Efteling Theme Park: The best theme park in the Netherlands

Efteling Theme Park: The best theme park in the Netherlands

As a lover of the strange and unique, it took me a long time to visit Efteling. Too long.  In case you haven’t heard of Efteling, the Efteling theme park is one of the best theme parks in the Netherlands and truly one of the most unique.  I grew up going to Disney every year and I have to say that Efteling is truly one of the best amusement parks that I’ve been to. Keep reading on why you need to visit Efteling, how to get to Efteling, and the best attractions at Efteling.

(more…)
Vlaggetjesdag, Hollandse Nieuwe Haring, and herring in the Netherlands

Vlaggetjesdag, Hollandse Nieuwe Haring, and herring in the Netherlands

Is there anything more Dutch than herring? This favorite fish is a staple of the Dutch diet, yet many foreigners know little about it.  Ever since moving to the Hague, I was lucky enough to experience Vlaggetjesdag, an amazing yearly celebration of herring season in the Netherlands. I’ll be discussing Vlaggetjesdag, Dutch herring, and the amazing cultural legacy of Hollandse Nieuwe Haring.

(more…)
Off the beaten path things to do in Utrecht with insider tips

Off the beaten path things to do in Utrecht with insider tips

Two weeks ago, I headed to Utrecht for the ultimate insider tour of Utrecht.  I was lucky enough to be shown around by Utrecht by Suzanne, a proud resident of Utrecht, that I met using a website called 2 glimpse.  We had a lovely time doing the off the beaten path things to do in Utrecht that many tourists miss.

(more…)
How to visit the abandoned Roze Kasteel in the Land van Ooit

How to visit the abandoned Roze Kasteel in the Land van Ooit

After living here in the Netherlands for a couple of years, I can tell you that I’m quite surprised when I read about something truly abandoned in the Netherlands.  After reading about the Roze Kasteel (Kasteel D’Oultremont) in Drunen, I was curious about this abandoned amusement park and castle in the Netherlands.  This post will discuss how to visit the now closed Land van Ooit, now known as the Poort van Heusden, and what it is for my readers who aren’t familiar with 2000s Dutch television.  (more…)

One day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch: the best things to do in Den Bosch

One day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch: the best things to do in Den Bosch

‘s-Hertogenbosch, nicknamed Den Bosch, has been on my list of places to visit.  This stunning city with a rich culture and history in Brabant is often overlooked by tourists despite the fact that Den Bosch is only a day trip away from Amsterdam.  Although I expected Den Bosch to be beautiful and historic, I was surprised by Den Bosch.  It’s a city that is not stuck in time and I’ve created a one day itinerary to one day in Den Bosch to show you the best things to do in Den Bosch.

(more…)

A scenic day trip from the Hague: Voorburg, Leidschendam, and the Molendriegang

A scenic day trip from the Hague: Voorburg, Leidschendam, and the Molendriegang

Sometimes, you don’t need to go far in order to treat yourself.  On a recent weekend, my husband and I took a cycle through the lovely towns of Voorburg and Leidschendam prior to visiting the Molendriegang, one of the most famous landmarks of the Hague area. Although the Hague is quite modern, you can easily experience the cuteness of these adorable towns just outside of the Hague and the classic Dutch polder landscape, including the famous Molendriegang (Three Windmills).

Keep reading for an scenic bike ride outside of the Hague, including stops for lunch and beer, totals about 23 kilometers from the Hague city center. This route should take about 1.5 hours without stopping on a lazy Saturday or Sunday. (more…)