Netherlands Attractions and Culinary
At the Corpus Experience (website: www.corpusexperience.nl ) near Leiden you can travel through the human body and learn all sorts of interesting facts about the functioning of the internal organs and health. Visitors are guided through the Corpus Experience in groups, a tour lasts approximately 55 minutes. Children under the age of 6 are not admitted, a minimum age of 8 is recommended. Changing exhibitions take place in the associated medical information center.
Province of Groningen
The agricultural province of Groningen is known for its fortified country houses from the 14th century. The provincial capital and old Hanseatic city of Groningen has been of great economic importance for the north of the Netherlands and a cultural center for centuries. During World War II a large part of the city was destroyed, many buildings from the 16th-18th centuries were destroyed. Century have been fully restored.
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In the south-east of the Netherlands in the province of Limburg is the city of Maastricht with its well-preserved medieval architecture (website: www.vvv-maastricht.eu ). Maastricht is the oldest fortified city in the country. Absolutely worth seeing are the Basilica of Our Lady, the Servaasbasiliek (Servatiusbasilika) and the grottos on Sint-Pietersberg. Many international students live in the university town.
Hoge Veluwe National Park
The Hoge Veluwe National Park (website: www.hogeveluwe.nl ) near Arnhem is a large sandy area. The park is a popular destination with a zoo in the south and several museums. The Museonder is the world’s first underground museum where visitors can travel to the center of the earth. In the Kroller-Muller Museum (Internet: www.kmm.nl ) there is a 280-piece Van Gogh collection in addition to many modern sculptures and paintings. The admission ticket is valid for all attractions and the rental bikes for exploring the park are free.
The best way to explore the historic city of Gouda is through the cheese map, which takes visitors past all sorts of interesting sights related to cheese-making in this city. The map is available from the Tourist Information (Internet: www.vvvgouda.nl ). The town also has a clay pipe factory and a candle factory. In the city center is the late Gothic town hall with stained glass windows.
A rich culinary heritage comes from the former colonies of the Netherlands – the Indonesian rijstafel is universally popular and there are excellent Indonesian and Chinese or Surinamese restaurants, especially in Amsterdam, but also in other larger cities.
A typical Dutch breakfast (ontbijt) consists of several types of bread, rusks (beschuit), thin slices of cheese, ham, sausage, butter, peanut butter (pindakaas), jam or honey, honey cake (ontbijtkoek) and sometimes a boiled egg. The midday meal is called lunch and for working people often consists of bread, a cold meat and cheese platter and side dishes, e.g. B. Strammer Max (uitsmijter), omelette, quiche or salad. As a snack you can often get broodjes (buns) with all kinds of toppings, fries with mayonnaise and ketchup and fried chicken (kip) at fast food outlets. The main meals are usually eaten in the evening, including Erwtensoep (pea soup with bread), Groentensoep (clear soup with vegetables, vermicelli and meatballs), Hutspot (mashed potatoes, carrots and onions), Klapstuk (mix of minced and lean beef) and Boerenkool met Rookworst (kale and potatoes with smoked sausage). Seafood is generally excellent. A particular specialty is the buttery herring from Scheveningen, which you can get during the herring season (Hollandse Nieuwe) at food stalls across the country with onions and bread rolls. Especially on the coast you can find Gebakken Zeetong (fried sole), Lekkerbekjes (fried white fish), oysters, crabs, mussels, lobster and paling (eel smoked, filleted and on bread, chopped or fried). Popular sweet dishes are Flensjes or Pannekoeken (there are over 25 different types of pancakes),
Hotel and restaurant bills include 15% service charge and VAT. It is customary to leave some loose change. Taxi drivers expect a tip of around 10%.
Jenever (Dutch gin) is the local Klare, which is drunk chilled with beer or mixed with cola or vermouth. Jenever is also available with a fruit flavor (lemon or blackcurrant). The most popular brands are: Bols, Bokma, De Kuyper and Claeryn. Dutch beer is mostly Pilsener. The most popular beers in Amsterdam are Heineken and Amstel. Dutch liquors include Curaçao, Triple Sec (similar to Cointreau) and Parfait d’Amour. The local egg liqueur (Advocaat) is also well known.
Minimum age for consumption of alcoholic beverages
In the Netherlands, you can drink beer and wine from the age of 16 and spirits from the age of 18.