Netherlands

A visit to the 16th century witches weighhouse (Heksenwaag), Oudewater, Netherlands

A visit to the 16th century witches weighhouse (Heksenwaag), Oudewater, Netherlands

About twenty minutes outside of Utrecht is the sleepy little town of Oudewater. It is a picturesque little town criss-crossed with the canals which are so ubiquitous in the Netherlands and lined with chocolate-box style houses and shops selling flowers, cheese and homewares. It feels as if time has stood still in Oudewater – there […]

The windmills of Kinderdijk – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Netherlands

The windmills of Kinderdijk – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Netherlands

On our Spring trip to The Netherlands one of the highlights was our visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk, just outside of Rotterdam. Standing on their own, dotted about between canals full of waterlilies and lined by tall reeds gently swaying, the windmills of Kinderdijk are atmospheric, beautiful and an absolute must-visit […]

We like to read…”The Little Rijksmuseum” – helping children learn about the art of Holland

We like to read…”The Little Rijksmuseum” – helping children learn about the art of Holland

On our recent spring trip to the Netherlands, we loved taking the time to see some of the art the country is famed for, including a very special trip to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. We do really enjoy helping our children enjoy the art they see, and discovering more about the artists and […]

Staying in The Hague’s tallest building – “The Tower”, The Netherlands

Staying in The Hague’s tallest building – “The Tower”, The Netherlands

We really loved spending time in The Hague, it’s a beautiful city full of character and surprises around every corner. We took a very blustery spring trip to the Netherlands and spent three nights at The Tower in the centre of the city. The Tower, The Hague, The Netherlands – Hotel and Location: The Tower […]

The Pancake Bakery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Pancake Bakery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

You can’t visit The Netherlands without eating pancakes – they are practically the national dish! And there’s no better place than the Pancake Bakery, just down the street from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. We visited on our recent Spring trip to the Netherlands and its warm, cosy interior was the perfect refuge from […]

A day of discovery at NEMO Science Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A day of discovery at NEMO Science Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

When the sky over Amsterdam turns grey and wet, and even when it doesn’t, head for NEMO Science Centre. This is a museum and a half – absolutely jam-packed full of amazing activities and fun for children of all ages. Designed by Renzo Piano (creator of the Pompidou Centre in Paris) this beautiful green copper […]

Staying in the old Customs House – Pincoffs Suites, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Staying in the old Customs House – Pincoffs Suites, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

An hour’s drive south from Amsterdam and half an hour from The Hague sits Rotterdam. Having fallen in love with much of The Netherlands we were unsure what our impressions would be of this city which has undergone a major rebuilding programme in the past five decades. But Rotterdam has embraced this opportunity and created a […]

Visiting the tulip gardens of the Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands

Visiting the tulip gardens of the Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands

Tulips are synonymous with Holland but they are actually imports from Asia – wildflowers that were cultivated and brought to The Netherlands. It was the Turks who first started to collect them and they were brought from the Ottoman Empire to Holland sometime in the late sixteenth century and their name derives from the Turkish […]

The Albus Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Albus Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

We love visiting Amsterdam – walks wandering the canals and visiting the gorgeous little cafes and waterside restaurants. It’s a great city and we visited it most recently on our spring trip to the Netherlands while off exploring the top ten things to do with children in Amsterdam. We were keen to stay somewhere central […]