The Netherlands

The Flag of Netherlands

Good to know about The Netherlands

Now that I’ve lived half a year in the Netherlands, I can finally sum up some of the things that I’ve learned of the mysterious Dutch. Many everyday things are very similar to those in Finland and English language is spoken well in everywhere. This summary is from a Finnish point of view and deals with The Hague (Den Haag), and other nearby cities, as Amsterdam is a completely different topic. But anyways, here are some things that are good to know from the Netherlands. I’m not going to make BuzzFeed style listing or numbering, so topics below are in no particular order.

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Malakkastraat

From My Home Street to The Hague Beach

Malakkastraat – My Home Street

My current living quarters in The Hague are located at Malakkastraat in the Archipelbuurt district. It’s a quiet neighborhood without shopping streets, but still within a 15 minutes walk from the City Center. Almost at backyard is a nice park or forest named Scheveningse Bosjes (Woods). Great place to jog and walk your dog. Wherever you walk the canals as a signposts. I took some photos from the surrounding streets and parks, enjoy.

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The City of Peace and Justice

The Hague is not the constitutional capital of The Netherlands (it’s Amsterdam). But it is the home of The Dutch Government, Parliament, Supreme Court, Council of State, Embassies, International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court plus a ton of different EU agencies. One of the biggest sights to see is Binnenhof, which is next to a small pond called Hofvijver. Binnenhof is a Gothic castle built in the 13th century. Pictures of The Binnenhof and Hofvijver right below.

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I amsterdam

First things first – Amsterdam

The must have tourist photo in front of the I amsterdam.

After arriving Schiphol Airport we took the Bus 197 (ticket 5€) near to Vondelpark.  Our Hotel (Hotel City Garden Amsterdam) was very cozy and in a walking distance from the city center. Special delight was for the excellent breakfast. Due our quick stoping (2 nights) at Amsterdam we decided to walk around the city and get the feeling of it.

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