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[27/4] 1. Maastricht Binnenstad, Guided by a Local
I have a few free days before I have to report to my research exchange program in Wroclaw, Poland. Hence I decided to visit a friend living in Maastricht, Netherlands. To tell the truth, I never knew of Maastricht before I met my friend. Like most people, when I hear Netherlands or Holland, I only think about Amsterdam. But that shouldn’t be the case! Without the massive tourist crowd, Maastricht is a hidden gem, and let me tell you more about this city!Fran ❤
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. These words have become a heart warming sensation letting me know that I am almost home. Over the last two years I have flown at least ten times to and/or from this airport and now have come to know it as the gateway to home. It’s my guarantee that things will be simple for awhile, less stressful, make sense in the way that I’ve grown accustom to, the way that I like, the Dutch way.Julie Smolenski
Netherlands: Amsterdam's City Center
Walkabout in Amsterdam’s City Center After a long flight that lasted almost 13 hours (I flew from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia), I touched down at the Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands at about 6:40 am. With so many shops, the airport looked more like a shopping complex, albeit a closed one as it was still very early and none of the shops were open. There was also a connecting train station within the airport, and several bus stations outside of the airport as well.Yiing Zhi
Amsterdam- Must visit country
About 2 months ago I’ve been traveling to Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful city and the capital of The Netherlands. A city full of tourists, lots of cafes, museums, bicycles (think there are more bicycles than people), lots of historic canal homes which impress from the first sight, a city which is full of life and just a cool place where you can feel free and happy for being there. I liked it for the beauty of incredible architecture, clean streets (even there are lots of tourists). When you come to a new country, first all you do some research about this country, about what places to visit, where to sleep, eat and what else you can do there if you come as me for three or four days. So here are some of my recommendations I would like to share with you, to help a little with my 3 stay days in the incredible Amsterdam.Cor
Amsterdam Springtime Adventures
Amsterdam Springtime Adventures For many Europeans it has become a recurring thing going on extended weekend getaways to the major cities of Europe. Price war on plane tickets and increased short haul trips from e.g. low cost airlines like Wizz Air or Norwegian makes it easy to get away a few days at an affordable price. Thus, in late spring, my friend and I decided to visit Amsterdam, one of the few Western European capitals we have never experienced. We had heard a lot of positive things about the city beforehand and we certainly weren’t disappointed.Amanda Nilsson
Amsterdam: How to spend 3 days there without getting stoned
Disclaimer: if you’re looking for a guide to the partying, pot smoking side of Amsterdam, this is not the article for you. As the title suggests, I personally did not visit any of the city’s famous coffee shops, nor spend more than 10 minutes in the Red Light District. I apologise, but this will not be a scandalous read, but rather an overview of my attempt at jamming in as many tourist hot spots as possible on my limited budget with my limited time.Madeleine Berkley
Amsterdam on a Budget
Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth and a popular tourist destination, but it’s not exactly known for being budget friendly. In between the cost of accommodation, transport, the countless attractions and delicious local cuisine, costs can add up pretty fast. Here’s 5 tips on seeing the sights without breaking the bank.Jess Stubbing
I’ve been feeling nostalgic: it’s been almost five months since I’ve called Holland home and had you asked me in October if I would ever feel like I truly missed it, I may have said, “No; My adventures were aplenty and I’ve had my fair share and am ready to take a break from exploring foreign lands.” Perhaps it is because I feel strangely lost despite being in all too familiar territory or maybe my heart is yearning for adventure once more, but I chose to begin my blog with a memory, a time and feeling I’ve kept in my hands and in my head. Oh beautiful Amsterdam, my adoration for you has only grown fonder with distance… Read an excerpt in the life of my Amster-days and then read further to discover some must do, see, and eat things that will surely make your time in The Netherlands as full as mine were!Melissa Rosenberg
Contiki - Are Tours Really Worth It?
There are a lot of “pros” to the packaged tours. The biggest one is the lack of necessary planning. Almost everything is planned for you. All accommodation is dealt with beforehand; you arrive and are handed your room key. About half of your meals are also planned, as well as quick city tours and other activities such as visiting a clog maker in Amsterdam and goldsmith in Florence. Your tour manager has also been to those cities dozens if not hundreds of times and knows exactly where to take you to have a great time. If you’re not sure where to go in your free time, they will be able to point you in a good direction.Carolyn Walter
Maastricht: Blending in with the students
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands and home to many national and foreign students. Maastricht University and ZUYD University of Applied Sciences are the two biggest colleges in Maastricht and are located near the centre. As you may imagine, Maastricht has very much adapted to the student lifestyle. You will notice that many bars and take away restaurants will try to attract students with signs like “20 % student discount here”. While the Maastricht nightlife is not as wild and vivid as in Amsterdam, there are concerts, festivals, and live music to enjoy your night out. As one of the students myself, I will tell you about some of the most student-loved places and how to save some money on the go.Rhianne van Heese
Amsterdam: Hipster City built on Water
A city built on the water, a floating flower market, narrow and bent houses, an international place-to-be. Talking about the Dutch metropolis seems to be quite hip right now. Everyone wants to feel the vibes of this buzzing city. As a Netherlands expert, I want to recommend a few places absolutely worth seeing. But the Netherlands is not only Amsterdam. There are lots of other places to see, especially the beautiful and endlessly stretching beaches of the North Sea.Kate
A Sunday Trip to The Hague, Netherlands
In 2017, over 16 million people visited The Netherlands. This number is projected to grow over the coming year, with tourists flocking to the flat, windy country from places near and far. Most go straight to Amsterdam, and no wonder – with its mixture of history, culture, quirky vintage stores, and lax weed regulations, there’s definitely something for everyone!Stela G.
A step by step guide to exploring Amsterdam-Noord
I have been fortunate enough to visit the Netherlands several times, and every time I love it more. Most of my trips start in Amsterdam, due to it being so accessible from anywhere in the world. From the winding canals, mouth-watering Stroopwafel’s and energetic vibe, this city has so much to offer. Normally I stick to the city, wander the streets and have a great time, but more recently I decided to step out of my ‘comfort zone’ so to speak, and go and see what Amsterdam-Noord had to offer.Travel Animal Online
Just Another Two Days in the Lovely Amsterdam...
I love Amsterdam. It is one of those cities you are always excited to return to, because there are always new places to find and things to discover. I love the Dutch, as they are one of the friendliest people I ever got to meet. They are smiling and always seem to have a joke up their sleeve. And one more thing that always catches the eye (or should I say the ear?) – the Dutchies always whistle. You can hear different melodies throughout the day no matter where you go – hotel lobbies, quiet streets, small shops – whistling tunes are everywhere! And what makes a person whistle? Exactly – happiness and a good mood!Julia V
Learning how to live in the Netherlands
In my first year out of high school, I did the classic gap-year backpack around Europe with my best friend. It was an invaluable experience, and I’m glad I did it instead of going straight from high school to university. Unfortunately, because my friend and I were nervous 18 year olds, we decided to plan out our entire trip, and had no flexibility in our travels. Because of this, we missed the one city that’s almost a rite of passage for young Australian backpackers: Amsterdam. At the time, missing out on seeing Amsterdam really upset me, but now that I’ve come to the Netherlands I’m glad I didn’t ruin my first experience of the country.Amelia
Amsterdam Netherlands: A Must Have Experience
The Netherlands, Western Europe’s country, is famously celebrated for its attractive red lights, coffee shops, and most likely tulips. However, the nation has much more to offer other than just that. There are many exciting things to do in the Netherlands apart from visiting the canals and the coffee shops. It is jam-packed with historical cobblestones and brick-filled lane cities, interlocked canals, iconic windmills, beautiful beaches, vast and fine-looking farmlands. All these make the Netherlands be one of my favourite vacationer country in the world. Many people who come to the Netherlands only spend a little time in Amsterdam and so they miss the best pleasurable opportunities this nation has to offer. If you want to discover what makes me coming back to this beautiful country, then take your time and explore beyond its cities. I advise you to visit the northern part of the nation during May just to see the blooming tulips or visit Utrecht to picture this beautiful country without the crowd.Emmanuel Mumali
Amsterdam: Mark your calendar!
So, living a year in Holland. I’m going to show you some activities that I did, especially in Amsterdam (For other activities in another city, wait for my next post). This city never ran out of activities, events were available throughout the year (mostly annual events), so make sure you check their calendar events before you make a plan! (See it here: http://www.iamexpat.nl)jilly-setiady
Amsterdam - to coffeeshop or not to coffeeshop
So it’s my first time in the Netherlands. We’ve got five days here and we have decided to spend two of them – can you guess where? – yes, of course in Amsterdam. High expectations all over us and we are so excited to start exploring.Vladislava Genova
Amsterdam: 6 best places to take pictures
You are photographer, blogger or you just want to put picture on Facebook or Instagram and get more likes than ever? Follow me through the confused streets and canal network and you will discover 6 most amazing place to take pictures in Amsterdam.Maja Jaukovic
Netherlands: My top 4 places to visit in Amsterdam
Amsterdam, heart of the Netherlands; with a population of 820,000 and with over 3.5 million visitors a year, it doesn’t quite seem like the best place to go for a break from the hustle and bustle of working life. However, it has always been a dream of mine to visit there, I was forever crying with jealousy after hearing all the exciting adventures my friends had when they were there. Thus, when I was presented with the opportunity to visit Amsterdam for a few days back in early June 2016, I leapt at the chance. The moment the holiday was booked, I spent every waking hour trawling through online tourist guides, trying to find out where the best places were to go. I found them such a fascinating read, that I just had to compile my own list, and share some of my experiences from the trip. These aren’t necessarily in order, but they are the top four places I suggest you should check out!emma-campbell
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