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What can you say about our beautiful little country? That we love windmills, Delft Blue, cheese and tulips? Or that we are proud of our flourishing cities, canals and old buildings, architectural delights, the characteristic polder landscape and the Delta Works, our sophisticated armaments against the North Sea? Because the Netherlands is so much more than the preconceived image that many tourists will have of our country!

The real Dutch city feeling

Amsterdam continues to be a huge draw for people all over the world. Many even think that Amsterdam is just the Netherlands! We also have a reputation to uphold when it comes to freedom and happiness. Weed and the Red Light District, they will always remain part of our capital. But what about the beautiful buildings, the endless canals and trendy nightlife areas? There is always something happening here, day and night. Don't forget to discover the cool city of Rotterdam with its literal highlights. The skyline of Rotterdam is known as the most beautiful in the Netherlands for a reason. And then we have The Hague, where all politics is gathered, and Utrecht with its friendly and student-like atmosphere. Groningen and Leeuwarden uphold the honor in the north, while Burgundian Maastricht and cities like Eindhoven keep the 'soft gee' in their mouths.

Country with character

Of course you think: the Netherlands is as flat as a dime, so what on earth does that country have to offer in terms of nature? Enough! Long beaches on the west coast with super cool beach bars, the quiet Wadden Islands in the north, the inland forests near the Veluwe and the Betuwe and the various rivers that meander through the Netherlands. Each province has its own character, atmosphere and typical day trips. Our little Netherlands is a country to be proud of!

Living on a boat | Two weeks?!

Mother's Day visit planned, super relaxed atmosphere and a working solar panel. Little things make it very beautiful. With my eyes half closed, I look into the bright sun and hoist a fender onto the deck. We are sailing again. After three...

Living on a boat | Would you do that?!

'What about the winters? It's cold on the water!' I smile. 'Yes stone cold. Soon we'll freeze to death, or worse...' I move closer to her as if I'm about to tell a big secret and continue...

Living on a boat | This is Shem de Labric

'Living? In that little boat? And what about the winters? It's cold on the water!' Besides my mother, I only told a few people about it. I didn't even say anything to colleagues. Not necessarily because of the comments...

Celebration Gouda 750 around the water | 200 historic ships

TRAVEL NEWS (press release) – June 30, 2022: Its location on the Hollandse IJssel and the Gouwe brought Gouda a lot of prosperity in the Middle Ages. Gouda is celebrating 750 years of city rights this year and is therefore putting extra water in the...

The three best places to cycle in the Netherlands

It's spring in the Netherlands and that's why it's time to get the bike out of the shed again! Did you know that there are almost 35.000 kilometers of bicycle paths in the Netherlands? It is therefore extremely bicycle-friendly. Time to make you...

Tulip route Goeree Overflakkee - The Orange Backpack

5 original ways to discover the Netherlands

As world travelers we like to discover the whole world and we prefer to visit special cultures and destinations on distant continents. But in corona times we all had to rediscover our own country and that...

Luxury holiday parks in our own country

In the past two years, covid-19 has more or less forced many Dutch people to go on holiday in their own country. But is that bad? Not at all! There are countless luxury holiday parks in the Netherlands...

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