On May 5, the Netherlands celebrates its freedom throughout the country at the various Bevrijdings Festivals, Liberation Festivals in English. All major cities have their own plans for the day. These are the plans for the three big cities in the north of the Netherlands.Continue reading “Bevrijdings Festival”
Oberhausen is a city just across the border, in Germany. Each holiday season, CentrO shopping and leisure centre hosts one of the largest Christmas markets in Germany, plus they have over 220 stores inside the large shopping mall, perfect for doing a big Christmas present shop.
The Drentse Koe is a real dairy farm in Ruinerwold, Drenthe. In 1999 they started selling homemade ice cream from the fresh milk produced on their farm. Since then they have grown to a full-fledged recreation play-center for kids, with a large outside and inside play area and in 2017 they said goodbye to their dairy cattle to focus on the play-center, but continue to make ice cream using fresh milk from neighbouring farms.
In such heat water is so tempting, be it an ice-cold drink, a cooling shower, a refreshing rain, a stroll under the sprinkler in the garden or (the best of all) a day (oh, at least an hour!) by or on the water. Just thinking about water activities seems to be helping already. To make it easier for you to arrange a day on the water, we’ve decided to put together some addresses in the Northern Netherlands where you can rent a boat without the need of a sailing license.
Written by: Charmaine Andre and Shannon Zurhaar
Leeuwarden: Cultural Capital of Europe 2018! It’s been the talk of the town the past couple of years and the city of Leeuwarden has been hard at work with its improvements to the city to show the world how beautiful it is. You have probably noticed the white boy & girl statues, the pedestrian area and changes by the train station, the flags, flowers, trees, among many other things. But what is ‘Cultural Capital’? And what does it mean for Leeuwarden and Friesland?
Here’s what the Groninger Museum has to say about their exhibit Romanticism in the North: From Friedrich to Turner, the first international survey exhibition of northern European Romantic landscape painting.
To many Mata Hari is known as “that Dutch spy”, but who was she, and was she really a spy?
Surely you’ve heard of Venice in Italy: a city built on small islands that has canals instead of roads and gondolas instead of cars. The gondolas are especially stereotypical in romantic movies, driven by a gondolier singing a – presumably – love song. But have you ever wondered what Venice would be like if it were a small village in the countryside, rather than a city with over a quarter million inhabitants? You probably haven’t. However it does exist – believe me or not – right here in the Netherlands, and it’s called Giethoorn.
Visiting the zoo, or animal parks, is something me and my family really enjoy. We go usually once a month to one of the many small animal parks in the Netherlands, where entry for a family is usually around €20-€30.
But once a year, during the summer holidays, we plan in a visit to one of the larger animal parks or zoos. With high entry prices, parking fees, a day out with the family can quickly peak the €100 mark and more. So we make a big day of it, get there early, bring a picnic with us and stay for most of the day, with rest breaks planned in so our daughter won’t have a meltdown.