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Christmas Markets in the Netherlands – With 2019 Agenda

Ice skating at 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…

The Cube Houses in Rotterdam

The cube houses in Rotterdam

The Cube Houses in Rotterdam are probably some of the most famous buildings in the Netherlands. Built back in the 1970s, bright yellow houses are attracting people from all over the world. I had a chance to visit one of them last weekend, and have found its architecture to be utterly amazing. So, I researched their history a bit, took some photos of their interior and explored the idea behind them.

SS Rotterdam: Spending a night at the historical ship in Rotterdam

Large historic ship in Rotterdam

SS Rotterdam is a ship that used to sail between the Netherlands and New York, starting from 1959. It’s turned into a hotel – ship today and while staying there, you can explore it and learn about the way it was navigated, or what people were doing during the long journey. I’ve spent a weekend on it with my son, and it was absolutely a highlight of our trip to Rotterdam.

Texel Island’s Legends & some beautiful art inspired by them

illustration showing the texel island lighthouse

A long, long time ago, while the ships were still mostly navigated with paddles and sails, the majority of men living on Texel Island were somehow related to the maritime business. They would wake up early in the morning and spend the whole day in their boats, fishing at sea or repairing them at the shore. This story starts on one of those early cold winter mornings. It was as foggy as it could only get on the islands. And the only person outside of his house was a young man dressed in a thick grey coat, walking alongside the beach. His walk was suddenly interrupted when he tripped over something. That was a wooden board sticking out of the sand. And then, when he turned around himself, he saw the shore was covered entirely with them. Boards, ropes and other parts of the ship. There must have been a shipwreck during the night. Curious as he was, he came closer and noticed a huge chest…