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, October 2012
Sephardic Jews first came to Amsterdam in the late 15th century, escaping persecution in Spain and Portugal, and settled behind Waterlooplein, bordered by the Amstel and the Herengracht canal. They ...
If you’ve only got a few days in The Netherlands, head straight to Madurodam near Den Haag for a mini-tour of the whole country – all in miniature. A 30-minute train ride from Amsterdam and a tram ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2012
The Netherlands is all about the sea. Firstly because it exists in constant danger of being flooded by the North Sea and therefore spends a fortune on defensive dikes and floodgates, and also on ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, October 2011
One of the most exciting things about Amsterdam is its diversity. Its history as a trading nation has made it very open-minded, especially in terms of food. To really explore this facet and enjoy ...
The Netherlands has historically been a very religious country with many different strands of Christianity represented. This has declined in the 21st century with many fewer people attending church, ...
Amsterdam in The Netherlands has its party reputation to maintain and the city certainly erupts on New Year’s Eve to celebrate Oudejaarsavondwith fireworks and fun for residents and a multitude of ...
The Netherlands still has royalty and mighty proud of Queen Beatrix they are too. The House of Orange-Nassau was founded in 1544 by William of Orange. It went through the usual topsy-turvy ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, June 2011
You’d be unusual to have gone your whole life without ever seeing a painting by Rembrandt. One of history’s most famous painters, he lived and worked in Amsterdam during the seventeenth century, a ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, March 2012
The Dutch love their art and rightly so – they have an incredibly rich history of painting and have given the western world some of its best painters and imagery. The famous Rijksmuseum in central ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, November 2011
He might be an old man with a flowing white beard and a long red cape but The Netherland’s Sinterklaas is a little different to the Coca-Cola-type Santa Claus we all know. For starters, he comes ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, February 2011
When spring comes to Europe everyone rejoices; the cold, dark days are over and color comes back into our lives as the flowers bloom. One of the very best places in the world to experience this ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, August 2011
One of my favourite areas of Amsterdam is Jordaan . Across Prinsengracht canal from the Anne Frank house and bordered by the streets Marnixstraat and Rozengracht, and the canal Brouwersgracht, ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, June 2012
Here is a list of six events happening in Amsterdam this summer: 1) Vondelpark Amsterdam’s largest and favorite park, Vondelpark, comes alive during the summer. You will see people picnicking under ...
Written by Sasha, March 2013
As the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam is its biggest city and home to a hip and multicultural population, with a rainbow of nations all bringing their colorful heritage to town. The result is ...
Written by Philippa Burne, UK, August 2012
The annual Dutch Theater Festival (Nederlands Theater Festival or TF) is on again this year from August 30th to September 9th. The 10 best Dutch drama performances of 2011 and 2012, as selected by a ...
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Doing what: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from ...