Top 5 things to do when you first arrive in the Netherlands
Moving is only part of the adventure when it comes to relocating to the Netherlands. There are many incredible experiences awaiting you. Here are some excellent tips from Crown Relocations on what to do within the first month of arriving:
1. Try the local food
There will be a lot of different foods in the Netherlands that you haven’t tried before. Try everything you can! You are sure to come across a lot of newfound loves like poffertjes, small fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour. Typically served with powdered sugar and butter, these bites of heaven are sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth.
You must also try bitterballen, the self-proclaimed best snack in the world. Bitterballen are deep-fried crispy rounds with a savoury filling traditionally made with beef, the perfect snack to accompany your beer of choice.
Raw herring is also something every newbie should try at least once. Ask for a “broodje haring” to get the fish served in a small sandwich with pickles and onions.
2. Visit the Netherlands’ top museums
For art lovers, a visit to the world-famous Van Gogh Museum will be a must. Here, you’ll find the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh works in the world.
The Rijksmuseum should also be on the top of your list. The building itself is a beauty, dating back to the height of Dutch Neoclassicism. Recognised as the largest museum in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum houses over 1 million artefacts and many priceless masterpieces. All making it well worth the visit.
Anne Frank House is a key place to visit for many. A memorial museum with a story that everyone has heard. Dedicated to Anne Frank, her family and other victims of the Holocaust. This is definitely one to visit at some point during your time in the Netherlands.
3. Enjoy Dutch nature
On a sunny day, visit one of the Netherlands’ many national parks. For example, visit the Hoge Veluwe National Park, where you can admire unique landscapes and animals. Covering 5.400 hectares, the Hoge Veluwe is the largest privately-owned nature reserve. It’s full of rabbits, deer, and various other animals, including some endangered species.
Another great sightseeing tip is the Keukenhof Gardens, often referred to as “The Garden of Europe”. This is the second largest flower garden in the world. There will be a grand floral landscape for you to enjoy when you arrive, as well as flower shows, parades and markets. The best time of year to visit the Keukenhof is in the spring, when the fields are in full bloom.
4. Get yourself a bicycle
Many people choose to explore the country by bicycle. Renting a bike is easy, relatively inexpensive and will help you to get around quicker. You will need valid identification to rent one, so make sure you bring your ID with you. Grab a guidebook and discover some of the local cultural spots. To understand the local culture is to appreciate the history of the place that you now call home.
Consider a trip to Groningen, described as “the world’s most bike-friendly city”, where cars are banned from the centre. There are 10.000 bicycle parking spots at the railway station alone, so you’ll easily fit in with the locals.
5. Visit the canals
Dating back to the 17th Century, canals are a key feature of many Dutch cities. They are also still used for local upkeep and transport. One such city which is worth a visit is Giethoorn, known as the “Venice of the Netherlands”. Boats are the main source of transport in this town, giving it a true fairytale feel.
Of course, there is a lot more to see and do in the Netherlands. As with your new adventure, this is only the beginning!
Planning on moving to the Netherlands? Crown Relocations has been helping families and individuals relocate internationally for over fifty years! They offer a variety of services to make sure you feel at home in no time.