Dutch expressions can really be an eye-opener for people unfamiliar with Dutch culture. Dutch life is simple and straightforward. To foreigners this ‘proper’ way to live might come across as boring and stingy. But these seemingly unkind Dutch morals have a background: they have evolved out of the Calvinist history of The Netherlands, where work [...]
Jenever is Holland’s national spirit since the 17th century. It is said Dutch people have the same amount of words for jenever, as the Eskimos have for snow. English speakers however will know the lovely spirit by the name of Dutch gin.
Want to know more? Here are 10 facts about Dutch jenever [...]
Amsterdam Queen’s day in 2013 will be a special Queen’s Day. On 30 April 2013, Queen Beatrix steps down as Queen of The Netherlands. The Amsterdam Queen’s Day parties are set to go as usual in 2013. [...]
Holland is famous all over the world for some of the weirdest facts. Not all of the crazy facts are true however.
Here are some of the myths about Amsterdam that are popular.
Find out if they are true or not in this list of Myths about Holland.
1. Prostitution is legal in Holland
A good way to prepare yourself for a holiday to Amsterdam, is to see a film. Thanks to internet, you have the chance to watch some Dutch films, films about Amsterdam or movies set in Amsterdam.
Dutch films are famous for exposing a lot of nude. A minimum of explicit sex scenes are a must. [...]
In October and November, the leaves fall and Amsterdam changes colours. The brightness of summer makes way for the warm and cosy reds and browns. What to do in Amsterdam for your autumn holiday to Amsterdam? Here are 10 things to do in Amsterdam in autumn. 1. Drink Herfstbok Bokbier, Bock or Bock Beer [...]
Dutch elections 2012 are on September 12, 2012. Here are 10 things you need to know about Dutch elections. 1. Dutch elections concern the seats in the House of Representative National elections in The Netherlands means Dutch people will choose a candidate to sit in the House of Representatives of the States-General (in Dutch [...]
Beer from Amsterdam has a long history. From the Middle Ages until now, Amsterdam people have always loved the golden grain juice. In fact, they drink beer, like we drink water. Heineken is Holland’s most famous beer brand. Its aggressive marketing strategy crushed all of Amsterdam’s local beer brewers. Luckily, in recent years, more and [...]
It’s that time again: crazy hats, funny accessories and orange t-shirts appear in the street of Amsterdam. Holland is getting ready for the orange football craze that accompanies the European Football Championship 2012. 10 facts you need to know when you are visiting Amsterdam during these crazy times. 1. Orange fever In Holland we [...]
Dutch fast food chain Febo sells fast food in a unique way: it keeps its products warm in small compartments of a vending machine. All you do is put coins into the automat and open the door to your tasty snack. No waiting in line, no waiting until your order is ready, Febo is the [...]
Finding a flat in Amsterdam is not the easiest thing. Most houses in Amsterdam (some 50%, 200.000 Amsterdam apartments) are social rentals. As a newly arrived foreigner it’s difficult, if not impossible to make your way into this social system. Here is a list of 6 different ways to finding a flat in Amsterdam. We [...]
Dutch women find Dutch guys dull, so as a foreigner you might stand a good chance to start dating one of these tall, independent women. Though you have to careful, because like their male counterparts, Dutch women just as easily bond with a man without ever becoming his lover. Relations between men and women in [...]