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Gorgeous bookstores and libraries in the Netherlands

Details: The American Book Store was started by two Americans in 1971. The current 48-member staff represents more than 700 years of combined bookselling …

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Heavenly Holland It's all about the Netherlands

Details: Book a flight Book a room Buy travel guides and maps. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. Heavenly Holland. RECENT POSTS. The oldest 4-star hotel in The Hague: Hotel Corona 19/04/2020; Watch out for oak processionary caterpillars 21/06/2019; The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest after 44 …

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Travel guides and books about the Netherlands Heavenly

Details: Looking for travel guides and books about the Netherlands? Discover the most practical travel guides and useful books recommended by Heavenly Holland!

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Hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes in the

Details: Search & book. Booking.com. Here is a little help on choosing the perfect hotel room. The rise of online booking has made finding hotels easier than ever. Everybody has different demands and expectations and with a bit of research, it is possible to book the perfect room to suit your every need. 1. Book as early as possible

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Backpacks and school books on flagpoles Heavenly Holland

Details: Did you know it is a tradition to hang your backpack and school books on a flagpole outside your home when you graduate from high school? This month tens of thousands of students will get their exam results.

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Open call for guest bloggers Heavenly Holland

Details: Book Online. Flights to the Netherlands; Hotels in the Netherlands; Travel Guides; Open call for guest bloggers. Guest bloggers welcome Heavenly Holland is inviting tourists, expats and international students to share their stories, experiences, adventures and opinions. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced blogger or you have zero

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The tallest woman in the Netherlands Heavenly Holland

Details: The tallest woman in the Netherlands. Did you know that Martine Balster is the tallest woman (2.05m) in the Netherlands? Although she outgrew her father (1.98m) she is …

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Patricia Paay: Playboy's oldest model ever Heavenly Holland

Details: Patricia Paay: Playboy’s oldest model ever. Did you know that Patricia Paay is the oldest model ever to pose for Playboy? The singer and glamour personality posed for the Dutch edition of the magazine in 2009 at the age of 60. This was her third photo shoot, she had already posed for the erotic magazine in 1984 and 1996.

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The Netherlands from International Space Station

Details: The Netherlands as seen from space. photo: Jeff Williams. Did you know that astronaut Jeff Williams took an awesome photo of the Netherlands all the way

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Pyramids in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Details: Pyramids in Amsterdam. Did you know that the Pyramids housing complex on Marcanti Island in Amsterdam not only refers to the Egyptian wonders of the world but also to Amsterdam’s stepped gables as well as the triangular of Marcanti Island? TAGS. Amsterdam. North Holland. Off The Beaten Track. Heavenly Holland.

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Buy a book and ride the train for free on Sunday 18 March 2018

Details: The e-book has a square barcode on one of the first pages. Dutch Book Week. The Book Week (‘Boekenweek’ in Dutch) is an annual event to promote reading Dutch books. The Dutch Railways (NS) is the main sponsor of the Boekenweek. Over the years the free day of train travel has become a tradition.

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Larger-than-life bookcase in Amsterdam Oud-West Heavenly

Details: Did you know that each book in this giant bookcase weighs about 25kg? This artwork in Amsterdam Oud-West is part of a neighbourhood where many streets are named after historical Dutch authors and poets. The facade library measures 2.5 by 7.5 meters and consists of 250 ceramic ‘books’ bearing titles of works from those authors and poets.

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The oldest existing windmill in the Netherlands Heavenly

Details: The oldest existing windmill in the Netherlands. Did you know that the tower mill in Zeddam is the oldest existing windmill in the Netherlands? The windmill is most likely built before the year 1441 and to this day still in use for grinding wheat.

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Artis: The oldest zoo in the Netherlands Heavenly Holland

Details: The zoo in the center of Amsterdam was founded in 1838 and houses around 900 species of animals and over 200 tree species today. Enjoy a day out on a fun trip that combines Artis Zoo with an amazing canal cruise along canal-side houses and the Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River. Departure near Amsterdam Central Station all year round.

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The UnDutchables

Details: Did you know that the book 'The UnDutchables' offers a humerous portrayal of Dutch life and habits? The first edition was published in 1989 and is

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Elfstedentocht 1963: 'The Hell of 1963' Heavenly Holland

Details: Elfstedentocht 1963: ‘The Hell of 1963’. Did you know that only 1% of the ice skaters of the Elfstedentocht (‘Eleven Cities Tour’) on 18 January 1963 reached the finish due severe weather conditions? Today 50 years ago the temperature dropped down to -18°C and many contestants suffered from snow blindness. The winner of the famous

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Meanings of the position of the sails of a windmill

Details: When the upper sail has been fixed after having passed through the highest position, it means that the culminating point has been passed and life is going downhill, meaning that there is a reason for mourning (image below right). Leaving the sails locked in a ‘+’ position means that the miller is taking a rest for a short period of time

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Cuypers Library inside Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam Heavenly

Details: Did you know that the Cuypers Library (inside Rijksmuseum) is the largest public art history research library in the Netherlands? Since 1885 books, catalogues and annual reports relating to the Rijksmuseum have been collected without interruption.

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KLM's longest non-stop flight Heavenly Holland

Details: KLM’s longest non-stop flight. Did you know that the flight between Amsterdam and Buenos Aires is KLM’s longest non-stop flight? KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently resumed the service to Argentina which covers more than 11,000km in about 14 hours. Back in 1946 when KLM first started flying to Buenos Aires on a Douglas DC-4, there were

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The Netherlands is a very densely populated country

Details: The Netherlands is a very densely populated country. Did you know that only Bangladesh, South Korea and Taiwan have a higher population density than the Netherlands? The Netherlands is a very densely populated country with 406 people per km².

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All time favorite licorice Kokindjes invented by mistake

Details: Did you know that back in the old days licorice (‘drop’ in Dutch) was not a candy but a medicine to cure a sore throat and cold? Drop was always hard until in 1967 a mistake was made at the Katja drop factory in ‘s-Heerenberg in Gelderland.By accident all the manufactured drop came out soft.

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Castle De Haar popular by Japanese tourists Heavenly Holland

Details: Castle De Haar popular by Japanese tourists. Did you know that Castle De Haar near Utrecht is popular by Japanese tourists who come to admire the carrier coach of the woman of a Japanese Shogun? The castle has 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms and some rooms are open to the public. The castle is surrounded by a park which reminds of the French gardens

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Fietsstad Houten: the best Bicycle City of 2018 Heavenly

Details: About Houten. Houten is a commuter town about 15km southeast of Utrecht city. The municipality of Houten has 49,395 inhabitants (April 2017). There are two railway stations: Houten and Houten Castellum. Both stations are served by local trains to Utrecht (northbound) and Geldermalsen/Tiel (southbound). There are also two castles near Houten

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The oldest windmill in the Netherlands Heavenly Holland

Details: The oldest windmill in the Netherlands. photo: Bram van Broekhoven. Did you know the oldest still existing Dutch windmill dates back to around 1630? The Doesburgermolen is located in between Ede and Lunteren. Address: Doesburgermolenweg 2. 6718 VG Ede. More info: www.doesburgermolen.nl.

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Dutch towns with names ending in lo(o), (h)em and um

Details: Dutch towns with names ending in ‘lo (o)’, ‘ (h)em’ and ‘um’. photo: Dokkum, Friesland. Did you know that many Dutch towns and cities with names ending in ‘lo (o)’, ‘ (h)em’ and ‘um’ often date back more than 1000 years?

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Dreaming of a white Christmas in the Netherlands

Details: A white Christmas (‘witte Kerst’ in Dutch) has only occured 8 times since 1901, the year our country started keeping track of snow during Christmas. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) a white Christmas is defined as having a complete covering of snow at the KNMI headquarters in De Bilt on both Christmas Days

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The Dutch love to complain about the weather Heavenly

Details: Complaining about the weather. photo: Hollandse Hoogte. Did you know that the Dutch love to complain about the weather? It is either too hot, too cold, too windy or it rains too much.

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Dutch Mona Lisa by Johannes Vermeer Heavenly Holland

Details: Dutch Mona Lisa by Vermeer. Did you know that the painting ‘The girl with a pearl earring’ by Johannes Vermeer has an estimated value of €300,000,000? The painting is also known as Dutch Mona Lisa and is housed at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. TAGS. Dutch Painters & …

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Beatrix' hairdo resembles two lion paws Heavenly Holland

Details: Beatrix’ hairdo resembles two lion paws. Did you know that Queen Beatrix (1938) has been sporting the same hairstyle ever since she was a teenager? Her majesty’s hairdo was designed by Frenchman Alexandre de Paris and is resembling two lion paws.

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North/South Line: Archaeological gold mine Heavenly Holland

Details: North/South Line. The North/South Line is an important transport artery from the suburbs in Amsterdam North, via the city center to Amsterdam Zuid Station. The North/South Line will run every 4 minutes during peak hours, with 5-minute intervals during the day and 10-minute intervals in the evening. The eight stations along the route are Station

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7 reasons to visit Friesland this summer Heavenly Holland

Details: 1. Summertime on the beach. The many Frisian lakes, coastline and islands are popular with both locals and tourists. On sunny days some beaches are bustling with kids splashing in the water and families having picnics. Other beaches are more quiet and people and the bird population may outnumber people. Take a ferry across the Wadden Sea to one

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Reenactment of the Eighty Year War in Brielle Heavenly

Details: Did you know that each year on 1 April the people of Brielle reenact the capture of the fortification from the Spanish troops during the Eighty Year War

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The remarkable story of the Binnenhof Fountain Heavenly

Details: The fountain was a gift from 86 prominent The Hague citizens as a token of appreciation for the restoration of the facade of the Ridderzaal (Knight’s Hall) back in 1879. The fountain was primarily meant to honour King Willem II, the founder of the Binnenhof. At first the Dutch government was hesitant to accept the gift because of the high

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The Netherlands is a small country Heavenly Holland

Details: The Netherlands is a small country. The Netherlands is a small country with a size of 41,848 km2. The distance from north to south measures 300km and from east to west only 180km. That is 10 times smaller than neighbouring country Germany. China …

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Keukenhof: How to get there by public transport Heavenly

Details: Keukenhof: How to get there by public transport. Take a train to Schiphol Airport, Leiden Central or Haarlem. From there you can take a direct bus to Keukenhof. The bus stops are within walking distance to the main entrance of the park. Keukenhof Express …

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Blowing mid-winter horns to ward off evil spirits

Details: During sunset farmers take long horns made from hollow elder-tree branches and blow them while standing over water wells to amplify the sound. Some say the mid-winter horn is used to herald the coming of Christ while others believe it is blown to ward off evil spirits.

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Natural sand dunes in the middle of the Netherlands

Details: Natural sand dunes far away from the beach. photo: Alex Verweij. Did you know that you can hike natural dunes in the middle of the Netherlands, about 60km away from the sea? The open sand flats of Soesterduinen are one of the few places in the Netherlands with drift sand. There are signposted walking and cycling trails of various lengths.

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Effective BOB campaign against drink-driving Heavenly

Details: The campaign in the Netherlands has been very effective over the years. Just after the start of the campaign 4% of all motorists checked had drank too much alcohol, the number dropped down to 1.7% in 2015. Public opinion polls show that two-thirds of the Dutch say they make arrangements who stays sober and is the designated driver.

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Cheese production in the Netherlands Heavenly Holland

Details: Cheese production in the Netherlands. Did you know that the cheese production in the Netherlands is nearly 700 million kg per year? About a half is exported to …

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Hilarious carnival nicknames for Dutch cities and towns

Details: The carnival city names usually refers to a local history tale or trade related to its inhabitants. During carnival in Den Bosch you will see many people’s costumes featuring the traditional carnival colors red, white and yellow. Also expect frogs in any shape or form as the city’s carnival name Oeteldonk translates into something like

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Lieke Martens voted UEFA Women's Player of the Year

Details: Lieke Martens voted UEFA Women’s Player of the Year. Did you know that Dutch soccer player Lieke Martens was named UEFA Women’s Player of the Year tonight? Cristiano Ronaldo won his third UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award in four seasons. The awards were handed out tonight at the Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco. Congrats

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Chocolate consumption in the Netherlands Heavenly Holland

Details: Chocolate consumption in the Netherlands. photo: Ramon Mangold. Did you know that the Dutch indulge in about 5kg of chocolate per year on average? TAGS. Dutch Food & Drinks. Previous article Bokito: The most famous primate of the Netherlands. Next article Flowers from the Netherlands. Heavenly Holland.

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Creator of Guess Who

Details: The creator of Guess Who? went to school with Anne Frank. Did you know that the creator of Guess Who? went to highschool with Anne Frank? Theo Costers (born 1932) survived World War II in hiding and moved to Tel Aviv after the war, where he and …

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The first person to ride a bicycle in Bali, Indonesia

Details: The first person to ride a bicycle in Bali. Did you know that the first person to ride a bicycle in Bali was Dutch artist W.O.J. Nieuwenkamp? Around 1900 he traveled around the island of Bali by bicycle as he went painting landscapes and portraits. Nieuwenkamp, nicknamed ‘the Wanderer’ is depicted on a relief carving at the temple Pura

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Hortus Bulborum: Unique spring flower garden Heavenly

Details: Groups of 10 people or more can book a tour guide in advance. Adopt a tulip. To support the work of Hortus Bulborum you can sponsor a tulip species, or another bulb plant. Around 100 species have been adopted already. The cost for sponsoring is €70 per year, with a minimum of 3 years. This includes unlimited free admission for two people, and

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The highest windmill in the world in Schiedam Heavenly

Details: photo: Bram van Broekhoven. Did you know that windmill De Noord in Schiedam is the highest classic windmill (33.3m) in the world? Today De Noord houses a restaurant but back in the days it serviced Schiedam’s gin-making industry. In 2006 the Nolet Distillery built another windmill nearby, which is 9m taller and used as the reception area for

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