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Interesting things to do in the Netherlands

Studying in the Netherlands this year? Want to know what are the things that you can do while you’re there? Read on to find out..

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More and more students are heading over to the Netherlands to further their education. One of the reasons behind this is the high level of transparency in the country’s education system.

Here are some things that you can do while studying abroad in the Netherlands.

 

Must Go Amsterdam – Cycle in the Morning, Dancing in the Night

 

Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands and one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world. Equipped with a complex network of bicycle pathways, you can get easily get from point A to point B on two wheels. Head over to the Van Gogh museum to view some of the famous paintings such as Aardappeleters (The Potato Eaters) and Zonnebloemen (Sunflowers). The city comes alive at night with plenty of pubs, bars, restaurants and discotheques that you can check out such as the Escape and Club Home.

Colleges and universities nearby: University of AmsterdamVU University Amsterdamthe Hogeschool van AmsterdamNew Business School, Amsterdam, Amsterdam School of the Arts

 

Must See Keukenhof – The Garden of Europe

 

Situated near Lisse and southwest of Amsterdam, Keukenhauf is all about flowers. They are home to the largest flower garden in the world, with thousands of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more. You must visit Keukenhauf when you’re in the country, keep an eye out for the Flower Bulb Weekend in October, the Summer Bulb Weekend and the Flower Parade in April and the Lily Show in May.

 

 

Jazz it Up at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam

 

This lively festival has featured talented artists such as Alicia Keys, Ella Fitzgerald and Jamiroquai. The North Sea Jazz Festival is an exciting event that takes place in July each year. Showcasing the whole gamut of jazz styles around the world from traditional jazz to funk, soul and hip hop, the festival is something that cannot be missed!

Colleges and universities nearby:  The Eramus University RotterdamRotterdam University, University of Applied SciencesNetherlands Maritime University

 

Antiquities & Poetry at Leiden

 

A beautiful, old city rich with history and culture, Leiden boasts a vibrant student population and is also one of the most important museum cities in the country. Leiden’s National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden), is home to a vast collection of Egyptian antiquities while the National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis) displays fascinating specimens from extinct animals, including bones from a Dodo. These, and all of the major museums are just a 10-15 minutes walk from the central station. Another enjoyable way to explore the city is through the paper guide tour or Muurgedichten- where you can find more than 80 poems from all over the world painted on the walls of houses in Leiden, how cool is that! The tour will change the way your read poetry.

Colleges and universities nearby: Leiden UniversityLeiden University College, The Hague

 

 

Have Some Cheese at the Alkmaar Cheese Market

 

Do you love cheese? Cause we do! Alkmaar is an ancient city that is located 40km north-west Amsterdam (approximately 35-40minutes from Amsterdam via train) and is where the well-known Alkmaar Cheese Market is located. The cheese market is open every Friday morning in Spring and Summer from 10am to 1230pm. Be sure to check it out and while you’re there mosey over to the Cheese Museum, which is open from March to November.

Colleges and universities nearby:  University of AmsterdamVU University Amsterdamthe Hogeschool van AmsterdamNew Business School, Amsterdam, Amsterdam School of the Arts

 

 

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