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Hankering for Holland, but short on time? Get your next Dutch fix at a model theme park of the Netherlands!

No time to visit the Netherlands, but still want to admire some of those typical Dutch attractions, traditional Dutch icons and / or historic Dutch buildings for which the country is so famous? Relax – because now you can enjoy some of the most popular Dutch tourist attractions abroad!

Dutch clogs

1.  Dutch Village – Holland, Michigan, U.S.A.

Towards the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, tens of thousands of Dutch people emigrated to America, where they settled in the states of Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Washington and New York. The fourth and fifth generation Dutch who now live in Holland, Michigan strive to keep their Dutch traditions well and truly alive, and the area even boasts a special theme park called “Dutch Village”. Here you can observe how their Dutch forefathers lived more than one hundred years ago, and admire typical Dutch windmills, clogs and of course, tulips. In addition, Dutch Village organises a number of fun activities for both children and adults, including Dutch cheese tasting events, Delftware pottery making and clog dancing.

2. Huis Ten Bosch – Nagasaki, Japan

This theme park, named after the future residential palace of King Willem-Alexander and his family, is a faithful replica of a typical Dutch town. As well as windmills, typical Dutch houses and an array of iconic Dutch buildings, such as the Domtoren in Utrecht, the Oude Kerk in Delft and Kasteel Nijenrode in Breukelen, visitors can explore a fascinating museum (in the mock Palace Huis Ten Bosch) and a model of a VOC (Dutch East India Company) ship.

3. Madurodam – Den Haag, Nederland

Although not located abroad, Madurodam does offer those particularly short on time a whistle stop tour of the Netherlands in miniature. Situated in the Dutch city of the Hague, this model city provides an authentic glimpse of modern life in the Netherlands. Indeed, a pleasant stroll through Madurodam reveals both historic city centres and modern residential areas, in addition to ports, airports, canals, roads, farmland and nature reserves. And the hum of moving vehicles (cars, pleasure boats, planes, trains, trams) truly bring this replica of “Nederland in het klein” (the Netherlands in miniature) to life.

Tip: Don’t live near any of the above theme parks, but still hanker for a taste of Holland? Then visit the Holland at Home website, where you’ll find a large range of typical Dutch products (such as traditional Dutch liquorice and syrup waffles), as well as an unbeatable selection of Dutch souvenirs, all available for international shipping.

Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then why not visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants abroad?

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