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Old May 15th, 2011, 09:40 PM   #1
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Cities of The Netherlands


Cities of The Netherlands
By Arrrgh

The towns and cities of The Netherlands are extremely diverse: from picturesque medieval towns to bustling modern metropoles.

In this thread, I'm going to show you the large variety of Dutch cities.

I'll kick off with:
The Hague
"City of Peace and Justice"
Inhabitants: 494,898


Home to almost half a million people in the city proper (1,1 million in the urban area), this city is the seat of the Dutch government, the capital of the province of South Holland and home to Interpol, Europol, International Criminal Court, the Yugoslavia Tribunal and several other legal institutions.

The city from a plane, taken in august 2010
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Centrum Den Haag by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

The Ridderzaal ("Knights' Hall") was completed in 1290 AD, and has a ceremonial function for the national government. Each year in september, the queen holds a "State of the Union"-like speech here.
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The 'Torentje' is the office of the prime minister
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Currently, there are many high rise buildings under construction in The Hague
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Den Haag by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Den Haag by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Den Haag by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Den Haag by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Den Haag by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

The statue of King Willem II
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Koning by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Binnenhof by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Driekleur by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr


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Old May 15th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #2
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Great thread. Nice pictures. The Hague looks very nice. Never been there actually.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 02:11 AM   #3
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Not sure if I'm the only one thinking this, but those high-rises under construction look quite fantastic! I prefer those to the wavy glass towers that are popping up all over the world... I prefer a certain 'solidity' to buildings and they manage it with a bit of class.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 08:50 AM   #4
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You certainly aren't the only one who's thinking that!
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Old May 16th, 2011, 11:33 AM   #5
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Great thread. I am going to keep following this.

The Hague looks so much nicer than I expected. I am going to take a look there very soon.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 12:49 PM   #6
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Great, very nice photos from Den Haag; keep it up and i will keep following this thread
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Old May 16th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #7
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Oudewater
Inhabitants: 9,816


Oudewater is a small town in the province of Utrecht. Even though it's small, it's historical centre is worth sharing.

There are many old houses with stepped gables in Oudewater, relatively more than in other Dutch towns. Why this is the case, I don't know. The building to the left is the Heksenwaag (Witches' scales), where women were weighed to determine whether they were witches.
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The main canal
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Havenstraat by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

There are many storks in and around Oudewater
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Ooievaars in Oudewater by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Catholic church
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IMG_0773 by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

An old school
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Straatje by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

Protestant church
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Old May 22nd, 2011, 06:30 PM   #8
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Capelle aan den IJssel
Inhabitants: 66,100


Capelle aan den IJssel is a town and municipality and is part of the agglomeration of Rotterdam. It's really ugly, but there have been some recent developments around the (quite small) city center which aren't too bad. All pics were taken in the city center.

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Slootkant by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Capelle Centrum by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Stadsplein by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Koperwiek by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Rivierweg by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Fontein by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Oude kern by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Leeuwerik by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Puinhoop by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Rommel by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Boom by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Kerklaan 435 t/m 513 oneven by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Geel by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Sperwerhof by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Curacao by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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De Hoven by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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1 by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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NEE_NEE by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Winkelwagentje by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Balie by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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De Hoven by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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De Hoven by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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De Hoven by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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"Creativiteit" by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Old May 26th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #9
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Maastricht
Inhabitants: 119,658


Maastricht is the largest city and capital of the province of Limburg. The city is next to the Belgian border, and has undergone the process of city-wide gentrification over the last couple of decades. It is the least Dutch city of the Netherlands, but it certainly is beautiful.

Here's part 1, since I believe Maastricht deserves to be in the spotlights.

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Jesus by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Euro by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Mosae Forum by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Wyck by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Maastricht by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Shopping street by WindwalkerNld, on Flickr

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Old May 26th, 2011, 01:49 PM   #10
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My god, that's the first time I see someone finding Capelle aan den IJssel worth putting on this forum.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #11
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Capelle is a good example of what many cities in the Netherlands look like (Alphen aan den Rijn, Hoofddorp, Nieuwegein, Zoetermeer, etc.) so it's very appropriate in this thread

Though the fact that nobody has commented (except you) might be a sign that people in other countries also think it's not worth the effort of posting.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #12
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I've been in Maastricht few times. It's a nice city
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Cappele is quite ugly indeed . But well, I guess that that's nothing special for the outskirts of large towns.

Maastricht is a nice town. I has a totally different feel than other towns in the Netherlands, like you said. But it's very similar to other towns in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. I especially like the cathedral.

Oudewater looks great as well. I think I visited this town a few years ago on my way to Friesland, but it could also be another town. The name doesn't ring a bell, but the pictures look familiar.
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The Hague and Maastricht are both fantastic! Oudewater seems a nice little town to me. Never been there, but looks nice for a stroll.

Capelle aan den IJssel doesn't look that bad, but rather boring... I couldn't live there. But of course, it's not far from some great Dutch places.
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That must be the dutch Alps in the background

Great pictures!
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Where? That pile of gravel?
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Camera lens mislead people...there´s not such steepness in The Netherlands

Great thread. I liked The Hague. Looks beautiful and those high rises buildings will make it look even better.

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Quote:
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Camera lens mislead people...there´s not such steepness in The Netherlands
Actually, there is.

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Yes there is in the south of Limburg indeed. An there are also some big dunes on the coastline....
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