Category: Things To Do

The Netherlands in Winter

February 8, 2013

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There is plenty to do in The Netherlands in winter. The climate might not be at its most welcoming but if you’re lucky the sun will come out, the crowds will have disappeared, and you’ll have the place to yourself.

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Things to Do in Delft

January 24, 2013

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Prinsenhof in Delft

Sitting between Rotterdam and Den Haag in The Netherlands, Delft is a gorgeous old market town, full of gabled houses, a medieval town hall, tree-lined canals, cobbled piazzas, and barnlike churches. An hour east of Amsterdam, Delft is today a university town with a thriving porcelain industry, making the town’s world-famous blue china.

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Flower Festivals in The Netherlands

January 17, 2013

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Tulip display at Keukenhof, Netherlands

As spring approaches, The Netherlands throws off her winter chill and embarks upon a series of flower festivals. With much of the country carpeted in a glorious wash of jewel-colored blooms, visit the Cooperative Netherlands Bulb Centre at Bovenkarspel, just north of Amsterdam, for the biggest undercover flower festival in country, running from February 24 to March 3, 2013. The festival’s site is a seven-minute walk from the train station at Bovenkarspel Flora.

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Dutch Traditions in Alkmaar

January 11, 2013

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Alkmaar Cheese Market in The Netherlands is held on Friday mornings in summer. Photo courtesy of manuel/MC on Flickr.

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 of The Netherlands, which is just 30 minutes by train to the south.

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China Light Rotterdam

November 16, 2012

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China Light Rotterdam

The Orient comes to Rotterdam in The Netherlands this Christmas as Europe’s biggest Chinese light festival illuminates the city. China Light Rotterdam runs from December 7th to February 14th, 2013, at Euromast Park and sees scores of Chinese artists turning the gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland of mythical beasts, lotus flowers, giant snails and even Kung Fu Panda lighting up the night.

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Off the Beaten Track in the Netherlands

November 1, 2012

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Windmill in the town of Goedereede, Netherlands. Photo courtesy of hans.griep via Flickr.

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 and Gouda, admired pottery in Delft and bought bulbs in Keukenhof Gardens. Time to get off the beaten track.

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