Monday 23 September 2019

Longer articles about living in the Netherlands, Dutch society, culture and travel plus third party content from our partners

A slice of Dutch history: castles, forts and fortified towns to visit

A slice of Dutch history: castles, forts and fortified towns to visit

Ever fancied playing monarch for a day? Enjoying some jousting, a feast fit for a king or wandering in the lanes of the royal gardens? Here in the Netherlands there is a rich and varied heritage sector: from sites of archaeological interest to romantic retreats in restored castles. Muiderslot The ‘Muiderslot’ is barely a 30 minute drive from central Amsterdam but it feels surprisingly rural. Just outside the pretty town of Muiden, this 13th century keep was first erected by... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15

DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15

It’s a week of shattered illusions on the podcast as a former CDA politician in Brabant is jailed for his part in the Netherlands’ biggest ever drugs farm and a Jeff Koons sculpture meets an explosive fate in an Amsterdam church. Also: is the housing market overheating, why did a singing road lose its voice, and how did hawks and sea eagles become embroiled in a treetop turf war? Top story Former politician jailed for hosting Netherlands’ biggest drugs lab... More >


Museums neglect core tasks in favour of popular exhibitions: report

Museums neglect core tasks in favour of popular exhibitions: report

The pressure on museums to organise frequent, low threshold exhibitions is increasing visitor numbers but is also eating up a large part of their budget at the expense of other tasks, the Council for Culture warned on Thursday. In a report titled A Delicate Balance, the government advisory body says that although blockbuster exhibitions make money, they are not making enough to counterbalance the cost of staff and maintenance. An increasing number of museums are struggling, the council says, adding... More >


Could a custom-made Tiny House be your affordable new home?

Could a custom-made Tiny House be your affordable new home?

Who would want to live in a space the size of a shed at the mercy of the elements? Deborah Nicholls-Lee finds out why the Tiny House movement is gaining ground in the Netherlands. Sometimes a queue forms outside Marjolein Jonker’s Alkmaar home. She enjoys showing people around her house, but at just 20m², only a few visitors at a time can fit inside. Co-designed with students from the TU Delft and parked since 2016 on grassy wasteland where a... More >


Ingeburgered? Then here are a few of the best and most bizarre burgers in NL

Ingeburgered? Then here are a few of the best and most bizarre burgers in NL

The Netherlands is in the middle of a full-fledged burger bonanza. It seems like there’s a cafe devoted to them on every corner, especially in Amsterdam. This means there’s a burger for nearly every taste, whether you’re a vegetarian or eat red meat with every meal. Here’s Brandon Hartley’s picks for a few of the best, weirdest, and wildest ones in the country. A burger for those who consider variety the spice of life Burgermeester – Amsterdam Since 2007, Burgermeester... More >



You might not be aware of it, but the Netherlands is full of valleys

You might not be aware of it, but the Netherlands is full of valleys

As every cyclist knows the Netherlands is as flat as a pancake, bar a few hillocks in the province of Limburg. However, over the last few years, the Netherlands had become riddled with valleys. Food Valley, Metal Valley, Seed Valley – the country is positively mountainous. The fashion for valleys can be blamed squarely on the wits of those who decided to call part of California Silicon Valley because of all the tech companies that are based there. Perhaps not... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: take the train for a weekend in Rotterdam

DutchNews.nl destinations: take the train for a weekend in Rotterdam

With Eurostar now running a three-hour service from London to Rotterdam, the city’s fortunes as a tourist hub are set to boom. So, get over there now and appreciate the fantastic views, great museums and excellent cocktails before the British stag parties take over, says Molly Quell. Only slightly smaller than Amsterdam by population, Rotterdam is the Netherland’s second largest city. It is home to the largest port in Europe, a fact which is partially responsible for its diverse population... More >


Blogwatching: Five bands from Amsterdam that won’t let you sit still

Blogwatching: Five bands from Amsterdam that won’t let you sit still

Ana V. Martins is a Portuguese actress and a writer who lives in Amsterdam. Her blog AmsterDive is about her relationship with Amsterdam with a focus on arts and culture. In this post, she writes about five of the lesser known Amsterdam bands who get her feet moving. Ah, bands from Amsterdam! Not the good old classics, not the über famous ones. Real bands composed of real people who make real sound and play in real concerts that real people... More >


Life in a suitcase: The Expatriate Archive Centre celebrates 10 years

Life in a suitcase: The Expatriate Archive Centre celebrates 10 years

Thirty years ago, a suitcase full of papers and photos sat on a shelf. What that suitcase contained would go on to become the start of the Expatriate Archive Centre in The Hague. Now, it’s going on tour.  Molly Quell finds out more about a globetrotting piece of luggage. Years ago a group of Shell wives (as they referred to themselves) set about to publish a book on the experiences of the families of Shell expatriate employees to celebrate the... More >


From careers to childcare, the Amsterdam IamExpat Fair has it covered

From careers to childcare, the Amsterdam IamExpat Fair has it covered

Need help with finding the perfect place to live, that next career move or even mates to hang around with? You’ll find all the answers at the fourth edition of the the IamExpat Fair in Amsterdam, which will take place on Saturday April 7 at the Westergasfabriek. The IamExpat Fair was set up to support internationals in the Netherlands and connect them with local businesses and service providers so the organisers are delighted to be hosting their fourth Amsterdam edition.... More >


From Easter egg hunts to King’s Day orange: 12 great things to do in April

From Easter egg hunts to King’s Day orange: 12 great things to do in April

The Easter weekend may be set to be chilly and wet, but spring temperatures should be on their way next week – if we are to believe the KNMI weather bureau that is. So here are some great things to do this April. Join the egg hunt There’s plenty to do this Easter. You could try the traditional Easter market on The Hague’s Lange Voorhout on April 1 and 2 or take the children to join the search for the... More >


Meet Happy Streets: Rotterdam’s cheeky activists for social mobility in the city

Meet Happy Streets: Rotterdam’s cheeky activists for social mobility in the city

A cheerful squad of urban agitators are using Rotterdam to conduct quirky experiments in social mobility. Is this car-centric city ready to rethink its use of space? Deborah Nicholls-Lee finds out more. If you wake up one morning to find your street covered in pink and yellow dots, a lawn where once there was a parking space, or a bike-through cafe in your neighbour’s front room, then it might be the work of Happy Streets, a mischievous but well-meaning group... More >


It’s spring, so to celebrate here are nine things to know about tulips

It’s spring, so to celebrate here are nine things to know about tulips

Spring is officially here and that means the Keukenhof bulb gardens in Lisse are now open. It is the 69th time that the gardens will have opened to the public and they are expecting over a million visitors in eight short weeks. This year’s theme is romance and so among the special gardens in 2018 are Cupid’s Garden, with a kissing gate, a Holiday Romance garden, with a tropical atmosphere under the palms and Rob’s Oriental Romance. For those of... More >


From tacos to tiras a la Mexicana – the best Mexican food in the Netherlands

From tacos to tiras a la Mexicana – the best Mexican food in the Netherlands

Many people from North America often bemoan the lack of quality Mexican food here in the Lowlands. Fortunately, things have been steadily improving on this particular culinary front in recent years. Whether your gut demands fajitas cooked to near perfection or you simply can’t shake your cravings for Grilled Stuft Burritos, here’s a few of Brandon Hartley’s picks that will help you get your fix. KUA – The Hague and Rotterdam What’s the best authentic Mexican restaurant in the Netherlands?... More >



A year without money: one Dutchman’s journey to find human happiness

A year without money: one Dutchman’s journey to find human happiness

When Mundo Resink (35) realised that money was holding him back in life, he chose a drastic solution: to live without it. Deborah Nicholls-Lee finds out more about his life-changing experiment. On the evening of January 6, 2013, Mundo Resink couldn’t sleep. Something had been growing inside of him: a resounding truth which this night refused to be silenced. ‘It was like something from my belly just came up and it was unstoppable,’ he says. That night Mundo realised that... More >


Extra €80m a year in cultural spending to focus on young talent

Extra €80m a year in cultural spending to focus on young talent

Nurturing young talent is one of the main strands of the government’s plans to invest an extra €80 million a year in culture, minister Ingrid van Engelshoven has told MPs. ‘If you look at the top level of our orchestras, societies and museums, it all looks fantastic,’ Van Engelshoven said in a letter to parliament. ‘But if you don’t invest it raises the question: will we still have such a fantastic top tier in 10 or 20 years’ time?’ The... More >


An allround experience: watching Sven and Ireen skate in front of their home crowd

An allround experience: watching Sven and Ireen skate in front of their home crowd

There are some things you just can’t avoid to really understand the Dutch and speed skating is one of them. Robin Pascoe went to see Sven (Kramer) and Ireen (Wüst) in action at the world allround championships. Many years ago, when my children were small, we did the obligatory skating lessons at the Jaap Edenbaan ice rink in Amsterdam. This usually involved spending all day of the one-week autumn holiday at the rink, watching small boys and girls strap skates... More >


Large Roman cemetery discovered but where did its occupants live?

Large Roman cemetery discovered but where did its occupants live?

A secret dig at the site of a new section of the A15 motorway has yielded a large Roman cemetery but no clues as to the provenance of its occupants, government roads department RWS announced this week. The find, in a field at Bemmel near Zevenaar, dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD and consists of 48 graves, some with their stone funerary urns still present. Four of the graves were found to be more or less intact, which... More >