Dutch culture

Christmas in Amsterdam

Christmas in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, the spirit of Christmas enters after the traditional Dutch feast of Saint Nicolas (Sinterklaas). Colourful lamps light up the streets and canals of Amsterdam, big departments stores such as Bijenkorf (Dam Square) put up their impressive Christmas decoration. Christmas markets in Amsterdam […]


10 Things to do in Autumn

Dutch oliebol street stand

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 […]


10 Facts about Dutch beer

Beer kettle

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 […]


How to swear in Dutch

Against Dutch swearing

If you drive a bicycle in Amsterdam, you’ve probably been called some bad names in Dutch, without even knowing it.
If you are curious what Dutch swear words mean and how to swear in Dutch, you can check out this list of 10 Dutch swear words. […]


Biking in Amsterdam

Street photographer Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken photography

Until 16 September 2014 the Amsterdam City Archives put on display the work of famous Amsterdam street photographer Ed van der Elsken. His photos of Amsterdam in the fifties and sixties capture a moment in a very special time… […]


10 Dutch expressions

Dutch expression on facade

Expressions in Dutch reflect the Dutch ‘qualities’ of sobriety. The best way to understand Dutch culture is by learning some of its favourite proverbs.

Here are 10 well known Dutch expressions.
Bezoek en vis blijven 3 dagen fris – Visitors and fish stay fresh for 3 days. Hospitality is not really a famous Dutch trait. […]


10 Facts about Dutch gin

Dutch gin

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 […]


6 Myths

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

True. […]


Movies about Amsterdam

Turkish Delight

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. […]


Dutch elections 2012

verkiezingen 2012

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 […]


Orange football craze

Orange craze Euro 2012

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 […]


Fast Food Febo

FEBO Amsterdam

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 […]


Queen’s Day 2013

King and Queen of Holland

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. […]


Finding a flat in Amsterdam

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

Arie Boomsma

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 […]


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