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Bergen

Bergen is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Its North Seabeaches make it a popular destination for tourists. In 2001, the municipality was expanded to include the former municipalities of Egmond and Schoorl.

Since about 1900, Bergen has been the home of many painters, writers and architects. Some of the work of this "Bergen School" is on exhibit at Museum Kranenburgh. The neighbourhood of Park Meerwijk, constructed in 1915, is made up entirely of villas in the Amsterdam School style of architecture. There are regular art fairs in Bergen, as well as an annual music festival (the Holland Music Sessions in August) and arts festival (the Kunsttiendaagse in October).

North of the town of Bergen are the Schoorlse Duinen, a nature area with the highest and widest dunes of the Netherlands, which reach about 59m (193ft) above sea level, and are more than 5 km (3 miles) wide in some places.

Other points of interest in the municipality include the aquarium in the seaside village of Bergen aan Zee and the historical museums Het Sterkenhuis (Bergen) and Museum van Egmond (Egmond aan Zee).

The town of Bergen is home to the European School, Bergen.

Restaurants in Bergen include:

Restaurant Bergen Binnen, Bergen

Restaurant Hotel Merlet, Schoorl

Restaurant Onder de Linde, Bergen

Restaurant Het Huis met de Pilaren, Bergen

Pizzeria La Montagne, Bergen

Restaurant Duinvermaak, Bergen

Restaurant Zilte Zoen, Egmond, Schoorl

Restaurant De Ware Jacob, Bergen

Wonders Eten en Drinken, Bergen

Fabels Eten en Drinken, Bergen

For more information:

www.vvvbergen.com

near the beach:

Restaurant Zilte Zoen, Bergen aan Zee

Restaurant Joep, Bergen aan Zee

Restaurant Strandpaviljoen Noord, Bergen aan Zee