Going Dutch

By Christel van der Boom | All about The Netherlands.

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 …

Netherlands

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 | Euromaxx extra tour | DW.COM | 02.05.2017

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 …

Cycling

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.<p>Modern Houseboat in Berlin<p>Java Island in Amsterdam<p>Parisien Péniche

Hotels

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 …

Parenting

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 …

Vinyl Records

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 …

Customer Service

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

Netherlands marks king's 50th birthday

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands marked the 50th birthday of King Willem-Alexander on Thursday with orange-clad citizens holding parties …

These Are 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?

<b>Amsterdam’s au courant culinary scene has the makings of a dynamic renaissance.</b><p>Amsterdam’s Moon restaurant opened in the spring of 2016, and the …

Restaurants

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 …

Utrecht

Buildings Get the Mondrian Treatment in the Netherlands

Studio VZ dresses The Hague in the artist's iconic red, blue, and yellow rectangles.<p>Recognized as one of the modern masters of the Netherlands-based <i>De Stijl</i> movement, Piet Mondrian pioneered clean, abstract design hallmarked by a sharp, resonant grid of red, blue, and yellow blocks. The Mondrian …

Architecture

Broadband access: Netherlands wins but there are surprising losers in EU rankings

The European Commission's annual report on the tech health of EU states is out, showing some clear winners and some surprising laggards.<p>Demand for …

City envy: we want an avocado café like Amsterdam

Food fashion moves fast, but the humble avocado has been dominating Insta trends for years now. Is its moment in the spotlight about to come to a …

Avocado

A New Van Gogh Exhibit Takes You Through the Changing Seasons

If you’re living down under, get over to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the largest collection of van Gogh paintings to ever travel to Australia.<p>As any van Gogh enthusiast will tell you, the 19th century post impressionist has a serious infatuation with the changing seasons. From Spring's …

Art History

Easter at Villa Augustus in the Netherlands

Located on the grounds of a 19th century Dutch water tower, Villa Augustus offers a year-round bounty of color, in its vibrant flowers, lush gardens, …

Water

Amsterdam's solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep

The city is successfully fighting fat by promoting tap water in its schools, along with healthy cooking classes and a ban on fast food sponsorship<p>The city of Amsterdam is leading the world in ending the obesity epidemic, thanks to a radical and wide-reaching programme which is getting results even …

Go Dutch: What Americans Can Learn From Children in the Netherlands

When Rina Mae Acosta, originally from California, fell in love with a Dutch man, they got married and moved to the Netherlands. At first she wasn't sure what to make of the new culture. But as soon as she became a parent, she was struck by the richness of Dutch family life — by how independent, …

Parenting

Spring weekend breaks: 15 reasons to visit Utrecht right now

<b>Let’s face it, Utrecht hardly sounds like an attractive destination – the word is like something urban, industrial and grimy.</b><p>But I couldn’t have been …

Beyond Amsterdam canal houses with photographer Jan Arsenovic

Several years ago, I fell asleep on a plane to Amsterdam. When I woke up, I was already living there and a postman wanted to give me a <i>“pakketje voor</i> …

Europe

Google Netherlands wants to control the weather

We have Google to thank for plenty of the innovative technology that we rely on today. But Google as a company is always pushing forward, testing the boundaries of what we can use technology to do next.<p>In that spirit, Google in the Netherlands has announced a new project called Google Wind where …

Google

NEXT architects' utrecht bridge allows cyclists to bike over the roof of school

NEXT architects' utrecht bridge allows cyclists to bike over the roof of school<p>a multi-use bicycle bridge spanning 110 meters across the …