Going Dutch

By Christel van der Boom | All about The Netherlands.

Eindhoven unveils plans for a solar-powered city block with living roofs and urban farms

The Dutch city of Eindhoven just selected MVRDV and SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels) to create Nieuw Bergen – a super green block of homes and businesses …

Netherlands

Made in Amsterdam: dissecting Dutch creativity

It’s pretty well documented that Amsterdam has changed a lot in recent years. You’d have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to have noticed the …

Europe

This visualization shows Airbnb spreading like a virus in Amsterdam

Since the launch of Airbnb, the city of Amsterdam has pretty much flip-flopped on its position towards the home sharing platform and the so-called sharing economy. This shocking visualization makes it very clear why.<p>The Silicon Valley unicorn was welcomed with open arms when it started its Dutch …

Airbnb

Studio Elmo Vermijs designs tiny houses for the homeless in the Netherlands

Based on the concept of Skaeve Huse<p>Tiny house villages and communities for the homeless and other vulnerable groups are cropping up all over the United States—and elsewhere, too.<p>One such community is located on the outskirts of the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The Trudo Housing Corporation enlisted …

Architecture

Dutch prisoners given cold-case calendars in hope of solving crimes

Police received 160 tipoffs after trial run of calendars featuring unsolved murders<p>Prisoners across the Netherlands are to be issued with calendars for their cells featuring unsolved murders or disappearances as part of a drive by the Dutch police to crack unsolved cases.<p>The so-called cold case …

Crime

Story of cities #30: how this Amsterdam inventor gave bike-sharing to the world

In the 1960s, Luud Schimmelpennink devised the ‘white bike’ plan to counter the rise of pollution and cars. His invention has revolutionised public transport all over the world – so why has his cycle-loving home city never embraced it?<p>Read more articles in the series here<p>Take an old bicycle. Paint …

Beach resort hit by seven foot wave as mini tsunami strikes the Netherlands

A mini tsunami hit the coast of The Netherlands this week – dragging parasols, sunbeds and even boats, into the water.<p>Holidaymakers were caught off …

Sleeping and sliding in the Rijksmuseum

Have you dreamt about spending the night in a museum since reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a kid? Stefan Kasper of …

Art

Solar-powered Villa Schoorl blends into Holland’s polder landscape

Natural materials and sustainable principles led the design of Villa Schoorl, a contemporary home nestled in the green polders near the North Holland …

Delicious drives in the Netherlands: Willemstad to Middelburg, via Domburg

On my second day of exploration with Hertz, it was time to explore Zeeland. It’s a place that is practically impossible to explore with public …

Dutch King Willem-Alexander reveals secret flights as co-pilot

<b>For 21 years, the king of the Netherlands has flown twice a month as co-pilot while his passengers were in the dark, he has told a Dutch newspaper.</b><p>Willem-Alexander acceded to the throne in 2013 but his other role, in the cockpit, has continued.<p>"I find flying simply fantastic," he told De Telegraaf …

Aviation

Dutch student's algorithm detects Twitter account hacks

A University of Twente student says she has developed an algorithm that can help Twitter and Facebook determine if an account on the social media …

Social Media

Dutch court rules 12-year-old boy can refuse chemotherapy

A 12-year-old boy from North Holland with cancer has the right to refuse chemotherapy, a Dutch court ruled on Friday.<p>David, who was operated on for a brain tumour last year, does not have to undergo further follow-up chemotherapy, according to a legal judgement.<p>His tumour was successfully removed …

Netherlands

Forget Disney: here's why Efteling is Europe's best theme park for young kids

You may not have heard of it, but Efteling, in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, is one of our family travel experts’ favourite theme parks in Europe. Well-priced and perfect for young children, it offers a surprisingly classy amusement park experience.<p><b>Best for:</b> Make-believers; those with a love for the …

Europe

A bicycle tour through Amsterdam

The best way to experience Amsterdam like a local is on a bicycle. Visitors can ride past the most important sights in the Dutch capital.<p>You can find …

Amsterdam

Make Yourself at Home on One of These Modern Houseboats That You Can Rent

If you're eager to put your sea legs to good use, but don’t want the work of setting sail, then consider camping out on one of these modern houseboats.

5 Things That Parents Can Learn From The Happiest Kids in the World

The authors of The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less reveal the secrets of the world's happiest children.<p>In UNICEF's most recent table of well-being the Netherlands came out on top out of 29 industrialized counties. The USA ranked towards …

Netherlands testing ‘self-healing’ roads that fix their own potholes

Small steel fibers in the roadway can be charged and heated to re-melt the bitumen binding the surface together, filling small cracks<p>Potholes are a scourge on modern cities. Annoying and dangerous to drivers as well as expensive to fix, potholes have lately prompted towns to return to gravel roads …

Engineering

These Helpful Kiosks Tell You How Fast To Bike To Make The Next Light

In Utrecht, the Flo kiosks are saving lives by making sure cyclists get through dangerous intersections with plenty of time before the light changes.<p>In the Dutch city of Utrecht, local policy favors bicycles over cars. On “bicycle streets,” bikes have priority, and cars are “guests.” For many …

Cycling

Dutch scientists concerned about increasing flood risk along coasts

The risk of large foods on coasts across the world will grow rapidly in the coming decades, according to researchers from Delft water management …

Climate Change

New Van Gogh bus service for art-lovers between Amsterdam and Brabant

A weekly bus service will take art lovers between the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Van Gogh Brabant. Coinciding with the return of the two stolen paintings from the Van Gogh Museum– Seascape at Scheveningen from 1882 and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen from 1883/84 – the two …

Artists

Lazy Sundays in one of Amsterdam's great record shops

‘At Concerto you accidentally find records in the same way that John Peel used to present his radio show,’ says techno DJ Dave Clarke<p>On Sundays I try to go to Concerto, a record shop that opened long before I was born. It’s become a ritual for me after the busy week of DJ’ing and travelling all …

Netflix opens EU customer service hub in Amsterdam and commits to creating 400 new jobs

Netflix has opened a new European customer service hub in Amsterdam, as the video-streaming giant commits to employing more than 400 people by the end of 2018.<p>The new customer service base will employ 170 people at first, but the company said it plans to grow this number to 345 by end of the year …

Europe

Pictures From King’s Day, Amsterdam’s Craziest Party

A sea of orange took over Amsterdam on Thursday as the city’s population doubled for the biggest party of the year. This weekend was Koningsdag or King’s day in Amsterdam, and to say that it looks like it was a crazy, debaucherous time would be an understatement. Amsterdam is known as a place to …

Europe

These Are The Best Parties On Kingsday 2017! » Wander-Lust

This needs a little introduction. If you’re not Dutch and you are visiting our country on the 26th/27th of April, you’re in for a treat.. <b><br>Kingsday</b> <b>2017</b> …

Europe

Is Amsterdam the World’s New Culinary Capital?

Chefs are playing with their food here, and diners are eating it up…<p><b>Amsterdam’s au courant culinary scene has the makings of a dynamic …

This Magic Dutch Traffic Light Helps Bicyclists Avoid Stopping

The “Flo” system uses cute creatures to tell cyclists to speed up or slow down to catch a green light.<p>Red lights are the momentum-sucking bane of any bicyclist—they add time to the trip and kill your physical efficiency (just ask a physicist!). But thanks to some weird, animal-based technology in …