Aside from the beautiful river Maas/Meuse, old and new bridges, and the well-known Vrijthof Square and its medieval and Gothic churches, Maastricht is also home to 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten) and lots of ruins, watermills and canals. One will find the contrast between modern structures and well-preserved sites really fascinating — even making Maastricht a … More MAASTRICHT: A sightseeing tour around the medieval city
Maastricht is a river city located on both sides of the river Meuse/Maas. It is debated as the oldest city in the Netherlands, serving as a Roman settlement and a medieval religious center. Today, it is a modernized, industrialized city housing 1677 national heritage sites (Rijksmonumenten). It is the birthplace of the European Union, the … More MAASTRICHT: A city of “joie de vivre”!
Château Neercanne is a Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant located in Maastricht, a province bordering the Netherlands and Belgium. While my friend and I didn’t get to eat there, we still managed to get a glimpse of the only terraced castle in the Netherlands. The scenery from the castle was astounding! It is surrounded by a … More MAASTRICHT: Château Neercanne – The only terraced castle in the Netherlands
A visit to the Netherlands is never complete without experiencing the 19 authentic windmills, a unique Dutch icon, located in Kinderdijk, a little village in the province of South Holland. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. A big part of the province is situated up to 7 meters below sea … More KINDERDIJK: The largest concentration of old authentic windmills in the Netherlands
The Euromast, an observation tower built between 1958 and 1960, stands tall in the port city of Rotterdam in South Holland. Designed by Hugh Maaskant, it was constructed for the international flower exhibition and garden festival held every 10 years in the Netherlands. 185 meters in height, including the space tower added on top of … More ROTTERDAM: The Euromast, a proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers
The Netherlands is one of my favorite countries! The name literally means “Low Country”, that is, it has been prone to flooding since the beginning of time. But with that problem came the Dutch admirable innovation — they built dams and canals and other flood control systems. The Dutch are not only remarkable for that. … More SPIJKENISSE: A glimpse of the Dutch way of life