Once an isolated community marooned on an island in the IJsselmeer north-east of Amsterdam, Marken relied on fishing for survival and developed its own distinct architecture, costume and even dialect. It wasn’t until 1957 that the Zeedijk causeway was built across the sea that the little settlement united with the Dutch mainland and became a national tourist attraction. Curious visitors flocked to the island to soak up its old-fashioned ambience and traditions.
Category: Things To Do
July 11, 2013
After solitude or frenzied nightlife with your beach? Sandy strand or city beach? From the Wadden Islands through Holland to untamed Zeeland in the south, the North Sea coast of The Netherlands has them all covered. Here are some of the best beaches in The Netherlands.
June 27, 2013
Sitting on the confluence of the IJ and Spaarne rivers in the province of North Holland and today virtually a suburb of Haarlem, Spaarndam is a laid-back village of gabled houses strung along the dyke among a complicated system of locks and bridges between the two rivers.
May 30, 2013
The Netherlands in summer offers blue skies and temperatures that average around 68°F (21°C), ideal for sitting in pavement cafés along the leafy canalsides and trundling around the canals on open-top boats between July and September.
May 2, 2013
The tulips are at last in full bloom in The Netherlands; the flowering season will peak in late April this year due to the chilly winter. Although not quite so ridiculously overpriced as they were in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age, tulip bulbs are nevertheless fundamental to the Dutch economy in an industry worth around €25 billion in exports, and with nine billion bulbs grown every year.
April 18, 2013
When spring comes to The Netherlands everyone rejoices; the cold, dark days are over, much of the country bursts into a glorious patchwork of color and trees are in tentative green shoot as the sun creeps from behind the clouds.