Winteland Hoofddorp
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Winterland Hoofddorp

Experience a true winter wonderland at Winterland Hoofddorp. An ice rink in a fairytale atmosphere, crackling fireplaces, hot glühwein and delicious winter dishes. The Town Hall Square has been transformed into Winterland Hoofddorp. A place…
Nachttrein Haarlem_Amsterdam
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The night train between Haarlem and Amsterdam is a fact

On the night of Friday 16 to Saturday 17 December the long-cherished wish of many Haarlemmers will be fulfilled: Haarlem is connected to the night network of the Dutch Railways. ExpatsHaarlem is invited for the festive start, the very first…
Haarlem Connect 2016
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HAARLEM CONNECT 2016: THE EVE, THE MOVIE, THE PHOTOS

It was a night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. It was great to see you there. Here are the movie and the photos. Can't wait to see the movie or the photos? The Haarlem Connect…
Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016
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Haarlem Winter Beer Festival 2016

For the fifth time Winkeliersvereniging Raaks, Café Brilliant and Jopenkerk Haarlem join hands to organize the Haarlem Winter Beer Festival. The Haarlem Winter Beer Festival is this weekend, on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December, 2016.…
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Haarlem Connect 2016

A night full of interesting speakers, performances, the Information Plaza and meeting other internationals. Inspiration, information, social networking and fun!  Join the biggest connection event for internationals in the Haarlem area! Presentations, a…
tuschinski
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Amsterdam in the top 10 best European art deco cities

The American edition of The Guardian has proclaimed Amsterdam one of the best European cities for art deco design. Art deco’s straight lines and bold shapes were an expression of early-20th-century belief in technology and progress.…
taxi driver
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Taxi driver charges tourists €485 for Schiphol to Amsterdam trip

Last night a taxi driver in Amsterdam took a group of Chinese tourists hostage because they refused to pay 485 euros to take them from Schiphol airport to their hotel in the west of the city. ‘He said it was the normal amount,’…
over the edge swing.
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New: Europe’s highest swings and thrill ride in Amsterdam

Amsterdam now boasts Europe’s highest over the edge swing. The over the edge swing let’s you swing over the edge (what’s in a name) of the one hundred meter high Lookout Observation Deck situated on top of the A’DAM Toren (tower), opposite…
travelling abroad airport
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Travelling abroad with a minor child: check State rules

If you are travelling abroad with a minor child, you must take into account additional rules and extensive checks at the country borders. Check the information provided by the State to ensure your next holiday goes smoothly. Children now…
Greenjoy Boat Renting
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Greenjoy Boat Renting Summer 2016: Special € 20 Discount for expatsHaarlem readers & members

Wow, it’s amazing.. SUNNY WEATHER IN THE NETHERLANDS! Can you believe it? Why not making the most of it then? The weather forecast seems to be pretty awesome for the coming week! Let's hope even weeks! Are you – like many others – eager…
NS alert
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NS alert service for train passengers who forget to check out

Today Dutch railway company NS launched a service to alert rail travellers if they forget to check out with their public transport smart card (OV-kaart) after completing their journey. People who sign up for the service will receive an…
Bloemencorso
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Bloemencorso 2016 Flower Parade

Hey, did you know that the annual Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is starting soon? The Flower Parade is a parade of about twenty floats and more than thirty special floats, decorated with an abundance of flowers. The theme for 2016…
Keukenhof Gardens open till May 18th
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Keukenhof Gardens open from today till May 16th

Enjoy the fabulous sea of flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. With 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and probably the most beautiful spring park in the world.  Keukenhof Gardens…
Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground, is open
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Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground is open again

Speelparadijs Linnaeushof: the biggest playground of Europe! So close! Linnaeushof is located in Bennebroek, a 15 minute drive from Haarlem and Leiden, just some more from Amsterdam and The Hague.  During the whole season (April till…
Pillow Fight (Photo: Pillow Fight Facebook Page)
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Pillow fight!

Hey, did you know its international Pillow Fight day coming up soon? If you relish the thought of being whacked repeatedly by a pillow then you should check this out.  The global event is organised by, ‘The Urban Playground Movement.’ ‘One…
Keukenhof (Photo Katie Joy)
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How I survived Keukenhof

Are you planning on visiting the world’s largest spring flower garden? If yes, then this is the article for you!  Keukenhof is a great family day out, even if you don’t like flowers. Here is my survival guide. Be prepared for crowds.…
Bike
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My First Dutch Bike

I am London born and raised. The only people who cycled in London are brave and perhaps a little reckless. I was certainly not one of them. I had no need to cycle in London. I had buses, trains and the tube. So coming to live in the Netherlands…
Greenjoying Loosdrechtse Plassen
Dutch holiday maker has more often sex
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Dutch holiday maker has more often sex

Nearly three-quarters of the Dutch have more sex on holiday than at home. This results from a research of Radio 10 for the radio show Tim in the morning. In particular caravan owners profit of the holiday atmosphere: 90 percent of them say…
Taking perfect photos in sunshine [The person on the photo has given their written permission for ExpatsHaarlem to use the photo in the article.]
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Taking perfect photos in sunshine

It is no secret that taking photos during sunshine can be difficult. In full manual mode, it’s not difficult to get an OK result. But for those that are a little picky, wanting correct colors and exposure, it can on a sunny day be challenging…
Travelling
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10 Tips to Save Money when Travelling

Do you want budget travel tips for free? Would you like to travel more often without breaking the bank? If you are at all interested, read on to find out how you can do simple things to save money next time you go on vacation. 1. Go Off-Season It’s…
Italian mistakes
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6 embarrassing mistakes to avoid in Italian

Learning Italian or planning to exercise your Italian during your holidays? Italian can be a minefield for well-intentioned non native speakers. Don't make yourself a laughing-stock and check out our list of six of the most embarrassing mistakes…
NS Actie
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Kids Free: kids travel unlimited and for free on NS trains

With the Kids Free Subscription 3 children of 4/11-years-old travel for free and unlimited with you on weekends and during the week on the NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen/Dutch train net) . The advantages of Kids Free Applies on weekends…
Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground, is open
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Summer tip: Linnaeushof, Europe's biggest playground

Speelparadijs Linnaeushof: the biggest playground of Europe! So close! Linnaeushof is located in Bennebroek, a 15 minute drive from Haarlem, 20 from Leiden, just some more from Amsterdam and The Hague.  During the whole season (April…
Barcelona GO!
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Barcelona GO!

BARCELONA in Flow Motion - A fast moving short film.... TOO COOL! Gold prize winner at Timelapse Showfest 2014. 1 million plays within 5 days of launch. Commissioned by the Catalan Tourism Board, this fast moving, short film showcases the…
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Windowless Planes

A UK developer is working on replacing airplane windows with windowless walls like in cargo planes. The only difference is that the inside of the newly designed planes would be totally covered in video screens. What's more, this will bring down…
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The first Sand Hotel opens in the Netherlands

You've heard of the ice hotels that have recently opened in cold areas in the world, but you've probably never heard of a sand hotel. Always dreamed of living (or at least sleeping) in a sandcastle? Well now it's your chance! Is the hotel…
HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe
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HAARLEM nr 8 of the most romantic small towns in Europe

World of Wanderlust just published the top 13 most romantic small towns in Europe: Haarlem in the Netherlands is among them and scored the 8th position. My beloved Cinque Terre are nr. 4. According to World of Wanderlust if you need of…
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Rotterdam The Hague Airport is worth a try

Recently I wanted to take a trip to Budapest but was outraged that it was going to cost about €400 to fly from Schiphol with KLM. I checked Eindhoven Airport and there the prices were much better and I could buy a round trip for around €60.…
Amalfi
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26 Places to Visit Before you Die

Last month online magazine Architecture & Design has made a ranking of their 26 Places to Visit Before you Die. 2 of them are in the Netherlands, very close: Amsterdam and Lisse. Such gorgeous places... I have visited some, others are…