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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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The Dutchman visits Haarlem

Haarlem, November 2018… Haarlem is a city outside of Amsterdam in the northwest Netherlands. Once a major North Sea trading port surrounded by a defensive wall, it retains its medieval character of cobblestone streets and gabled houses. It’s the center of a major flower-bulb-growing district, and famous for its outlying tulip fields, art museums and…

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Renssen Art Gallery: contemporary Dutch art by Erik Renssen

Broek in Waterland, September 2018… When visiting one of the most charming off the beaten track villages in close vicinity of Amsterdam, you will understand that this is the perfect place for an artist to live and work. Renowned Dutch artist Erik Renssen’ s live is dedicated to painting and sculpting in his atelier in…

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Off the beaten track visits to a windmill, tea garden and winery

Weesp /Amstelveen, May 2018… Just 15 minutes from Amsterdam you can discover a lovely little village called Weesp, where you will find this beautiful old windmill ‘De Vriendschap’ (The Fiendship) located on the banks of the river Vecht. With the help of the wind, ecological grains produce flour for delicious bread and mixes for pancakes…

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Walk in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

Nuenen, April 2018… You can actually do that in the village of Nuenen at a bit more than 1-hour drive from Amsterdam! Van Gogh lived here from 1883 till 1885. In retrospect, his time there was one of the most important and most productive periods of his life: 195 paintings, including the ‘Potato Eaters’, 313…

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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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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 March 30, 2018 till September 28th, every Friday, the traditional Cheesemarket in Alkmaar is held. 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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