Monday 21 October 2019
Public transport strike set to go ahead this week as talks stall

Public transport strike set to go ahead this week as talks stall

A strike by bus, tram and train drivers this week looks set to go ahead after trade union CNV said there was little hope of reaching a settlement before Wednesday. Most regional public transport services will be brought to a halt by the 72-hour stoppage, which is the result of a dispute over pay and conditions. Unions want a 3.5% pay rise for transport workers and measures to reduce work pressure, while the employers have offered a 2% increase and... More >


So you think you know the Netherlands? Here are 13 Dutch ‘streken’

So you think you know the Netherlands? Here are 13 Dutch ‘streken’

The Netherlands has plenty of well defined provinces, towns, cities and regions. But there is also such a thing as a streek, an area whose borders are very often much more difficult to pinpoint. Here’s a list. Achterhoek Many people only have a vague idea about the Achterhoek (literally back corner) except that its main export was a band called Normaal whose performances usually ended in total mayhem. It lies at the eastern end of the province of Gelderland, with... More >


Schiphol to crack down on drunk and dangerous passengers

Schiphol to crack down on drunk and dangerous passengers

Catering managers at Schiphol airport say they will step up moves to curb in-air drunkenness. The airport’s 2,800 catering staff have been trained to spot problem situations and intervene earlier, by refusing to serve drinks to passengers and calling ahead to warn airlines about aggressive individuals. Walter Seib of HMSHost, an organisation representing around 70% of Schiphol’s bars and restaurants, said spending on meals and drinks had grown twice as fast as the number of passengers in the past year. Seib... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Did You Spill My Coffee Edition – Week 23

DutchNews podcast – The Did You Spill My Coffee Edition – Week 23

This week’s podcast asks if Amsterdam can hold back the rampant spread of tourism in the age of Airbnb and stag weekends. We also look back at a week in which Mark Rutte’s handiness with a mop broke the internet, universities once again asked if English is taking over on campus, AD’s fishy judging panels kicked up a stink and two fallen giants of world football went through the motions in Turin. Ophef of the week Frosty reception for Leidschendam... More >


Dutchnews.nl destinations: explore 2,000 years of history in Nijmegen

Dutchnews.nl destinations: explore 2,000 years of history in Nijmegen

Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands, started life as a Roman military encampment in the 1st century BC. Esther O’Toole spent a weekend exploring. Despite its location on the Waal river, Nijmegen is not the prettiest of Dutch cities – much of it was bombed in World War II and planners in the 1960s and 70s helped finish the job. So, although the charming main square retains a sense of history and the centre is welcoming to visitors, if... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: go north to Leeuwarden

DutchNews.nl destinations: go north to Leeuwarden

It’s the capital of Friesland, in which case its name is spelt Ljouwert . The elfstedentocht starts and finishes here. It’s home to Mata Hari and Escher and the 2018 European Capital of Culture. Molly Quell has been checking out Leeuwarden. Leeuwarden is north. Like any well-integrated person in the Netherlands, I consider any place more than 20 kilometres far. So the two hour train trip (from Amsterdam) seems like an eternity. But the trek was worth it to spend... More >


The adventures of young Rembrandt; follow in his footsteps in Leiden

The adventures of young Rembrandt; follow in his footsteps in Leiden

Centuries before The Night Watch would go on to become one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Amsterdam, Rembrandt was just another struggling artist living down in Leiden. Here is Brandon Hartley’s rundown on his time in the city and various local attractions you can visit if you’d like to learn more about his early days. A stroll through the centre of Leiden can lead you past the historic Beestenmarkt, several picturesque canals, and more than a few friendly... More >


Transavia plane grounded after passengers fall ill during flight

Transavia plane grounded after passengers fall ill during flight

A Transavia plane made an emergency landing in Vienna after eight people suffered nausea and dizziness during a flight from Amsterdam to the Turkish city of Antalya. Two passengers were taken to hospital for checks after the incident on Sunday before being released, while the other six were allowed to continue their flight after being examined at the airport. Transavia has not commented on the incident other than to say that the plane was flown back to Amsterdam to be... More >


Amsterdam ferries to be tested after collision with pier leaves 13 injured

Amsterdam ferries to be tested after collision with pier leaves 13 injured

Safety experts are to carry out an examination of ferry services in Amsterdam following a collision with a pier at the weekend that left 13 people injured. Sunday’s incident happened at about 3.45pm, when a passenger ferry from Buiksloterweg hit the pontoon behind Centraal Station. None of the victims was seriously hurt but two were examined in hospital, one for a broken wrist and another because she was pregnant. The city’s public transport authority GVB said the collision may have been... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: exploring the shores of Ameland

DutchNews.nl destinations: exploring the shores of Ameland

Whether you’re in search of nature, cosy inns, history, kitsch, or just a few good meals, you can find all of them on the Wadden Sea island of Ameland. Brandon Hartley recently visited the often overlooked island. Ameland is sort of like a kid sister to its more popular southern siblings. Texel and Terschelling tend to hog all the attention but there’s plenty to do and explore along its shores and further inland. Centuries ago, Ameland stood apart from the... More >


Man dies in crash after stones fall on A58 motorway

Man dies in crash after stones fall on A58 motorway

A man has died and another is seriously injured after several lumps of stone fell onto a motorway in Noord-Brabant. The A58 was closed at Moergestel, near Roosendaal, as police dealt with the aftermath of the accident, which happened in the early hours of Monday. The 60-year-old victim died at the scene while a 55-year-old man was seriously hurt, AD reported. Police believe the debris fell from a van or lorry and are trying to trace the driver, who may... 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 >


Minister denies claims of discrimination against elderly drivers

Minister denies claims of discrimination against elderly drivers

Infrastructure minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen has rejected claims that police discriminated against elderly motorists by suspending their driving licences. In the last three years 229 drivers over the age of 70 had their licences confiscated because police suspected they had medical conditions that made them unfit to drive, NOS reported at the weekend. Subsequent tests showed they were in suitable health, but some had to wait up to seven months to get their licences back. CDA MP Maurits von Martels... More >


Mystery as petrol station roof collapses on A58 in Zeeland

Mystery as petrol station roof collapses on A58 in Zeeland

An investigation has been launched after the roof of a petrol station roof collapsed in the middle of the night. Police said nobody was hurt and there was no sign of a collision at the Total garage on the A58 between ‘s-Heerenhoek and Arnemuiden in the early hours of Tuesday. Emergency services were called to the scene just after 2am and found the roof had collapsed in the middle and landed on the petrol pumps and kiosk. The fire service... More >



Government wants tourists to venture beyond Amsterdam

Government wants tourists to venture beyond Amsterdam

The Dutch government has pledged to try to relieve pressure on tourist hotspots such as Amsterdam following an 11% increase in visitor numbers over the last six years. Economic affairs minister Mona Keijzer said she wanted to ‘encourage visitors to go to less well-known parts of the country’ in order to spread the burden and create jobs in the provinces. In a letter to MPs, she said she wanted to work with provincial administrations to ensure that tourists ‘can enjoy... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: explore Leiden’s canals without the tourist hustle

DutchNews.nl destinations: explore Leiden’s canals without the tourist hustle

Once considered a broken down, blue-collar burg, Leiden has shed this reputation in recent years to become a sort of ‘mini Amsterdam’. Brandon Hartley shares a glimpse at one of the most often overlooked cities in the Randstad. At first glance, it might be easy to mistake the canals of Leiden for those in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district. They’re lined with picturesque houses, arched bridges, and the occasional house cat snoozing in the sun. While the city lacks the world famous... More >


Yellow alert as icy roads cause rush-hour tailbacks

Yellow alert as icy roads cause rush-hour tailbacks

Icy conditions disrupted traffic in the Monday morning rush-hour following overnight snow and sub-zero temperatures. A yellow alert was issued for the entire country apart from Zeeland as wet roads turned to ice in the early hours. The worst conditions were in Gelderland and Overijssel, where several accidents caused delays on the A28 and A50 motorways. A minibus overturned on the A28 between ‘t Harde and Harderwijk, on the eastbound carriageway heading towards Amersfoort, after skidding on ice. The ANWB... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: getting windblown in winter on Texel

DutchNews.nl destinations: getting windblown in winter on Texel

In the winter, a wander along a blustery Texel beach is a popular way to blow the cobwebs away – lekker uitwaaien, as the Dutch would say. Robin Pascoe visited the biggest of the Wadden Sea islands. Just a few minutes by ferry from the navy town of Den Helder, Texel’s regular population of over 13,000 is constantly inflated by a steady stream of holidaymakers all year round, mainly from the Netherlands and Germany. Texel is a something for everyone... More >