Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen is the only zoo in the Netherlands that has giant pandas. The two pandas, Wu Wen and Xing Ya, have been on loan from China since 2017. Back in January, the two pandas mated for the first time and it has been an anxious wait to find out if a baby panda was on its way.
All that waiting ended in celebration when, on May 1st 2020, Wu Wen gave birth to a baby panda cub.
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This summer, get out and experience all the tastes of the world from the comfort of the north of the Netherlands. Across the three provinces Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, there is are a whole host of food festivals and events happening during the summer months offering a huge variety of culinary dishes.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Kings day (Koningsdag) is April 27th, it’s a national celebration day.
We have talked about Kings day in the past (see our 2015 article), but 2018 is special, the Royal family are visiting Groningen to celebrate!
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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.
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To many Mata Hari is known as “that Dutch spy”, but who was she, and was she really a spy?
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