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Kennemerduin in Northern Holland

A 30 min drive NW of Amsterdam you can encounter a very different region of Holland rich in nature and culture.  The small town of Alkmaar is known across the world as the cheese town primarily for its traditional Friday morning cheese market held since 1593. Running cheese porters carry about 30.000 kg of waxed rounds of different cheeses on their wooden sledges to the massive scale where they are weighed and auctioned off. Cheese stands along the main square sell a large variety of unique tasty cheeses which you can sample before purchasing.

The evocative dunescape of Kennemerduinen Nature Reserve located on the coast is a wonderful place to stay overnight. The nature reserve has a large range of walking and cycling trails as well as several lakes with bird observation huts. Our campsite at De Lakens had private trampolines and sand boxes for each individual campsite.

Zaanse Schans is a re-created local village from the 17th & 18th centuries. This open air museum has a grand collection of historic buildings, 6 working wind mills, raised wooden homes with canals, tulip gardens and an interesting clog factory.

To see photos of this long weekend camping trip, click here.

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