Monday 15 August 2022
Dutch destinations: Zoom on down to Zierikzee

Dutch destinations: Zoom on down to Zierikzee

Zierikzee isn’t the first place that might spring to mind for a getaway in the Netherlands, but this small coastal city is well worth a visit. Here you’ll find 500 listed buildings, museums, a historic harbour, and plenty of cute boutiques and cafes. The history of the community dates back to the 13th century and for hundreds of years it was best known for the Battle of Zierikzee. The 1304 naval clash pitted the forces of King Philip IV of... More >



Rotterdam planning crackdown on ‘anti-social’ drivers

Rotterdam planning crackdown on ‘anti-social’ drivers

The city of Rotterdam is planning to crack down on inconsiderate and dangerous driving behaviour this summer. According to Vincent Karremans, the city’s alderman for mobility, his office has seen too many instances of reckless driving, loitering in and around cars, and noise violations. ‘In recent years, we have already put a lot of effort into tackling traffic antisocial behaviour. We will continue this in the coming years,’ he said in a statement. The city plans to use a series... More >


Dutch destinations: Why not go Wadden Sea island hopping?

Dutch destinations: Why not go Wadden Sea island hopping?

If you thought island hopping was something to do in Greece, think again. A tour through the five Dutch Wadden Sea islands is a great way to enjoy them in all their glory. Dutch school children learn the names and order of the Wadden Islands, on the edge of the fauna-rich Wadden Sea using the clue TV Tas (or tv bag) for Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. The islands, with their long sandy beaches, their wide open spaces, quirky... More >


OM investigation into nitrogen figures at Lelystad airport: Dutch media

OM investigation into nitrogen figures at Lelystad airport: Dutch media

Public prosecutors are investigating whether or not figures provided on nitrous emissions from the planned passenger hub at Lelystad Airport may have been purposefully incorrect, reports Omroep Flevoland. An opponent of the airport, Leon Adegeest of the Stichting HoogOverijssel, reported 14 people involved in presenting figures regarding the airport’s emissions to the police for alleged criminal activity. Protestors claim that officials in the infrastructure and water ministry, consultancy firms and (former) directors of Lelystad Airport did not correctly declare nitrogen... More >



Going electric could mean cheaper parking from next year

Going electric could mean cheaper parking from next year

The owners of electric cars and hydrogen-powered cars could pay lower parking fees from 2023 to stimulate clean car use, junior infrastructure minister Vivianne Heijnen said in a briefing to MPs on Thursday. Heijen is going to adapt local legislation to include the measure but it will still be up to local councils to adopt it. Amsterdam is currently the most expensive place to park, charging up to €568 a year in the city centre, while towns like IJsselstein in... More >


Amsterdam to rethink fines for mistakes with holiday rental

Amsterdam to rethink fines for mistakes with holiday rental

Amsterdam city council has pledged to review huge fines handed out to citizens for making innocent mistakes in holiday rentals. At a council meeting attended by two dozen members of the public who run holiday rentals, the new head of housing Zita Pels said that the city would re-think its policy on punitive fines for first-time offenders. In the meantime, she said, contested fines will be frozen while she investigates the legal position around reversing penalties deemed unfair. Around 30... More >


Dutch destinations: music and mummies in Frisian villages

Dutch destinations: music and mummies in Frisian villages

A weekend in a peaceful village seemed like the perfect option when one of our neighbours announced plans for a party. Little did we know that the visit would coincide with Franeker’s Oldies festival. The Oldies Festival, as we soon discovered, is not an event for pensioners, but a music festival focusing on the hits of yore, from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. It had everything you would expect from a village party – a big stage, a beer tent,... More >



Dutch destinations: further down the lanes of Leiden

Dutch destinations: further down the lanes of Leiden

We wrote about Leiden for the Dutch destinations series back in 2018, but there’s plenty more to experience and explore. Here’s a second glimpse at one of the most overlooked cities in the Randstad region.  Leiden is a city of several contrasts. Throughout much of the 20th century it was considered something of a backwater despite being located in the Randstad and serving as the home of Leiden University. Its industrial and blue collar past still echo through the streets... More >


‘Hysterical’: Amsterdammers slam holiday rental fines

‘Hysterical’: Amsterdammers slam holiday rental fines

A tough approach to illegal hotels in Amsterdam is unfairly punishing people who make simple mistakes, according to local politicians and a lobby group for B&Bs. Last year, Amsterdam council gave 72 people a fine for holiday rental in breach of the strict rules introduced after universal concerns in the council about over-tourism. Now, however around 30 people have asked for assistance from the Amsterdam ombudsman because they believe they have been unfairly victimised, with fines from €8,700 for what... More >


Union warns of hot summer at Schiphol, as airport boss apologises for chaos

Union warns of hot summer at Schiphol, as airport boss apologises for chaos

Trade union FNV has warned that it will be a ‘hot summer’ at Schiphol airport unless improvements in working conditions are made as a matter of urgency. The union has written to the airport’s chief executive Dick Benschop with a list of demands and a deadline, and accuses the airport group of ignoring the chaos and shortage of staff for too long. Benschop issued his apologies for the problems of the past few weeks to reporters and on a television... More >


Schiphol warns again of long waits as criticism of cancellations mounts

Schiphol warns again of long waits as criticism of cancellations mounts

Schiphol airport is warning travellers that it will again be extremely busy on Sunday and they may have to wait outside the terminal building, after failing in its efforts to cut passenger numbers. The airport had been trying to get the number of travellers moving through the airport on Sunday reduced by 5,800 by asking airlines to cut flights. While KLM has cancelled some services, other airlines and tour operators refused, although Corenden did shift one flight to Rotterdam airport... More >


Street dealers dealt with in Amsterdam anti-drug campaign

Street dealers dealt with in Amsterdam anti-drug campaign

As tourists return in full force to the Amsterdam red light district, Amsterdam city council has met them with police action and a campaign warning visitors against street dealers. Over the Easter weekend, the city announced, 69 people were apprehended for breaking various drug and public order laws, and 54 were banned from the area. Almost half of the arrests were for selling fake drugs: 10 suspects will appear before judges in the short term, four have been fined, and... More >


Baggage handler strike causes chaos at Schiphol as school holidays start

Baggage handler strike causes chaos at Schiphol as school holidays start

Dozens of flights to and from Schiphol airport were cancelled on Saturday morning because of a wildcat strike by KLM ground crew. The strike, on one of the busiest days of the year, led to long queues which reached outside the main terminal building. The A4 slip roads to the airport were also closed for a time as a safety measure. The strike ended in the early afternoon but the airport authority still urged passengers with a flight before 3pm... More >


Dutch destinations: You should definitely go to Goes

Dutch destinations: You should definitely go to Goes

This 10th-century town in Zeeland gets its name from the nearby river, de Korte Gos and grew rich in the 12th century by extracting salt from peat in local swamps. Despite its small size – Goes is home to just less than 30,000 people – it offers plenty to do for a weekend. The Zeeland tourism board claims that from any place in the province, you can be on the water within fifteen minutes and Goes certainly meets that promise.... More >


Ski options fall off cliff: Austrian quarantine rule

Ski options fall off cliff: Austrian quarantine rule

Austria’s health minister reportedly wants to impose 10-day quarantine restrictions on the residents of four countries including the Netherlands. This will mean, reports NOS, that Austrian ski holidays will be off limits for people who live in the Netherlands, Britain, Norway and Denmark. The quarantine rules are expected to apply to everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster injection. After five days, they will be able to take a PCR test and if negative they... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: cheese the day in Gouda

DutchNews.nl destinations: cheese the day in Gouda

‘Cheese’ is the first thing that might come to mind when you think of Gouda, but fear not if you’re lactose intolerant. The city is also famous for its pottery, stroopwafels, and smoking pipes in addition to its picturesque centre. Long before its now world-famous cheese market rolled out its curdy wheels for the first time, it was little more than a swampy marsh. The Van der Goude clan showed up in the Middle Ages to build a castle along... More >


Selfies in cemeteries: dark tourism in the Netherlands

Selfies in cemeteries: dark tourism in the Netherlands

Dark tourists on a quest for the Netherlands’ nastiest narratives raises ethical questions about the commodification of some of the country’s most solemn sites. But condemning the practice without considering its context, say some, misses the point. Amsterdammer Claudia Crobatia has visited many cemeteries, but mostly as a tourist rather than a mourner. ‘It’s the closest you can get to the mystery of death itself,’ says the death awareness coach, who founded A Course in Dying in 2016 to help... More >