Category: Things To Do

Rotterdam in a Day

May 1, 2014

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Rotterdam is a modern, forward-thinking city that has depended on its port for its income. After Nazi bombing in May 1940 virtually annihilated the entire city, regeneration has been key. This is a Dutch city like no other, with only shadowy remnants of its historic gabled districts left in Delfshaven. Seeing Rotterdam in a day means kicking off with a tour of the port.

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One Day in The Hague

March 6, 2014

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The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) is the administrative capital of the Netherlands, a compact city spreading out from its political powerbase around the Hofvijver Lake. This is the place to start a tour if you only have one day in The Hague.

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The Statenkwartier Area of The Hague

February 6, 2014

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As the seat of Dutch government and the third largest city in The Netherlands, The Hague has many major attractions including the UN Peace Palace, the fabulous Mauritshuis art gallery (due to re-open in May 2014) and of course the Binnenhof parliament buildings around Hofvijver lake. Not least among these is the chic Statenkwartier area of The Hague, which is one of the oldest and smartest districts of the city.

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A Day at the Zuiderzee Museum

January 9, 2014

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Just 30 miles (50 km) north-east of Amsterdam, the Zuiderzee Museum makes a great day out for families; it is located in Enkhuizen, one of the many villages along the coast whose livelihoods were cut off when access to the North Sea was cut off by construction of the Afsluidijk dam in 1932. A day at the Zuiderzee Museum presents the chance to learn how Dutch fishing communities lived in times gone by.

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Christmas in Haarlem

December 12, 2013

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Christmas in Haarlem for 2013 has already started; the streets are adorned with laces of Christmas lights and store windows decorated with festive Nativity scenes. On Sunday November 17, Sinterklaas and his black-faced helpers – the Zwarte Pieten – sailed by barge down the River Spaarne into Haarlem with much fanfare and celebration before parading on a white horse through the streets to check on the behavior of the city’s youngsters.

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Christmas Markets in The Netherlands

November 29, 2013

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Christmas Market in Amsterdam. Photo courtesy of slideshow bob via Flickr.

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 and rousing carol concerts.

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