Nex Monday is Kingsday in the Netherlands. On this day we celebrate the birthday of the king Willem-Alexander. Normally his birthday is the biggest party of the year, but unfortunately this year will be a bit different. But there is a plan to celebrate and honor the king: sing the Dutch anthem all together at … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? The Dutch anthem
Carrots are on the menu for ages. But originally carrots didn't have the orange color that they have right now. Back in the Middle Ages carrots were mostly puple, white and yellow. In the 17th century the orange carrot became more popular. At that time, Willem van Oranje got the power in the Netherlands. As … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? Carrots and their orange color
'Drop' might be the most famous candy in the Netherlands. First of all because of the black color that doesn't make it that attractive to eat, and second of all because of the taste. 'Drop' already existed in the 7th century but till the 17th century is wasn't used as a candy. People mainly used … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? – The Dutch and ‘drop’
The colors of the Dutch flag are symbols: red stands for the people, white for the church and blue for the nobility. The Dutch flag has its roots in 16th century when Willem van Oranje used it in the Dutch war of Independence. At that time the flag wasn't red, white, blue but orange, white, … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? The red, white, blue of the Dutch flag
Not only the Dam Palace is built on wooden poles, but the whole city of Amsterdam is. The reason for this is that the soil of Amsterdam consists of peat on which the construction of houses and buildings is impossible. A foundation of wooden poles made it possible to built a whole city! There is … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? The story of Amsterdam built on wooden poles
You might know the story that the Inuit have different words for snow, but do you also know that the Dutch have many words for rain? When it is raining, it can be 'motregen', 'een stortbui', 'een buitje' or 'het komt met bakken uit de lucht vallen'. There is 'slagregen', 'stromende regen' or 'het regen … Meer lezen over Rain in the Netherlands: how many words for rain do you know?
A new fun fact on Friday. It sounds strange to eat a biscuit with mices but it is a tradition in the Netherlands. It began in the 18th century when people believed that anice would stimulate the milk production of the mother. That's why they coated anice seeds with sugar to celebrate that the mother … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? Why the Dutch eat ‘beschuit met muisjes’
From now on Friday will be Fun Fact Friday. Every Friday a new fun fact about the Netherlands. Today the first one. Did you know that..? Out of all these bicycle lanes, the most busy ones are located in the city center of Utrecht. Thousands of people cross by bike over Smakkelaarsveld every day. Also … Meer lezen over Did you know that…? Bicycle lanes in the Netherlands