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10 things you shouldn’t miss in Maastricht – the Netherlands

10 things you shouldn't miss in Maastricht

Maastricht is one of the most beautiful and unusual cities in the Netherlands. It’s also a Dutch city which looks the least Dutch. Positioned at the border with Germany and Belgium, its architecture, culture and cuisine are very much influenced by its neighbours. Located some two hours by train from Amsterdam, it’s a great town to visit on a weekend break in the Netherlands. There are so many great things to do in Maastricht and fantastic historical sites to visit. To make your choice of what to do in Maastricht easier, here is the Culture Tourist’s selection of 10 things you shouldn’t miss in Maastricht.

10 things you didn’t know about the Rijksmuseum

Unusual things about the Rijksmuseum

Have you watched the ‘Night at the Museum’ movie? Well, if you’ll spend a night in the Rijksmuseum, you’ll also be accompanied by some fascinating characters. Dutch navy admirals, 17th-century children drinking, smoking a pipe and eating stroopwafels, a lady reading a love letter that obviously isn’t from her husband or a mother looking for lice in her daughter’s hair. Opened back in 1885, Rijksmuseum, the Dutch Royal Museum, was filled with controversies from the very beginning. Here are just some of them – 10 things you didn’t know about the Rijksmuseum.

Weekend trips in the Netherlands – with 2020 summer tips

Are you looking for some nice weekend trips within the Netherlands? Well, it seems like this summer many of us are going to take holidays more locally. And you’re quite lucky if you live here. Because there are many great places to visit in the Netherlands and numerous cute Dutch towns you could visit in 2020. I’m going to share with you some of my favourite places in this blog post with some extra tips for keeping your distance to stay safe while travelling within the Netherlands.

Meet the artist: Alina Tang

Alina Tang art

When I first saw some of Alina Tang’s work, I was so amazed by the colours and the energy it has. It instantly makes you feel great and like there are so many colours in this world you haven’t noticed before. Since she just opened a studio in Amsterdam where you can see and buy some of her work, or join some of Alina’s workshops, I thought it would be a great occasion to introduce her work to my readers.

Rachelle Meyer’s Faces on the Amsterdam Ferry

One of Rachelle's illustrations with people on a real ferry in a background

Before the new Amsterdam South-North metro line was opened in mid-2018, a ferry was the only way for cyclists and pedestrians to travel to and from Amsterdam Noord neighbourhood. One of those daily commuters was an artist Rachelle Meyer. During a short 15-minutes ride she made numerous sketches of her fellow Amsterdammers. Drawings from her sketchbook became large prints and a lovely ode to Amsterdam life. Amsterdam Noord Amsterdam Noord (North) was an industrial area of the city during the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Many old factory buildings and the vast areas, that are so unusual for…

Christmas Markets in the Netherlands – With 2019 Agenda

Ice skating in Museumplein in Amsterdam

With many festive events, Christmas trees all around and that cosy feeling, December is my favourite month of a year. And a big reason for it is Christmas markets. Since I love visiting them, I did a bit of research and looked for the Christmas markets organised in the Netherlands. I’ve first compiled this list four years ago, and have updated it each year since. So if you would like to visit some of them, here is your complete guide through the Dutch Christmas markets.

Best Tours in Amsterdam Recommended by a Former Tour Guide

Three swans swimming on a canal with bridges and Amsterdam canal houses in a back

Joining a guided tour while travelling is one of the best ways to learn about a place you’re visiting. It’s a fun way to find out more about its history and culture, but also about the everyday life of locals. However, sometimes it could be a bit hard to choose the best tour to join. That’s why, as a former tour guide, I compiled this list of the best tours to join in Amsterdam.

Dutch Art Reproductions: Old Dutch Masters reproduced on Tile Tableaus

Visionplay studio in Amsterdam with tile tableaus on the walls

I’m always astonished to see how people get inspired by famous art to create something beautiful out of it. And I’m not sure there could be something more amazing than combining the traditional Dutch tile production with paintings created by some of the masters from the Netherlands. The results are some of the most beautiful Dutch art reproductions. Dutch Art Reproductions *This post was created in collaboration with Visionplay. This company creates art reproductions on canvases and tile tableaus of some famous Dutch paintings. Check out the blog post for more info about them. Dutch tiles The Netherlands has a…