First and Second day of Christmas, New Year’s Day and King’s Day. See the Peace Palace website for more info: www.vredespaleis.nl

 

Pathé de Kuip

Pathé de Kuip

Pathé de Kuip

Pathé de Kuip (Cor Kieboomplein 501, Rotterdam) — Relax and watch a film on one of the fourteen screens at Pathé de Kuip cinema. Every week Pathé offers an up-to-date and wide assortment of films, from action-packed excitement to romance and from thrillers to science fiction. The cinema is easily accessible by both car and public transport, and has ample parking. The cinema is also accessible for wheel-chair users and parking spaces are available in front of the building for disabled persons.

Miniworld Rotterdam

Miniworld Rotterdam

Miniworld Rotterdam

Miniworld Rotterdam (Weena 745, Rotterdam) — Covering 500 sq. meters, Miniworld Rotterdam is the largest indoor miniature world in the Netherlands. With city views, polder landscapes, harbour areas and more than 100 model trains traveling around over 2 kilometres of rails. Fully automatic model cars also drive by the many buildings; every 24 minutes the overhead lights are dimmed while a thousand tiny lights illuminate the mini world. This lively and interactive model world is the ideal place for a family day out.

 

See how sections of the model network are created in the model workshop and how everything is controlled from the command center. Special guided tours allow you a peek behind the scenes, giving access to areas that are not normally open to the public. There is also a small cinema, self-service restaurant and gift shop.

 

Heineken Music Hall

Heineken Music Hall

Heineken Music Hall

Heineken Music Hall (Arena Boulevard 590, Amsterdam-Zuidoost) — is a concert hall located near the Amsterdam Arena (its main hall has a capacity of 5,500 spectators; and a smaller hall, used frequently for after-parties, has a capacity of 700). Its main purpose is to serve as a podium for pop concerts for big audiences. Many famous international artists have performed there.

 

 

The Heineken Music Hall is also host to many electronic dance music festivals, alongside many other venues. Armin van Buuren and Tiesto, some of the world’s leading Trance DJs, hail from the Netherlands and perform frequently in Amsterdam. Every October, the city hosts the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), which is one of the leading electronic music conferences and one of the biggest club festivals for electronic music in the world.

 

Grote Markt

Grote Markt

Grote Markt

Grote Markt (Haarlem) — Large Grote Markt, with its flanks of restaurants and cafés and a clutch of historical buildings, is a good place to start an exploration of Haarlem (the capital of the province of North Holland – located just 20 km west of Amsterdam). In the center of the square stands the 17th-century Vleeshal, a former meat market, and the Verweyhal, an old fish market; both serve as modern art annexes of the Frans Hals Museum.

 

 

For those who are curious, it’s no accident that one of New York City’s neighborhoods (Harlem) is derived from this Dutch town. In 1658, Peter Stuyvesant, the Director-General of the Dutch colony of Nieuw Nederland (New Netherland), founded the settlement of Nieuw Haarlem in the northern part of Manhattan Island as an outpost of Nieuw Amsterdam (New Amsterdam) at the southern tip of the island. After the English capture of New Netherland in 1664, the new English colonial administration renamed both the colony and its principal city “New York,” but left the name of Haarlem more or less unchanged. The spelling changed to Harlem in keeping with contemporary English usage. Nowadays, that area is one of New York’s major African-American communities.

 

Fort Sint Pieter

Fort Sint Pieter

Fort Sint Pieter

Fort Sint Pieter (Maastrict) — Much of Maastricht is riddled with defensive tunnels dug into the soft sandstone over the centuries. The best place to see the tunnels is Fort Sint Pieter, which dates to Roman times and has now been restored to its appearance in 1701. It’s 2km south of Helpoort. This is a really beautiful area, pastoral despite the ominous walls – the fort is an arresting sight looming over the charming hillside – and it’s a fine walk from town.

Den Haag

Den Haag

Den Haag

Den Haag (The Hague) – even though Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, Den Haag is the official seat of the Dutch government and home to Netherlands’ monarch, parliament and supreme court. The Hague (located approx. 66 km., or one hour away from Amsterdam; and only 27.1 km., or 30 minutes from Rotterdam), is also where foreign national embassies are located, while Amsterdam is typically home to those countries’ corresponding, smaller consular offices.

 

 

The Hague has made the news in recent years, since it’s where the International Court of Justice is located (which has tried various defendants accused of international war crimes, such as those from Serbia and certain African countries like Liberia).

 


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