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Some guidebooks suggest you combine Alkmaar with a visit to the Zaanse Schans. If you came to the Netherlands for windmills you sure could do worse than that, but if you hate tourist traps, give it a miss.
If you are more a nature-loving type, go to nearby Bergen, just a few kilometers north of Alkmaar. A bus will take you there every half hour. From Bergen you can walk to the Northsea-beach at Bergen aan Zee in an hour. The walk will take you through five kilometers of beautiful dunes, the widest stretch of dunes The Netherlands have to offer. If you don't want to walk back, be sure to check when busses run from Bergen aan Zee back to Bergen, because certainly in winter they don't run very often.