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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 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

Alkmaar, 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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Tulips as far as you can see

Amsterdam, April 2019… Holland is a flowery country during spring and summer. One of the highlights is the Keukenhof. In April and May more than 7 million flower bulbs are in bloom with 800 different varieties of tulips. A unique and unforgettable experience. In addition to the more than 32 hectares of flowers, you can…

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Royal Leerdam Crystal

Leerdam, February 2017… Are you a fan of crystal art objects and tableware? Then a visit to Royal Leerdam is a must see. Founded in 1878 and with a Royal title since 1953. Royal Leerdam Crystal offers beautiful hand crafted and mouth blown objects d’art and ornamental pieces. The brilliantly clear Cristal Superieur is Europe’s…

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Dutch Silvermuseum Schoonhoven

Schoonhoven, February 2017… In beautiful Schoonhoven the Dutch Silver Museum is located since 1978 in the former Port Barracks. The museum highlights all facets of silver, including lesser-known applications such as mobile phone and botox. On June 5, 2014, Princess Beatrix (our former Queen) opened the exhibition Royal Gifts in honor of the reopening of…

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The Dutchman visits Maastricht

Maastricht is a city and municipality in the southern Netherlands. It is the capital of the province of Limburg and also the largest municipality in the province. On The Dutchman’s YouTube channel I will tell you about the highlights of my visit. Watch my vlog on The Dutchman’s YouTube Channel >>>

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Modern art museum Voorlinden

Wassenaar, October 2016… Voorlinden displays the collection of chemical industry magnate Joop van Caldenborgh, whose personal holdings include works by Richard Artschwager, Sylvie Fleury, Dan Graham, Henry Moore, Tom Otterness, and Giuseppe Penone. The museum is adjacent to his home, and the 40-hectare grounds will display a James Turrell “Skyspace” and a steel sculpture by…

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Sculpture garden Nic Jonk

Grootschermer, September 2016… When you drive up north to Grootschermer (just 45 minutes from Amsterdam), you will find a picturesque landscape, typical of Holland. This area was born from the struggle against water. Here you will find dikes, polders, windmills, boat locks, dome-shaped farms, cows, cheese, tulips, potatoes and many water birds. The internationally renowned…

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