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, November 2012
The Netherlands springs to life in December, holding traditional Christmas markets in many towns against a backdrop of prettily illuminated gabled houses, canals, lavishly decorated Christmas trees ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, December 2011
Traditionally, Christmas in The Netherlands is more about family than presents. Their day for gift-giving is the evening of Dec 5th/morning of December 6th when Sinterklaas comes to town from Spain. ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, May 2012
The De Hoge Veluwe National Park is the largest nature reserve in the Netherlands. It began with the dream of Anton Kroller and his wife Helene Kroller-Muller who bought the estate in 1909 and began ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011
The iconic blue and white pottery and tiling you see throughout the Netherlands is known as Delftware and comes from the town of Delft in southern Holland. Editor's Note: This recommendation was ...
Written by Sasha, January 2013
Alkmaar is an historic Dutch town complete with gabled buildings, tall church spires, cute canals and bridges, and upmarket stores in cobbled streets. It’s a microcosm of Amsterdam, the capital city ...
The Dutch strongly believe in the freedom of the individual. This freedom is also displayed at home as most Dutch homes don't have curtains shielding off the window, so that you can look into living ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, September 2011
Anytime you travel one of the most challenging, exciting and
perplexing things can be eating. There are menus to unravel and strange
untranslatable things that may or may not be the biggest ...
Only about 20 minutes away by train, the town of Haarlem is older than Amsterdam, established in 1245 on the river Spaarne. It has beautiful medieval and Gothic buildings and a lovely, almost ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012
No euro-trip is complete without a visit to Amsterdam. The best way to travel through the Netherlands is by train and, there’s a lot of time to do some reading.
These days it’s all about the ...
Written by Viator, November 2012
Where should you visit next in the tightly packed compact country that is The Netherlands? You’ve walked the canals, visited the museums and seen the red lights of Amsterdam, visited markets in Edam ...
Queensday is officially the national celebration of the birthday of the Queen Mother. Amsterdam turns into one relaxed and fun big street party and huge flee market. At the Dam, Damrak, Rokin, ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, August 2012
Did you know that in Poland if you see three redheads at the same time you will win the lottery? Or that in Corsica if you see a redhead you must spit and spin around? How about that Scotland has the ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, January 2012
There’s nothing that brings a city to life as much as a film festival. This year is Rotterdam’s 41st running from January 25 until February 5th 2012 in the Netherlands . Their slogan is Beautiful ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, July 2012
Along with clogs and windmills, an icon of The Netherlands is the blue painted ceramic: plates, vases and tiles. The most authentic of these is Royal Delft who have been making the famous Delft Blue ...
One thing you’ll notice as you travel around the Netherlands is all the cows. Peacefully grazing, they are generally a happy bunch because they get to live long, productive lives giving milk for the ...
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