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The Afsluitdijk Wadden Center is a museum and a visitor center in Kornwerderzand, a settlement on the Afsluitdijk causeway in the northern Netherlands…
Rich with fauna and flora, nature-lovers can walk across the sea at this UNESCO World Heritage spot.
Source: The Wadden Sea
archatlas: Stijn Poelstra’s Photographs the Schröder House Photographer Stijn Poelstra has captured the abstract proportions and primary colours of a Gerrit Rietveld-designed Schröder House in Utrecht. Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, the house in the Netherlands was designed by the Dutch furniture designer and architect in 1924. Rietveld was part of the De Stijl art movement pioneered by abstract artists Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Their work was characterised by a rigid geometry of horizontal and vertical lines using a limited palette of black, white, yellow, red and blue.
Source: THE KHOOLL
Cosmopolitan Curacao is a melting pot with a pastel-painted capital city that last year celebrated 20 years as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Almost every Viking River Cruise to or from Amsterdam includes a half-day visit to the tiny windmill village of Kinderdijk, Netherlands.
Read more from source: Viking River Cruise to Kinderdijk and Village of Windmills
There are some pretty breathtaking castles in the Netherlands that you shouldn’t miss out on! Here is a quick guide to 8 of the most beautiful castles that Holland has to offer.
#1 De Haar Castle, Utrecht
De Haar Castle in Utrecht is considered to be the most luxurious castle in the Netherlands. Dating all the way back to 1391, the castle grounds cover more than 135 acres of land. Even though many of the original gardens were destroyed during World War II, today they have been restored back to their former glory. Multiple beautiful lakes and charming bridges can be found scattered across the castle’s grounds. However, the highlight of the garden remains the remarkable maze. The castle also functions as a site to multiple festivals and events. The most exciting (and dorky) is the Elf Fantasy Fair, where participants get to dress up as magical creatures and party all night long.
#2 Muiderslot Castle, Muiden
The Muiderslot Castle in Muiden is a medieval castle built in 1370.
Read more from source: A Guide to 7 Breathtaking Castles in the Netherlands – DutchReview
Make the most of your time in Amsterdam and the surrounding area with the I amsterdam City Card. With free entry or a significant discount to top museums and attractions for the duration of your stay, the I amsterdam City Card is the perfect way to experience the Amsterdam Area.
Take a short trip out of Amsterdam city centre and you’ll be rewarded tenfold – whether it’s admiring a vista of magnificent windmills, exploring Golden Age art or shopping in Haarlem, cycling through endless fields of colourful flowers or discovering Dutch traditions. And there’s no better way to do all this – and save money – than by buying an I amsterdam City Card, which allows you to visit as many attractions as you want so you can truly experience Amsterdam and the surrounding area. Simply order your card online and pick it up when you arrive in the Netherlands.
Here’s our selection of 10 unmissable highlights in the Amsterdam Area you can access with your City Card:
Natural history galore
Read more from source: Top 10 things to do using the I amsterdam City Card | I amsterdam
The drive into the capital of Curaçao, the Dutch Caribbean outpost that is the “C” in the ABC islands, allows you to pass by the usual colorful…
Read more from source: Distinction Travel: The two sides of Curaçao
Ice skaters glide over Amsterdam’s frozen canals during Europe’s big freeze; Olivia Heath; House Beautiful
The beautiful canals in Amsterdam have frozen.
Dana Vento was in port at Willemstad, Curacoa for the full day from 7 AM in the morning until 11 PM, so she had plenty of time to explore and enjoy the area. The ship pulls into Willemstad and that is…
If there’s one building type that defines Holland more than any other, it’s the windmill. But for Peter Paul Klapwijk, the iconic Dutch structure functions as much more than a wind-generated water pump. It’s the place he and his family call home.
Royal Dutch Mint showcases a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Defence Line of Amsterdam; Mick Woodgate; AgAuNews
The Stelling van Amsterdam (Defence Line of Amsterdam) is a complete ring of fortifications extending more than 135 km around the city of Amsterdam and is the only example of a fortification based on the principle of controlling local water bodies. Built between 1883 and 1920, a ring of 45 forts, along with dikes, sluices and canals, was designed to repel and protect against a land invasion by another European power.
Spread apart in a ring, with distances not exceeding 3.5 km between them, the forts used a combination of firepower and selective flooding for defence. It was all for naught however, as the advent of airpower after the First World War made fortifications like these obsolete. Decommissioned in 1963, the fort network never saw combat service.
Summer is a short period of time in the Netherlands and with the sunnier days being long gone (as you would expect from the Dutch weather), it’s getting harder and harder to find reasons (other than boring ones such as working and studying) to go out and endure the chilly weather. But don’t mourn for the summer festivals! There is still hope!
A Winter Festival You Don’t Wanna Miss!
Blijdorp Winterfestival is a house, techno and hip hop festival in Rotterdam it will turn The Van Nelle Factory (a national monument) into a funky land of discovery for you, with stages inside and outside this historical UNESCO World Heritage Site venue.
Where is Blijdorp Winter Festival?
As we mentioned before, the event will turn the monumental Van Nelle Factory into a fun and mysterious festival ground.
Willemstad is the capital city of Curacao.
What Are Those Famous Dutch Windmills Actually Used For? Mystery Solved; Wajeeha; Wonderful Engineering
We all know that these huge windmills featuring lattice-shaped blades were not powering up the neighbourhood. But then, why were these wind farms used?
The windmills at Kinderdijk were built in the mid-1700s as a way to clear water from the low-lying landscape of the western Netherlands.
The tidal flats of the Dutch Wadden Sea run a very real risk of becoming permanently submerged because of sea level rises and subsidence caused by gas and salt extraction, a report by the region’s lobby group Waddenvereniging shows. It is unlikely that the process of sedimentation – or bringing in new sand and mud – will keep up with the rising sea levels and the Wadden Sea eco system may be a thing of the past by the end of this century, the report says. The Wadden Sea stretches from Den Helder to Denmark and is a Unesco world heritage site. The area is an important breeding and overwintering ground for birds and has a rich fauna and flora while the Wadden Sea islands are popular Dutch holiday destinations.