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).
Category: Things To Do
August 22, 2013
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.
August 8, 2013
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.
July 25, 2013
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.
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.