Whereas Amsterdam is the biggest and most beautiful example of a historic, 17th century city, it certainly is not the only town worth visiting.
Nearby are various bigger and smaller towns, with historic centers, that are worth visiting. Each have their own character and special attractions. Often (but not always!) they are less touristy, and they show you more of the 'real' Holland.
On this page is list of these towns. We'll keep adding more nice towns, after we investigated them.
Traditional wooden houses on Marken
Teylersmuseum in Haarlem
Tower 'Waagtoren' in Alkmaar
Harbour of Marken