Going Dutch

By Christel van der Boom | All about The Netherlands.

The Giant Of Rotterdam

A statue of the second tallest Dutchman in history.<p>Rigardus Rijnhout required about five times as much food as most men. His poor family struggled to …

Atlas Obscura

The Netherlands has become the world’s 2nd biggest food exporter

7 Ways to Have Fun at Maker Faire Eindhoven

In the south Netherlands lies the city of Eindhoven, which has grown exponentially (about 100X) in the past couple hundred years due to industrialization and has become a lively bustling metropolis full of creativity and innovation. In 2014, Eindhoven hosted its very first Mini Maker Faire, an …

Maker Faire

Why the Netherlands—Beyond Amsterdam—Is the Perfect Fall Destination for Design Lovers

This nation’s capital is a well-worn favorite—and for good reason—but its greatest treasures might be farther afield<p>While Amsterdam is the obvious choice for travelers to the Netherlands, there is so much more on offer in the country beyond its worldly capital. Don’t get us wrong, Amsterdam is …

Europe

The biggest bike-parking facility in the world is about to open in Utrecht

This Dutch city is determined to become the best place in the world in which to own a bicycle. The city of Utrecht, fifty kilometres south of Amsterdam, is about to open the biggest cycle-parking facility in the world, which will eventually have room for 13,500 bikes.<p>Utrecht has been transforming …

Cycling

You Can Now View Famous Works of Art at Amsterdam's Airport

Get your culture fix without leaving the airport.<p>In an effort to make international air travel feel less rushed and stressful, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport has just unveiled a special exhibition space featuring famous pieces of Dutch artwork, according to Lonely Planet.<p>The mini-museum is part of …

Europe

‘Loving Vincent’ Recasts Van Gogh As a Rational Man

New hand-painted animated film ‘Loving Vincent’ is one of several new works reevaluating Van Gogh’s mental health<p>Ever since Kirk Douglas sliced off an ear in the 1956 Hollywood biopic “Lust for Life,” Vincent van Gogh has had a grip on the popular imagination, portrayed on screen, stage and in song …

Artists

Ad of the Day: Scotch Soda explores the array of ‘other’ Amsterdams around the globe

Dutch fashion label Scotch & Soda is paying homage to the free-thinking nature of its Amsterdam birthplace in its latest film, which explores the …

Arctic Ocean

Holland has solved this problem; why can't the US?

<b>Amsterdam (CNN) —</b> A dozen years ago, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, I was out of the country, watching the wrenching images from Amsterdam, a city that sits almost seven feet below sea level, in a country that has endured more than its share of death and destruction from raging …

Climate Change

18 Surprising Facts About The Netherlands

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Europe

World's biggest bike parking garage opens in Utrecht – but Dutch dream of more

Space under train station in Utrecht, where 40% of visitors arrive on two wheels, will eventually have room for 12,500 bikes<p>In any other country, the opening of what will become the world’s largest bicycle parking garage – with space for 6,000 cycles initially, and another 6,500 by the end of next …

Cycling

A Minimal & Modern Dutch Home With Killer Downtown Views

<b>Name:</b> Con and Miep <b><br>Location:</b> Eindhoven, the Netherlands <b><br>Size:</b> 1,614 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> 13 years, owned<p>When Con and Miep got married thirteen …

Netherlands

Former bank transformed into swoon-worthy office in Rotterdam

Studio Tomorrow designed the Rotterdam office for financial tech firm Bridgevest<p>We are no strangers to gorgeous office renovations, especially high-design coworking spaces like WeWork’s Shanghai flagship and these seductive Scandinavian ones.<p>But this office for Dutch financial tech firm Bridgevest …

Architecture

Amsterdam Fights Back Against Rogue Bike Shares

Too many rental bikes are clogging up much-needed parking space, city hall says. But what’s the plan?<p>Even Amsterdam can get sick of bikes, it seems. The Dutch capital may have a reputation as the world’s most bike-friendly city, but this week it launched a campaign to get a major group of …

Cities

RBS Investment Bank Income Jumps, Amsterdam Picked as EU Hub

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For one month only, you can call these quirky Amsterdam art installations home

Those on the lookout for something a little different when it comes to accommodation should make their way to the Netherlands this month. UrbanCampsite Amsterdam is “a travelling campsite where camping and art meet.” For the month of August, the site’s fully-furnished art installations will be …

Lonely Planet

Utrecht introduces ‘smart’ cycle paths that help riders hit green lights

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands has introduced a new system on its Amsterdamsestraatweg cycle path which the creators hope will help increase the number of green lights that cyclists hit, limiting their time waiting for traffic lights to change.<p>The new system, which is called Flo and has …

Cycling

Japan's biggest bank 'set to move investment operations from London to Amsterdam' because of Brexit

Japan’s biggest bank is reportedly set to move its European investment operations from London to Amsterdam because of the uncertainty posed by Brexit.<p>…

Brexit

Diesel prices in Europe rise after Rotterdam refinery blaze

Diesel prices in Europe jumped to their highest level in five months after a weekend fire at the continent’s largest refinery sent traders scrambling …

Oil

Incredible Castles in the Netherlands You Can Stay In

Ever dreamt of waking up in a castle? We've got you covered with the following guide to palatial accommodation in the Netherlands.

Travel

The Coolest Neighbourhoods in The Hague

Finding relaxed, fun or scenic spots in The Hague is exceptionally easy thanks to the wide range of awesome cultural attractions and landmarks …

Europe

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 …

Cities

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 …