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Holambra Brazil

Holambra: Dutch heritage in Brazil’s countryside

After the devastation caused by World War II many Dutch people decided to leave their homeland. Large parts of the Netherlands had to be...
The Van Gogh House in Nieuw-Amsterdam is the only public accessible building in the Netherlands where the master painter has lived and worked. You can visit Van Gogh's room. His bed is still in the same place, his art supplies and paint are ready for use. It looks like Van Gogh left for a walk and may come back any time soon.

Van Gogh House in Drenthe

On 11 September 1883 Vincent van Gogh takes a train from The Hague to Drenthe. His brother Theo sent him money for the train...
Valkenburg

Valkenburg Castle

Did you know that Valkenburg Castle is the only elevated castle in the Netherlands? The castle was built during the 11th century and destroyed...
Did you know that Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) was the first Dutch woman to complete a university degree? Not only did she fight for women's rights to vote, she was also the Netherlands' first female physician and promoted birth control as a way of fighting poverty among the poor.

Inspirational Dutch woman: Aletta Jacobs

Did you know that Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) was the first Dutch woman to complete a university degree? Not only did she fight for women's rights...
left to right: Queen Wilhelmina, Princess Juliana, Prince Bernhard and Armgard von Cramm (Bernard's mother) on their wedding day 7 January 1937

Three months honeymoon for Juliana and Bernhard

Did you know that Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard went on a 3-months lasting honeymoon? After they went skiing in Poland, the newlyweds continued to...
Elfstedentocht 1986

The legendary Elfstedentocht skating tour

Did you know that the second to last rarely raced Elfstedentocht took place 30 years ago today? Evert van Benthem was the winner of this edition of...
Westerbork

Memorial Center at Camp Westerbork

Did you know that this month it is 30 years ago that the Memorial Center at Camp Westerbork opened as a permanent reminder of...
Amsterdam

Tipsy buildings in Amsterdam

Did you know that not all buildings with uneven levels in Amsterdam are slanting outwards, backwards or sideways because of the unstable swampy foundation?...
Did you know that the construction of the North/South metro line in Amsterdam not only came with a lot of headaches, annoyances and delays but also turned out to be an archaeological gold mine?

Archaeological gold mine in the heart of Amsterdam

Did you know that the construction of the North/South metro line ('Noord-Zuidlijn' in Dutch) in Amsterdam not only came with a lot of headaches,...
Kerwin Duinmeijer

Kerwin Duinmeijer memorial

Today marks the 34th anniversary of Kerwin Duinmeijer's death, a 15-year old Antillean boy who was stabbed by a teenage skinhead in the center...