Bergen is an artist village and upper-income suburb in North Holland, popular among travellers for its seaside beaches and dunes. A few kilometers further north are the villages of Schoorl and Groet, both near enough to walk from Bergen, with the Schoorlse Duinen nature reserve as its main tourist attraction. South is Egmond aan Zee, also a calm seaside destination.
The main village of Bergen has been known as an 'artists village' since 1900. In the 1920s and 1930s a 'Bergen School' of painters developed. It is behind the North Sea dunes, just west of Alkmaar. The name is often written as Bergen (NH), or Bergen-NH, which stands for North Holland, as there is also a Bergen in the Province of Limburg. Bergen developed into an upper-income suburb of Alkmaar, and has a somewhat snobbish air. The village has two museums and an art center.
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