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Fun and festivities in Netherlands - celebrations, festivals and cultural events

People in the Netherlands love and know how to celebrate holidays. Parties are held in a grand manner and in an atmosphere of complete identity. One of the most surprising, strange and amazing holidays is the meeting of the local Santa Claus or, as it is called in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas. He arrives in his ship from Spain with his black servants, Zwarte Piets, in mid-November. From this moment, the pre-holiday fuss begins in the country. Zwarte Piets that are walking around the streets, give out sweets or shower all passers-by with cookies, prepare lists of guilty and obedient children. Disobedient toddlers are frightened that the Zwarte Piets will take them to a terrible and distant Spain. On the night of December 5, children put a special slipper in the corridor, where Sinterklaas puts gifts and biscuits.
The Netherlands has a fairly long coastline along the North Sea; it’s about 450 km. Therefore, the centers of the active leisure are located mainly …
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It is not customary to decorate the streets on Christmas Day in the Netherlands. This is a very quiet and family holiday. As a rule, almost no passers-by are met on the streets; there are practically no fairs here either. One of the main public holidays is the Day of the Queen or the King (on April 27). This holiday is celebrated by the whole country. Streets turn into the single continuous orange procession in honor of the queen or the king. Carnivals and parades are arranged in the cities. Ferries and barges get stuck in jams at the channels. In Amsterdam, huge scenes are set literally on every major street. Music and performances are heard from everywhere. This holiday is a symbol of the Netherlands, so tourists should definitely visit it.
Every year on November 20-24, there is a traditional cannabis festival in Amsterdam. During the festival, coffeeshops compete in different categories. They reveal the best varieties of marijuana, hashish, the best beer or cupcakes based on marijuana. The quality is accessed by judges. Anyone can be a judge for just 200 euros. Jury members personally taste all the proposed options and, based on personal feelings, endure the verdict. Common visitors can taste different food or drinks with cannabis, buy clothes made of hemp, as well as aromatic oils or accessories for smoking. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. Don’t go to the Netherlands in a fur coat or other outerwear made of natural fur. Animal rights activists can attack and even set the item on …
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In spring, another bright event is taking place in the Netherlands. That’s the Parade of Flowers. This is one of the most beautiful and grandiose festivals in the country. Twenty flower platforms and thirty wagons bring the procession from Noordwijk, through the largest flower park of Keukenhof, to Harlem. Throughout the summer, the country turns into a single holiday. Four major cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht - host musical and theatrical festivals one by one. Once in 5 years, a parade of boats and sea vessels is held in Amsterdam. The next one will take place in 2025.
In summer, there are gay parades in the Netherlands that are specific to this free country. These are pretty colorful events in the traditional rainbow palette. The Netherlands is one of the most tolerant countries in relation to minorities, as manifested in its culture. In winter, you can visit the festival of light in Amsterdam. That’s a colorful and incredibly bright event, during which various masters put their light installations to public display. There is an incredible number of museums in the Netherlands. Several days a year, they open their doors for free or for a nominal fee of 1 euro. This allows you to get acquainted with the cultural heritage.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Netherlands

Uniques spots of Netherlands

Erasmusbrug

From the series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
Many tourists know the Erasmus Bridge, located in Rotterdam under the unofficial name 'Swan Bridge'. The author of the design of the unique bridge on the Meuse river is the architect Ben van Berkel. Its talent and boundless imagination have created the unusual outline and the recognizable exterior shape of the bridge. The bridge, whose extension is 802 meters, was opened in 1996. For more than 15 years it has been the longest drawbridge in the world.

The main feature of the bridge is the high fine support, whose outlines resemble the neck of the graceful swan. The height 'of the neck' is 139 meters. In the evening, the support is decorated with the impressive festive lighting. The longest drawbridge in the world has one more interesting feature - Erasmus Bridge is one of the finest and … Read all

God Loftstory

From the series “The Most Bizarre and Fancy Living Houses”
In the Netherlands there is the unique house that can not be found in any other country in the world. The house with the original name God's Loftstory was set up in the empty building of the old church. The best specialists of the design studio Zecc Architecten have worked on his project. The original house is located in the church on the territory of the picturesque province of Gelderland. During the reconstruction of the building, its external appearance has remained unchanging.

The church is also today one of the most striking historical sights of the region. Around them was the picturesque landscaped garden, which was the home of the snow-white figures of the cute little flocks, which are still a landmark in the region. In the design of the building, many original elements of the … Read all
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New Projects by Holiday Inn in Europe Revealed

Although the hospitality business is down everywhere, IHG Hotels & Resorts doesn’t plan to stop and continues opening new hotels in different parts of the world. This time, the internationally famous hotelier signed 11 Holiday Inn Express hotels in Europe. These hotels will open in 2021 and coming years. Such an aggressive expansion is a part of the global strategy of the Holiday Inn Express brand in the region. Read this

12.05.2021

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Attractions and entertainment in top cities of Netherlands

Amsterdam
Paradiso Club, which is located near the city’s center, is very popular among both tourists and residents. In this club you will find music of different styles. Besides excellent musical accompaniment this club attracts visitors by its richest choice of drinks. Melkweg Club never ceases to delight visitors by its interesting entertainment programs. Here you will be able to attend theme parties, vivid theatrical plays, and performances by musical groups, as well as various presentations. Sugar … Read more
Maastricht
Backstage is a popular night club, which is opened in an old factory. In the club you can hear music of different directions. Here are often organized themed and retro-parties that are popular not only among visitors, but also among locals. In addition to a wonderful dance floor and interesting musical program, Backstage can offer to its visitors a great bar. There is also a gaming room in the club with a large selection of slots. If you plan to have rest with a big company, Allebonheu club is … Read more
Rotterdam
Las Palmas is a popular dance club, which is located near the city center. Despite the fact that the exterior of the building is not remarkable, its interior decoration deserves the highest praise. Light shows remain one of the most popular entertainments among frequent visitors of the club. The territory of Now Wow club is divided into three thematic areas, each of which is devoted to a certain direction. Each hall has a large stage, a dance floor and its own interesting entertainment program, … Read more
The Hague
OneFour club is a no less popular entertaining facility. Its visitors can have great rest on a colorful dance floor or spend some nice time at one of the club’s cozy tables. Finally, this is a good place to taste best varieties of the local beer. The club differs by glamorous interior design. Note there is a face control at the entrance, so you should pay some attention to the choice of clothes. The club works every day. On weekends visitors can often participate in interesting theme parties. … Read more
Utrecht
Most stores and shopping complexes would be found in Oudegracht, Neude and Vredeburg; there are elite clothing stores, stylish boutiques and highly specialized trade pavilions among them. Those who are used to do shopping in large-scale malls are recommended to go to Wilhelminapark, the largest shopping center of the city. Not far from the train station there is an attractive shopping center, Hoog Catharijne; it is ready to offer visitors a wide range of products of different price categories. … Read more
Eindhoven
Fans of shopping would be impressed by Eindhoven, as a number of shops and shopping complexes is huge. The largest shopping center is the Heuvel Galerie; it occupies an entire district and has over a hundred shops of different specialization. There is a popular casino of the same name too. Slegte BV Boekhandel En Antiquariaat is popular among foreigners; it is ready to offer visitors a wide selection of books and antiques. Piazza shopping complex is situated in a beautiful modern building … Read more
Groningen
To take a passenger seat in a helicopter and look at the city lying below, which seems especially fabulous from this position, be sure to use the offer from Vliegles.info. It should be noted that since the most common type of transport in Groningen is a bicycle, here there are many tours offering to take a bike ride exploring numerous city attractions on the way. If you choose this option, keep in mind that Alternative Groningen Tour and Groningen City Tours are the best tours of this kind in … Read more
Delft
Shopping fans should definitely make a visit to shops located near the old factories. This is the place where you can buy best souvenirs - fine porcelain and handmade crafts. You should definitely visit the local flower market, where you can buy a huge bunch of tulips for a modest price. Here you can find most unique tulip colors. Many people visit this flower market simply as a museum, where they can admire stunningly beautiful bouquets. Items made of porcelain remain the most popular … Read more

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