Interesting Things to Do While Studying Abroad In the Netherlands
The Netherlands is an increasingly popular study destination for many international students. Whether for bachelor degrees or a Master or PhD, transparency is a major component in the Netherlands’ education system, allowing students to enjoy optimum study experience. On top of that, there are many interesting things to do while study abroad in the Netherlands, here are some of the highlights:
Must Go Amsterdam – Cycle in the Morning, Dancing in the Night
The largest city and the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is also one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world. Take part in this interesting bicycle culture and explore the city on two wheels. Stop over at the Van Gogh museum to look at some of the legendary paintings, including Aardappeleters (The Potato Eaters) and Zonnebloemen (Sunflowers). At night, it will be hard to resist the temptations of countless bars, pubs, restaurants and discotheques such as the Escape and Club Home.
Must See Keukenhof – The Garden of Europe
Keukenhof is all about seeing flowers in a big way. Situated near Lisse and southwest of Amsterdam, Keukenhof is the largest flower garden in the world with countless tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more. Simply a must-go for everyone. Look 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
With previous gigs that featured amazing artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys and Jamiroquai, the North Sea Jazz Festival is an exciting event that takes place in July. Accommodating all jazz styles from traditional jazz to funk, soul and hip-hop, the North Sea Jazz Festival is definitely a great place to be with friends!
Nearest universities & colleges: The Eramus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam University, University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands Maritime University
Antiquities & Poetry at Leiden
Leiden is a beautiful, old city that is also the Netherlands few true student towns with a vibrant student population. One of the most important museum cities in the country, Leiden’s National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) is home to an impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities while the National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis) features fascinating specimens from extinct animals, including bones from a Dodo. All major museums are within 10-15 minutes walk from the central station. Another fun way to explore the city is the paper guide tour or Muurgedichten - where more than 80 poems from all over the world are painted on the walls of houses in Leiden. Reading poetry will never be the same again.
Have Some Cheese at the Alkmaar Cheese Market
Alkmaar is a historical city situated 40km north-west of Amsterdam (about 35-40 minutes by train from Amsterdam) and famously known for the Alkmaar Cheese Market, held every Friday morning in Spring and Summer, from 10.00 to 12.30. If you love Cheese, then a visit to the market is a must. While you’e at it, swing by the Cheese Museum, open from March to November.
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