The Netherlands

Provinces of the Netherlands
Drenthe
Flevoland
Friesland
Gelderland
Groningen
Limburg
North Brabant
Overijssel
North Holland
South Holland
Utrecht
Zeeland
Cities & towns in the Netherlands
Amsterdam
Rotterdam
Den Haag
Utrecht
Eindhoven
Groningen
Tilburg
Almere
Breda
Nijmegen
Countries and seas neighbouring the Netherlands

North Sea

The Netherlands
Germany
Belgium
By Alwin Hendriks

Haringvlietbrug Sunset

The Netherlands – For me, this bridge – Haringvlietbrug – is very characteristic for the specific Dutch water landscape of the western parts of the Netherlands. I often drive over this bridge by car when I travel from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) to Brussels (Belgium). Sometimes I use it as a resting place, because of its…

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By Ruben Alexander

In the Borderland

GERMANY / THE NETHERLANDS – In the southern province of Limburg, on a narrow strip of land between the Meuse river and German border, lies the part of the Netherlands that somehow feels the least Dutch. I don’t know this region very well, and have gathered the photos of two of my rare visits to…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Dutch Midwest

THE NETHERLANDS – The Achterhoek, which roughly translates as ‘Back Corner’, is a region in the eastern Netherlands that borders Germany to the south and east. Relatively empty by Dutch standards and mostly known for agriculture, it has a reputation in the rest of the country similar to that of the Midwest in the United…

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By Ruben Alexander

My Side of Utrecht

THE NETHERLANDS – In this personal, nostalgic post, I hope to give you an impression (rather than an overview) of the eastern part of Utrecht, where I spent most of the first 26 years of my life. Born in a house not far behind the block on the right, this is my ‘home’ roundabout, and…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Green Heart of Holland

THE NETHERLANDS – In the middle of the Randstad, the densely populated area between the four biggest cities of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht), lies a region that was intentionally left as empty as it was before the country rapidly urbanised in the second half of the 20th century: Het Groene Hart,…

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By Ruben Alexander

A Rainy Day by the Rhine

THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is a country that was shaped by water. Not only by the sea, which made it possible to trade with far corners of the world, but also by the rivers that connect its neighbours to its ports. Much of the country surrounds the delta of  the Rhine and Meuse, two of the most important rivers in Western Europe. …

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By Ruben Alexander

Four seasons in the Maatpolder

THE NETHERLANDS – One of the country’s many polders, or areas with controlled water levels, the Maatpolder used to be on the coast of the Zuiderzee, a bay of the North Sea. But the Zuiderzee was closed off by the Afsluitdijk in 1932, transforming it into the Ijsselmeer. Part the Ijsselmeer was later drained, and the province of Flevoland arose on new land opposite the Maatpolder,

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