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It's great being a tourist and leisurely around old towns and villages the sites, but is it such a thrill for the local residents? Villagers living in the area as 'Old Holland' outside of Amsterdam have enough of visitors traipsing around and of tour guides with megaphones disturbing their peace. They have together with local tour companies to rules of conduct for tourists. The rules not photographing residents without permission, not strolling into their gardens and not dropping litter. The new code of conduct is an attempt to with the growing popularity of the region. Tourism is and the number of tourists is expected to by 50 per cent in the next decade.

Old Holland is an idyllic area that people's image of Dutch life from a slower, bygone age. There windmills everywhere and locals live in beautifully preserved, traditional wooden houses. Local resident Peter-Jan van Steenbergen Holland's Het Parool newspaper that the village of Zaanse Schans is like an open-air museum. He said: "I to one resident who his curtains in the morning and into the camera lenses of nine amateur photographers." He added: "The visitors seem to knock on the wooden houses to see if it real wood. If you are the resident of that house, that not pleasant, of course." He said the busloads of tourists the biggest nuisance.

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