Tuesday 02 June 2020

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

Between stereotypes: Being a male sex worker in Amsterdam

Between stereotypes: Being a male sex worker in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s red light district is famous all over the world, but represents just a small and visible part of the city’s sex industry. City officials have embarked on a clean-up campaign, closing windows and buying out brothel owners and are now considering moving the windows altogether. And, spurred by a petition signed by 40,000 people, the legality of sex work is now under discussion as well. A lot is said and written about female prostitution – hardly surprising seeing as... More >


Dutch Destinations: miracles and Mondrian in Amersfoort

Dutch Destinations: miracles and Mondrian in Amersfoort

Home of monastic miracles and medieval architecture, but also birthplace of Mondrian, icon of Dutch Modernism, Amersfoort, in Utrecht province, is a rich blend of the new and the old with plenty to discover. An unexpected guide accompanies us on our 15-minute walk from the station to Amersfoort’s historic centre. ‘Sofie’ – as she is known – steers us through the city’s trafficky outskirts, her iconic swishing ponytail and stout mini-skirted form illuminated in red and green on the traffic... More >


Boar, beavers, deer, geese… the Netherlands is in for the cull

Boar, beavers, deer, geese… the Netherlands is in for the cull

In the Netherlands, rabbits, hare, wild duck, wood pigeons and pheasants are the only types of wildlife which can be shot ‘for pleasure’. There is, however, a lot of hunting of other species going on.  For a little country, the Netherlands has a lot of animals that it wants rid of. Here’s a list. Doomed deer To eat or to be eaten, that is the question for the red deer in nature reserve the Oostvaardersplassen. There is not enough food... More >


Forget Maastricht and Rotterdam: Eight places to host Eurovision

Forget Maastricht and Rotterdam: Eight places to host Eurovision

The celebratory cheers over Duncan Laurence’s win at Eurovision had barely died down before the entire country of the Netherlands started to wonder: Where will the next one be held? Eurovision, the annual sort-of-European song competition, is always held in the home country of the previous year’s winner. So the 2020 song festival will be here, in the Netherlands. The organisation has, of course, lots of rules and regulations about what sort of cities and venues are eligible. Five Dutch... More >


Blogwatching: Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

Blogwatching: Don’t Forget Your Vakantiekaas

On Turning Dutch, Amanda van Mulligen writes about life as an expat mother, expat wife and an expat writer.   Holiday plans outside of the Netherlands this summer? How will you cope without Dutch cheese during your vacation? Luckily, you don’t have to because there’s vakantiekaas available just for you! Dutch are cheese mad One of the stereotypical icons for the Netherlands is undoubtedly, alongside clogs and windmills, cheese. And where there’s smoke there’s probably fire. The Dutch produce a... More >


What’s in a name? The new tourist map of Amsterdam

What’s in a name? The new tourist map of Amsterdam

It’s komkommertijd here in the Netherlands, but rather than making up Dutch cultural traditions, we’re encouraging tourists to see more of Amsterdam. Yes, journalist Jelmer Visser, fed up with the constant expansion that the city of Amsterdam seems to grant itself, created a tourist map of the Netherlands – from the perspective of the Amsterdam tourism board. You think it’s bad that Amsterdam has claimed a castle that will take nearly an hour to get to with public transport as... More >


From Pride to propaganda: 13 great things to do in August

From Pride to propaganda: 13 great things to do in August

Many of the locals may be away on holiday this month, but that does not mean there is nothing to do for those left behind. From a special tour of the Rijksmuseum for the Pride celebrations, to sending kids into space, there is a lot going on this August. Go an a gay tour The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam hooked up with Pride and devised a Roze Rijks (pink Rijks) guided tour of the history of homosexuality seen through works of... More >


Forget the skates. Visit the 11 cities of Friesland at any time of the year

Forget the skates. Visit the 11 cities of Friesland at any time of the year

The 11 cities of Friesland very occasionally host a gruelling 200 kilometre skating race – if temperatures dip below zero for long enough, and just recently a swimming marathon. But you can also travel the famous route by bike, by boat, on horseback, on foot… however you like. Fansels! (That’s Friesian for ‘of course’). 1 Dokkum (the only one of the 11 without a different name in Friesian) In olden times Dutch school children were taught that ‘Bonifacius was killed... More >


What’s brewing? A quick look at a few of the Netherlands’ best brewpubs

What’s brewing? A quick look at a few of the Netherlands’ best brewpubs

Have you been searching for a place to enjoy a quality craft brew along with some tasty eats here in the Netherlands? While beer snobs might quibble over whether or not these operations technically qualify as brewpubs, tasting rooms, or something else entirely, here are a few spots that combine some of the country’s best suds with great food. Brouwerij de Prael – Amsterdam, The Hague and Groningen Brouwerij de Prael was originally called De Parel and began brewing in... More >


Foodie picks: The 15 best budget restaurants in Amsterdam

Foodie picks: The 15 best budget restaurants in Amsterdam

Recent research shows that the ratio between Amsterdam house prices and Amsterdammers’ disposable incomes is the highest in Europe. So it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling strapped for cash. Add in the city’s steepening restaurant prices, and even going out for an evening meal is looking less and less affordable. But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are still several good eateries where you can have a simple meal for around €10, so you can stop... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ban This Sick Fun Edition – Week 29

DutchNews podcast – The Ban This Sick Fun Edition – Week 29

There’s plenty to shout about in our last podcast before the summer break as five cities bid to host next year’s Eurovision, a children’s playground is forced to close because of complaints about noise, a proposed Holocaust memorial sparks local protests and the Dutch women’s football team are cheered all the way to the final. In our discussion we take the pulse of the coalition at the halfway point and ask if it will make it to the finish line.... More >


Spotted heading south: Young cheetahs born in Arnhem moving to Spain

Spotted heading south: Young cheetahs born in Arnhem moving to Spain

Two female cheetahs born in Arnhem’s Burgers’ Zoo are moving to Spain under a European exchange scheme. The young cheetahs are the result of a breeding programme that has seen 15 cubs, including two sets of sextuplets, born in the Dutch city in the last six years. An eight-year-old male cheetah and two nine-year-old females have been involved in the breeding programme, with all the sextuplets born to the same mother in May 2014 and September 2016. Cheetahs usually have... More >



Internationally awkward – how to learn Dutch when your office speaks English?

Internationally awkward – how to learn Dutch when your office speaks English?

Learning Dutch in an international work environment can be tough especially if English is your common language. Deborah Nicholls-Lee tracks down some expert advice. The Netherlands is a popular workplace: its people speak excellent English, it’s economically stable, and it offers a great work-life balance. It is no surprise that big international names such as Adidas, Booking.com, IKEA, and Nike all have their European headquarters here, with Panasonic and Sony due to follow shortly. But, with expats now staying longer,... More >



Dutch destinations: good food and great shopping in Haarlem

Dutch destinations: good food and great shopping in Haarlem

It’s the namesake of the New York City borough, the city saved by a finger in the dike and was the epicenter for tulip mania. Haarlem is a mere fifteen minutes from Amsterdam and should be next on your list of places to visit.  Founded somewhere in the 10th century, Haarlem was given city status in 1245. It is located on a small bit of land above sea level which connects Leiden to Alkmaar and its geography provided the locals... More >


Blogwatching: With my feet in two boats

Blogwatching: With my feet in two boats

Dana is a Romanian, living in Amsterdam since 2010. She’s passionate about the city and everything it has to offer. On her blog, she shares her discoveries, experiences and thoughts with everyone who’s interested in Amsterdam, the Netherlands or travel in general.  There is a Romanian expression: “Cu fundul în două luntri“, which means ‘sitting with your bum in two boats’, or in other words not being able to make up your mind about something. For the title of this... More >


From sculpture in the sun to moths by night: 11 great things to do in July

From sculpture in the sun to moths by night: 11 great things to do in July

Summer should be well and truly upon us next month, but not all the activities in our July round-up feature the great outdoors. Dance July away Contemporary dance festival July Dance is coming to Amsterdam again, with challenging performances that make you sit up and think. There are eight venues featuring shows by seasoned dancers and choreographers as well as new talent. Additional events include a ‘dance route in the centre of  Amsterdam inspired by its colonial past’ and free... More >


Weird places to spend the night in the Netherlands

Weird places to spend the night in the Netherlands

Normal hotels can be soooo boring. If you’re looking for a place to stay in the Netherlands that offers something beyond mere conventionality, why not try one of these unusual lodgings? Crane Hotel Faralda – Amsterdam It’s become one of the country’s most famous and downright bizarre hotels, but it’s also among the most expensive. A single night at Crane Hotel Faralda will run you upwards of €795. It’s hard to dismiss the view up there though, and the experience... More >


‘I am addicted to riding the train with my trusty OV-chipkaart’

‘I am addicted to riding the train with my trusty OV-chipkaart’

Following his retirement from the healthcare industry, California native George Sonsel began reviewing the dreams on his bucket list. Living overseas was one of them. He currently lives in The Hague with his husband Sven and volunteers for The World in Your Classroom, an educational organisation. How did you end up in the Netherlands? After retiring in the United States, I wanted to fulfill a couple of dreams on my bucket list, which included living in a different culture and... More >