Netherlands Travel Tips
The Dutch aren't bogged in their clichés, even though bikes, dykes, windmills and blazing flower fields are pretty much the norm outside the major cities. Do as the locals do - grab a bike and explore. It's a very big small country, and full of salutary surprises.
One of the chief pleasures of the place is its lively contrast between pragmatic liberalism and the buttoned-up just-so primness of a culture founded on Calvinist principles.
Written by Viator, January 2012
They say that gardeners are a patient lot and they must be because one of the world’s peak horticultural events is held only every 10 years. This year, the sixth Floriade was held in The Netherlands ...
Amsterdam has all the offerings of a major world capital, yet the atmosphere is more akin to a village with tree-lined canals, art museums and a strong café culture. This city offers so ...
I don’t know about you, but the things that come to mind when I think of Amsterdam are its cafes, de Wallen and Heineken. For whatever reason, I forget that this city is also more widely known for ...
The compact center of Amsterdam packs in a huge variety of experience. That’s why it’s one of Europe’s best-loved cities: everyone gets something out of it. Not interested in coffee shops or the red ...
From Edinburgh to Istanbul, the sight of tulips on flower stalls is a sure sign that winter is loosening its grip. And many of the tulips which end up on tables all over Europe originate in Holland, ...
If you’re visiting Amsterdam, there are various destinations in nearby Belgium to make a great day trip. Bruges, for instance. Like Amsterdam, this compact city in Belgium’s north is built on ...
Windmills have always played an important part in the life of Holland and its inhabitants, forming a unique element in the Dutch landscape of wide plains, far horizons, glittering canals and floating ...
The streets that run alongside Amsterdam’s canals were tailor-made for bike-riding, and whether you’re exploring at your own pace or riding with an organized tour, you’ll fall in love with the city ...
Beer- and cheese-lovers are right at home in Amsterdam, where Dutch cheeses like Gouda, Edam and Leiden make up a healthy part of the cuisine and Dutch lagers are consumed heartily. To get the full ...
Biking in Amsterdam is the most popular and most efficient form of getting around. A not to miss Dutch experience. A few road rules: Use the right side of the road and just ride with the traffic. ...
Every year on 30 April the Dutch celebrate the Queen Mother's birthday. The celebrating Dutch dress up in Orange and everybody is allowed to trade things unnecessary in the streets - the freemarket ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
The third largest city in the Netherlands, Den Haag or The Hague is not like other Dutch cities. For starters it is much greener and more open, with wider streets and fewer canals. A lot of the city ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, April 2012
Winter can be long and cold in The Netherlands so when spring comes there is cause for celebration. Put this together with the importance of flower and bulb cultivation in the country’s history and ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012
Some towns are locked into a moment in time and Brielle (Den Briel) in south-west part of the Netherlands is one of them. Still with its fascinating 18th century star-shaped fortifications in place, ...
Written by Viator, November 2012
The Orient comes to Rotterdam in The Netherlands this Christmas as Europe’s biggest Chinese light festival illuminates the city. China Light Rotterdam runs from December 7th to February 14th, 2013, ...
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Doing what: Amsterdam Super Saver 3: City Tour, Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam ...