Amsterdam, Stolkse Weide och Kinderdijk – Gone Camping åker till Holland


The Netherlands must be
the promised land of camping. Few other places offer so much
camping in such a small area. We’re visiting two places,
starting with Amsterdam. This is Gone Camping.
You’re welcome to join us. If you want to stay close to the city,
Camping Zeeburg is a good alternative. It’s on its own island,
7 kilometers from the city center, and offers a playful
and varied place to stay. The mood is very relaxed and it
feels a bit like being at a music festival. It’s almost like a maze,
making the campsite feel smaller, but the lots are only 50 square meters, so I advise against
bringing RVs longer than 7 meters. An interesting rule is that you can’t
stay here if you live in Amsterdam. It only takes 15 minutes
to bike into the city, or take the ferry to the central station
and start exploring the city. Those who’ve never been to Amsterdam
think of it as a den of iniquity, but that’s only scratching the surface. This madam has one
of Europe’s coolest personalities, combining the pulse of a city
with the charm of a small town. If you want to experience history and art
in a way that few cities can match, I suggest going to Museumplein. From the square, it’s only a few hundred
meters to the concert hall, Rijksmuseum and the popular Van Gogh Museum. A city like Amsterdam should
of course be seen from the water, and there are endless opportunities
to go out on the canals. But if you have something to celebrate,
you really should get a salon boat. These beautiful creations
were mostly built in the early 1900s for well-off officials with tall hats who wanted to travel
the waterways in style. Three million tourists head out on
the city’s iconic aquatic trails each year. Work on the 165 canals
started in the 17th century. Back then, Amsterdam was
the world’s third largest city, after Paris and London. One upside to camping in the
Netherlands is that things are close by. The country is not much bigger than
Småland and the roads are excellent. An hour south of Amsterdam,
you find Kinderdijk, which is the best place to get an
up-close view of working windmills. These beautiful creations have
a special place in the country’s history. They were used to pump sea water
to beyond the dikes, in order to gain access
to fertile clay soil. One fourth of the country
is now below sea level, and that’s what the name “Netherlands”
is referring to. Not far from the windmills of Kinderdijk
is the city that’s synonymous with one of the world’s
most sold cheeses – Gouda. But the Dutch pronounce
the name of the city as “Howda”. One of the secrets to the tasty cheese
is that the grass the cows feed on grows on an old seabed rich in nutrients. The city was founded more than 1,000
years ago by the Van der Goude family. Gouda has since then
been an important marketplace, both for canal trade and for farmers
coming here to sell products. The beautiful buildings hint at
prosperous times for merchants here. Gouda Cheese Weighing House
is one of the city’s grandest buildings and has played a decisive role in
the history of the city and the cheese. This was where cheese was
weighed and taxed before being sold. Of course you should visit
one of the many cheese shops here and sample the golden delicacy. The real Gouda, the traditional cheese
we make, is made with raw milk. It’s a farm handmade cheese, and it has to come
from villages around Gouda. Gouda is actually famous
for the trading market. The cheese has never been made in
Gouda, only the villages around Gouda. We call our cheese
Gouda Cheese Stolwijker, because it comes from a village
called Stolwijk, just outside Gouda. We think it’s the best cheese.
It’s the real Gouda cheese, the most traditional Gouda cheese. So how does it taste? Well, like
Swedish Drabant or Billinge cheese. Here you get it with herbs,
pepper, jalapeño, whisky and cumin. The campsite I’m headed to
is something really special, so before leaving Gouda,
I get some goodies for the grill. Good morning. Freshly baked bread. Fresh eggs and milk
from the cows grazing out there. Those are some of the things
on offer at Stolkse Weide, a farmcamp about
an hour south of Amsterdam. The tent has a lot of everything.
This is camping “glamping style”. The house-like tents have things
like a coffee maker, a fridge, electricity, a flush toilet
and a hot water shower. Since we’re in
the most fertile part of Holland, it makes sense to be camping on a farm. It’s luxurious and anyone who wants to
can take part in the farm work. And people are quite willing. You get a workbook and can collect
stamps from each chore or experience. One of the highlights is a close-up view
of how the milking is done. Then it’s time to feed the hungriest
animals on the farm – the calves. Then we visit the ducks. And the rabbits also want food. And some love. We wrap up with the most popular chore, making homemade ice-cream
with eggs and milk from the farm. This is familiar. It’s raining,
it’s windy and it’s really cold. It’s just like Swedish summer,
so let’s go. The grill is hot, we have food here.
Let’s do this. Check this out. Not too shabby. It’s windy and cold outside, but inside the tent, you hear the rain
and it’s warm and cozy. Our trip through Holland is over for now.
Thanks for joining us. I hope to see you again
on this channel or out on the roads. While in the Netherlands,
we went on a salon boat in Amsterdam. We visited the windmills in Kinderdijk
and the cheese city of Gouda. We stayed at Camping Zeeburg
and tried glamping in Stolkse Weide.

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