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  • As to the PHRASES: the Dutch word: tevreden means: satisfied, pleased. hello! = : Hallo! Good morning, good afternoon, good evening , good night = goedemorgen, goede middag, goedenavond, goede nacht. Ik houd van.... means: I love.... or: I like…
  • If you drive in your car through the Netherlands, Keep RIGHT!! ( as in the rest of the continent). The maximum speed in the Netherlands is 100 or 120 km/h on motorways (autosnelwegen), and mostly 80 km/h on other roads outside the built-up area. Ins…
  • There is an important cultural difference between Belgium and the Netherlands. First, the religious tradition: Belgium is a (moderately) catholic country, like France, Spain and Italy. The Netherlands, especially the northern part, fought from 1568 …
  • A very exciting way to travel through the Netherlands and Flaunders is riding by bicycle (in Dutch: fiets). Nowhere else in the world, there are as many bicycle lanes (fietspaden) per square mile as in the Netherlands. You can take your bicycle with…
  • Londoners, who use public transport like underground and bus, know the Oyster card, a chip-card that can be "filled" with a credit to be debited for bus, train and underground fares. Who wants to use the train, bus, tramway etc. in the Netherlands …
  • Who visits Brussels should be aware of the tension between Dutch/Flemish speaking people (Vlamingen) and French speaking people (Wallons). The best thing to do is just ask : Do you speak English? Many Flemish, however, are ready to speak French to f…
  • Who likes to visit old cathedrals and other churches should visit the: St Jan (St. John) in Den Bosch; the Onze Lieve Vrouwe ( Our Lady) in Antwerp; the St. Servaas in Maastricht; the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Delft ( where deceased members of the…
  • Absolute highligts for tourists visiting Belgium are the historic cities of Bruges (Brugge), Ghent (Gent) and Antwerp (Antwerpen). Of course, the capital Brussels ( Brussel, French: Bruxelles) with its 1 million inhabitants the greatest city in the …
  • Mind, that Holland = the provinces North and South Holland. This is actually only 1/6th of the surface of the Netherlands. And Flaunders (Vlaanderen, the Dutch speaking half of Belgium) is 3 times as big as the provinces West and east Flaunders.
  • The most interesting zoos are in Emmen, Drente (Noorder dierenpark); Blijdorp ( Rotterdam near central station); Artis (Amsterdam, east of the centre); Antwerpen, Belgium ( behind the Central Station); Rhenen, between Utrecht and Arnhem (Ouwehand); …
  • This website contains very little information about other Dutch cities than Amsterdam and Groningen. Foreign tourists, interested in museums should visit also: the Boymans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam; the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem; the Maur…