Category: Things To Do

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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Cycling Routes in the Netherlands

October 17, 2013

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Cycling is big business in the Netherlands – there are 16 million bikes in the country and they have to go somewhere. The flat terrain provides a cyclist’s paradise with its flat horizons and hundreds of routes through arable farmland and tulip fields. Hundreds of way-marked cycling routes in the Netherlands cut across dykes, polders and canals, pass historic castles, seaside resorts, abbeys and windmills; they can be short, easy rides suitable for novices and families or they can constitute long-distance challenges for experienced cyclists.

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The Netherlands in Autumn

September 19, 2013

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The Netherlands in autumn sinks back into relative tranquillity after the madness of the summer. You might get a little more rain but the crowds have vanished, the trees turn prettily russet along the canals in Amsterdam and temperatures hover around a pleasant 58°F (14.5°C).

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How to Spend a Day in Leiden

August 22, 2013

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An easy half hour southwest from Amsterdam by public transport, Leiden has a glorious, car-free townscape of Gothic buildings, cobbled squares and canal-side cafés and bars sitting on a branch of the River Rhine. Once the center of the Dutch textile industry, today it is a vibrant university town – the university was founded in 1575 by William of Orange and is the oldest in The Netherlands – and there are many reasons to spend a day in Leiden.

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Ten Souvenirs to Buy in The Netherlands

August 8, 2013

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Most people like to take home a reminder of their travels, so here’s a guide to the ten souvenirs to buy in The Netherlands, regardless of budget.

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Visiting Marken

July 25, 2013

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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.

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