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Nelis' Dutch Village, Holland

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Stop and smell the Gouda cheese at Nelis' Dutch Village, which brings to life the olden days of the Netherlands. Built according to typical Dutch architecture with a network of canals, the village provides insight into what life was like in an earlier time in the lowlands country. Try some clogs on for size (you can watch them being made at the wooden shoe factory) or take part in a traditional Dutch klompen dancing lesson. You'll have the opportunity to watch a demonstration on the making of Delft blue pottery, and learn about cheesemaking with the chance to sample some delicious Dutch cheeses. You can dress up in Dutch costumes in the Kolean museum and enjoy a ride on the windmill-themed Ferris wheel. Work out when and for how long to visit Nelis' Dutch Village and other Holland attractions using our handy Holland itinerary builder.
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  • Tour guides were super nice I loved all of the family attractions. And the dancers were very and even invited us to dance with them  more »
  • Best for young kids. Fun watching them explore and try out new things. Ferris wheel, animals and swings were a hit.  more »
  • Not so good for older kids, they will be bored or so unwilling to look uncool that they probably won't ride the cute little rides. I was disappointed with the dancing demonstration, which seemed to be...  more »
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  • Great way to let off extra energy the kids store up on road trips. The goats and bunnies are a hit with kids, as well as a decent assortment of rides. There is shopping and a bit of Dutch history for adults too. Cheese, chocolate, delft, wooden shoes and more. We stop every time we pass this direction, it never gets old.
  • They have a petting zoo that includes rabbits for sale that are in horrible living conditions. Some of the rabbits have pieces of their ears missing, their eyes sealed shut from eye infections, and their bottoms plugged up badly with feces so they cannot use the bathroom. They are in cages so small they can barely lay down. Some are pregnant and stuck in small cages. It's disgraceful! I told one of the workers there that one rabbit had a bad eye infection and it was easy to treat with antibiotic ointment from a feed store, and she didn't say a word! Just smiled and walked off. Some of the rabbits were out of water that was placed in a dog bowl in their kennel giving them even less room to move. I will never support them again. There was also a Lama with a very tight muzzle on, so she could not even open her mouth. This place needs to stick to their Dutch traditions and lose the inhumane petting zoo. Clearly they have no business caring for these animals, or lack there of.
  • Really fun place to bring kids. Maybe not all that if you aren't going with kids though. The value is great, staff was friendly, plenty to do and see. Overall a great place top bring a family for half a day.
  • Took our boys (4.5 and 2.5). They had a blast. Weather was perfect, staff was friendly and helpful. The animals and rides were family friendly. We live in Holland and are thinking about a seasonal pass because our boys had so much fun.
  • Wife and I have visited many times over the years, and typically enjoyed it (the fresh stroopwafel's are outstanding). But they have recently changed the entrance so that you can no longer visit the shop without a ticket. Being residents of the area, we often would stop in to browse the stores and would inevitably find something to buy. Yet now, that is no longer an option. A poorly thought-out change, in our opinion, and we won't be visiting as often, sad to say.

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