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Travelling is more than sightseeing only, it is also learning, getting to know the real live and challenges of the locals and the country. The Dutchman creates behind the scenes experiences. The compactness of the Netherlands allows exciting tailor-made excursions. Let me share with you places I visited and fall in love with.

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Matthijs Maris now at the Rijksmuseum until January 2018

Amsterdam, November 2017… Every season there are various temporary expositions in the Rijksmuseum. The one about Matthijs Maris (1839 – 1917) I am especially excited about. His eccentric lifestyle and his peculiar paintings made a great inspiration for young artists, including Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition Matthijs Maris tells the story of this romantic bohemia…

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Hunting lodge Sint Hubertus: art and architecture in our beautiful National Park De Hoge Veluwe

Otterlo, October 2017… I must admit, I know the work of our famous architect Berlage (1856 – 1934), but I was amazed about his vision and design of the Hunting lodge Sint Hubertus. The lodge was the former residence of the Kröller-Müllers and one of the most iconic buildings in the Netherlands. It was inspired…

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Kröller-Müller Museum: unique in every season

Otterlo, October 2017… It is always a pleasure for me to visit the beautiful countryside of Otterlo where you will find the Kröller-Müller Museum. Just a one hour drive from Amsterdam and you won’t regret it. The Kröller-Müller Museum has the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world: almost 90 paintings and over 180…

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The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium: the oldest working orrery in the world

Franeker, October 2017… This weekend I visited friends in Franeker, a city in the province Frisia in the northern part of The Netherland. An excellent opportunity to go and have a look at The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium, an 18th-century orrery in Franeker, built from 1774 to 1781. Although Eisinga was moderately gifted, he published…

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Dutch Masters from the Hermitage back in Amsterdam till May 27, 2018

Amsterdam, October 2017… A truly unique and once in a lifetime exposition of no less than 63 of the Dutch Golden Age painting collection of the State Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, are now on display in Amsterdam. Spectacular treasures, including world-famous masterpieces like Rembrandt’s ‘Flora and Young Woman with Earrings’, one of Frans Hals’…

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Step back in time at the Zaanse Schans

Koog aan de Zaan, April 2017… Many clients are looking for ‘off the beaten path’ experiences, avoiding the crowd and visits that make them feel special. But they still want to see the international famed icons of our country. The perfect match I find is the 18th century Zaanse Schans windmill village, just 20 minutes’…

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See, make and say cheese

Amsterdam, April 2017… It’s that time of the year again. Many outdoor activities are taking place. From now till September 29th, every Friday, the traditional Cheesemarket in Alkmaar is held. Say cheese. In the Middle Ages, it was common practice to establish a guild for every profession, the cheese carriers established theirs in 1593. Nowadays,…

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The Dutchman visits Het Concertgebouw

Amsterdam, March 2017… I was so excited to give you a behind the scenes visit of The Concert Hall. This historic classical music venue is one of the leading music halls in the world. Many legendary artists have performed here like Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Bernard Haitink. But also, world famous pop stars and…

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Mondriaan and De Stijl movement

Amsterdam, March 2017… The Netherlands is celebrating ‘100 years De Stijl’ in 2017. An artistic movement based around straight lines and primary colors. Piet Mondrian is a role model for all De Stijl artists. Even today, the principles of De Stijl continuous to inspire many Dutch designers like Hella Jongerius, Maarten Baas, Joris Laarman and…

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Tulips as far as you can see

Amsterdam, March 2017… Holland is world famous for its beautiful and colorful flowers. Now is the right time for your clients to enjoy the magic fields of flowers. The Dutchman offers special themed programs. Between March 23 and May 21, most tourist pay a visit to the Keukenhof gardens where 7 million flower bulbs bloom…

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