The Dutch are known to speak foreign languages. You don’t need to speak Dutch when visiting Holland, you can get by in other languages as well. The vast majority of Dutch people speak English, while two-thirds speak German. French is the third foreign language and, though less widely spoken, is still known by more than […]
There is one true media city in Holland: Hilversum. This place, not far from Amsterdam, is home to many tv stations. From the beginning of Dutch television, Hilversum was in the picture. Hilversum is also the place where you find the Sound and Vision Experience, a modern museum about the Dutch audiovisual history.
In the beginning of the 20th century the radio gave new possibilities for communication. For radio broadcasts you needed a quiet place though and in crowded Holland this was found on the Veluwe, in Kootwijk. Satellite technology put an end to the needs met by the natural surroundings in and around Kootwijk, and since 1998 […]
Violin player Andre Rieu has become famous around the world by performing classical music with a huge orchestra, lots of theatrical elements and interactions with the audience. No sitting still in your suit or evening dress, but singing and dancing along with the most popular and easy classical music. Despite many people criticizing him for […]
The sphere is unique in Holland’s most famous popstage/music venue in a former church in Amsterdam: small, intimate, warm. With the audience very close to the artists, this pop temple is popular for its unique cosy atmosphere, and not just with audiences: many great artists have performed here including Lady Gaga, Prince Rolling Stones, Guns […]
WWI In countries surrounding Holland, 11 November is the date that World War I is commemorated. Not so in Holland. Why? Well, the reason is simple really: Holland was neutral during World War I.
In most Dutch homes, you will always find fresh flowers! Flowers are cheaper in Holland than in many other countries. This is partly because of the reduced VAT rates, but mostly because of Holland being the biggest producer of flowers and bulbs in the world. Since transportation is expensive and complex, there is a considerable […]
Holland is known for being very organised. From inner cities, new living areas outside the centre, forests, completely new cities, dikes, rivers, nature: the Dutch control everything, nothing is left to chance. The extreme planning took off after WW II, when the national government indicated which areas were to be used for which purpose, and […]
Westerbork is a small village in the north (Drenthe) known for is transit camp during WWII, where among other Jewish refugees Anne Frank passed. Of the 107,000 Jews who stopped there in transit, only 5000 survived . Today, the transit camp is partly used as for a space observation telescope but you can also find […]
Liquorice (‘drop’) is the black, typically Dutch candy (although you can also get it in Scandinavia). You have a salted version and a sweet variety. The salted drop is quite an acquired taste, and many a foreigner expecting a sweet candy has found himself in a situation where spitting out the candy may seem rude, […]