Monday 21 September 2020

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

Dutch tuition online with Taalthuis: the lockdown legacy that’s staying for good

Dutch tuition online with Taalthuis: the lockdown legacy that’s staying for good

Taalthuis’s new online Dutch lessons are proving popular with busy internationals from all over the world. We find out how the corona crisis has revealed the value of online tuition. When the country was locked down due to the coronavirus, Dutch language school Taalthuis had to act quickly to meet the needs of its 800 students. On March 16 a new format was born, with students accessing online teacher-led lessons from home. A change worth keeping But what was meant... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: more weird places to spend the night in NL

DutchNews.nl destinations: more weird places to spend the night in NL

If you want to go on a holiday during these uncertain times, it might make sense to stick close to home and aim for the more rural corners of the Netherlands. Here’s some unique rentals and other lodgings around the country that can help you avoid as many other human beings as possible. A camping raft – De Heen and other locations These somewhat difficult to describe floating huts are called vlots and you can find them bopping on the edges of... More >


What’s in a name? Making sure your website gets noticed for the right reasons

What’s in a name? Making sure your website gets noticed for the right reasons

With more and more activities moving online thanks to coronavirus, this might be the perfect time to take the plunge and develop your own website – or even a set up a new one, if you are already active. So where do you begin? It all starts out with the name. Facebook, Google, Amazon, Airbnb – they are all website names which have become part of every day life, and one thing they all have in common is that they... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch cheeses you ought to try

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 10 Dutch cheeses you ought to try

The lockdown may be over but we are continuing our very own inburgering course over the summer. Lesson 16: Cheese There is more to Dutch cheese than the plastic versions of Gouda and Edam you tend to find in foreign supermarkets. Here are some of our favourites. Dutch cheese, by the way, is either jong (young, 4 weeks),  jong-belegen (young-mature 8-10 weeks), belegen (mature, 16-18 weeks), extra belegen (extra mature, 7-8 months), oud (old, 10-12 months) or overjarig (very old,... More >


Romans, roofs and miracles: 11 great things to do in August

Romans, roofs and miracles: 11 great things to do in August

Celebrate the sofa bed, get some outdoor entertainment and do some star-gazing. Here are 11 great things to do in August. See what the Romans left for us Some two thousand years ago Roman soldiers guarded the limes, or the northernmost frontier of the Roman empire, along the river Rhine and remnants of their presence are on show at the Leiden archaeological museum. But it’s not just swords and helmets because women. Children and servants came too, which explains the... More >


Self-portrait of young Rembrandt expected to fetch €15 million at auction

Self-portrait of young Rembrandt expected to fetch €15 million at auction

A self-portrait by Rembrandt is expected to fetch around €15 million when it goes on sale in London on Tuesday evening. The intricate work, measuring 17 by 22 centimetres, was painted in 1632 when the artist was in his prime and had just established his name with The Anatomy Lesson. Although around 80 Rembrandt self-portraits are known to exist, only three are in private hands, making the sale at Sotheby’s a rare opportunity for collectors. It depicts Rembrandt in his... More >



Meet the Netherlands’ stopaholics who no longer buy new clothes

Meet the Netherlands’ stopaholics who no longer buy new clothes

Many people in the Netherlands are now putting a full stop on buying new clothes. We investigate what makes the nation’s stopaholics and shopaholics tick and ask the question, is buying new clothes now finally going out of fashion? ‘I’m a self-proclaimed shopaholic,’ says Sebastian Walburg van Gent (51), a hotel operations manager from Amsterdam, who admits to loving the ’buzz’ of in-store shopping and ‘the anticipation of delivery’ when making purchases online. Smart shirts from Hawes & Curtis are... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 11 Dutch foods protected under EU law

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 11 Dutch foods protected under EU law

The lockdown may be over, but we are continuing our very own inburgering course over the summer. Lesson 15: protected foodstuffs You thought the Netherlands was all mashed potato dishes, cheese and herring when it comes to traditional food? But there are a fair few Dutch items on the EU’s official lists – even if rather a lot are cheese. And just so you know what we are talking about the EU logos PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI... More >


Princess Alexia is magazine cover star in Argentina at the age of 15

Princess Alexia is magazine cover star in Argentina at the age of 15

Princess Alexia, the second of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima’s three daughters, has become a magazine cover star in her mother’s native country. The Argentinian edition of Hola! features the 15-year-old on its cover with the tagline: ‘Is she the rebel princess of her generation?’ Inside the magazine focused on her social media presence, mainly on Instagram, as well as her talents for playing the guitar and ‘mischief’. The photoshoot for the magazine was taken during the royal family’s annual... More >


Brisk North Sea and free-flowing beer: holiday makers divert cancelled trips to ‘Costa Holanda’

Brisk North Sea and free-flowing beer: holiday makers divert cancelled trips to ‘Costa Holanda’

Swimming costume packed and beach gear on, Jennie Fix was looking forward to a day of relaxing sun. Except this care home worker from IJsselmuiden was not on the way to the ‘Turkish riviera’ of Antalya as planned. Face masks on, in a coach together with her husband Dick and daughter Gera, she was on her way to ‘Costa Holanda’ — having swapped her Turkish Corendon break for a holiday on the North Sea. ‘We were going to Turkey for... More >


Inburgering with Dutchnews.nl: Key facts about windmills

Inburgering with Dutchnews.nl: Key facts about windmills

The lockdown may be over, but we are continuing our very own inburgering course over the summer.  Lesson 14: Windmills Coronavirus put paid to this year’s national windmill day in May, but the windmill association has called on mill owners to open their doors on September 12 and 13 instead as part of National Heritage Day. Here are some facts and figures about the Netherlands’ most enduring industrial monuments. 1 The oldest windmill The oldest remaining mill in the Netherlands... More >


The Grand Beach brings the French Rivièra to the heart of Amsterdam

The Grand Beach brings the French Rivièra to the heart of Amsterdam

Spending summer in the city, or having a few days getaway at home? Get that Rivièra feeling with a visit to Amsterdam’s very own Grand Beach. Luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, located in the heart of the city centre, has opened its very own beach terrace in its historic courtyard, bringing a taste of the French coast to the Dutch capital. The Grand Beach is inspired by the elegance of the French Riviera. As you walk on to... More >


Dutch Destinations: a weekend in Breda, Pearl of the South

Dutch Destinations: a weekend in Breda, Pearl of the South

My first experience of Breda was in February and it was cold, wet and grey. Yet the North Brabant city known as the pearl of the South had not lost its lustre. Voted Best City Centre from 2017-2020, Breda is more preened than most – a hangover perhaps from centuries of royal occupancy: the Nassaus, who resided at the castle. But despite its twee shops and chic terraces (do plastic chairs even exist in this town?), the atmosphere is above... More >


Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 11 really old Dutch things

Inburgering with DutchNews.nl: 11 really old Dutch things

The lockdown may be over, but we’re continuing our very own ‘inburgering’ course over the summer. Lesson 13: 11 old things Being built on a swamp, where wood was the building material of choice, not much remains of the prehistoric Netherlands. Even the Romans avoided much of the country because of the risk of wet feet. But here is a list of 11 really old Dutch things. 1 Oldest signs of life The oldest signs of human life in the... More >


Modern living in a vintage warehouse in the heart of Rotterdam

Modern living in a vintage warehouse in the heart of Rotterdam

Finding an affordable place to live in, or to share with friends, is not always easy, but a new development in the heart of Rotterdam’s river area is about to open up to tenants – offering light, airy apartments at decent prices, and even weekly yoga classes.  WEST507 by The FIZZ, located on Westzeedijk 507 in Delfshaven, is a building full of character and charm. It was built in 1909 as offices and warehouses for Dutch industrial family Stokvis, known... More >


‘We are a truly pro-European business. Two thirds of our staff are EU nationals’

‘We are a truly pro-European business. Two thirds of our staff are EU nationals’

Big changes are on the horizon within the EU when it comes to fiscal frameworks, says Accordance VAT’s chief executive Lucy Franklin.  From the company’s Amsterdam office, she and the rest of the team are helping clients across the Netherlands and the UK to gear up to deal with the political and economic shake-ups ahead. You opened your office here in October 2018. As a British company, what challenges have you encountered operating in the Netherlands? Moving to a new... More >


Blogwatching: The story behind a Brazilian expat

Blogwatching: The story behind a Brazilian expat

Laura Alvarado is a Mexican woman who moved to the Netherlands for love. She writes and shares her experiences as someone reinventing herself while integrating on Dutch In Translation. She also interviews other internationals about their experiences. In this post, Alvarado speaks to Eliana Martt, who grew up in the north southeast of Brazil and now owns a hairdressing salon in Eindhoven.  It’s December 2018. Andrey and Eliana land in Eindhoven and find a nice home, close to Parktheater and... More >


Spring cleaning to while away the lockdown? If you can’t bin it, (self) store it

Spring cleaning to while away the lockdown? If you can’t bin it, (self) store it

Have you been reorganising your home while stuck in the house these past weeks, but can’t bear the thought of throwing out that old table or all those books? A storage box could just be the answer.  The Netherlands is a small country with small city homes to match. Perhaps you are between homes, downsizing, or have left the Marie Kondo course early: having sorted out the stuff you no longer want you cannot bring yourself to get rid of... More >


Parents, relax! The British School in the Netherlands now offers tot-to-teen education all on one campus.

Parents, relax! The British School in the Netherlands now offers tot-to-teen education all on one campus.

The British School in the Netherlands’ new senior school in The Hague is taking on its first Year 9s in September. We find out why the Leidschenveen campus is so popular with international parents. On a school rooftop in The Hague, a basketball court is being built. It’s the latest in exciting facilities being added to the British School in the Netherlands’ stunning new senior school, which opened on its Leidschenveen campus in 2018. In combination with private day care... More >