Hang's favorite city in the Netherlands each season
‘Hang In There’ is a weekly series hosted by our Marketing & Communication intern: Hang Vu. After 2 years of studying in the Netherlands, Hang wants to share her most honest experiences with other internationals who are also living in the Netherlands generally and in Eindhoven specifically.
It's almost the end of 2021! And for my twelfth column, I think nothing is more suitable than writing a wrap-up about my favorite spots in the Netherlands during each season. I have to admit that each city and each province is gorgeous in its way throughout the year, but all the names mentioned below would be my answers if someone asks me "where should I visit while I'm in the Netherlands during spring/summer/autumn/winter?".
When the blooming season starts in the Netherlands, what is the first thing that comes up to your mind? Tulips, right? For those who have not known yet, the tulip season only takes place around 4 weeks, from the beginning of April to May. During this period, hundreds of tulip fields are waiting for you to take pictures with across the Netherlands.
And my choice for spring is not Lisse, where the world-famous Keukenhof lies, but a small town in the Flevoland province called Zeewolde. Unlike Keukenhof in Lisse, where tickets are on sale and there are a lot of different routes to discover, bulb fields in Zeewolde are more popular among the locals, and they are open for free to visit! In Flevoland, you can also find many colorful tulip gardens in nearby cities, such as Lelystad, Dronten, and Noordoostpolder.
My tulip moment in Zeewolde this year.
I know about Zeewolde thanks to a Vietnamese photographer who has been living in the Netherlands for nearly 10 years. Her husband introduced her to this place, then she takes her clients here to capture the ‘tulip moments’ every year. The only disadvantage of Zeewolde is that it is quite hard to visit by public transport. To reach there, you would need a car, or a bike if you live close by!
Summer: Den Haag
Den Haag (or The Hague) has always had a spot in my heart as one of the best cities in the Netherlands, but there are several reasons why I spent my hot summer days in Den Haag twice over the past 2 years.
For me, summer is no longer summer if there is no beach time. And speaking of beaches in the Netherlands, it would be such a big loss if Scheveningen in Den Haag is missing from the to-go list. As one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, Den Haag offers visitors quite a lot of activities before and after going to the beach. I can choose from wandering around Chinatown for an Asian food tour to shopping in the city center of Den Haag.
I like traveling and I do that quite frequently over the year. However, I realize that when the first leaves on the tree turn yellow and the autumn breeze starts running around every corner, my favorite moment is to be immersed in the autumn vibe of my hometown in the Netherlands – Eindhoven. After a long day of working or studying, going for a walk in the park, or cycling around the city center while observing the changes in nature is definitely my healing therapy.
Here is it, the holiday season, 'the most beautiful time of the year'. When it comes to winter, there are two things that immediately pop up in my head: Black Friday and Christmas. And I always enjoy this period in the Netherlands by traveling to the south of the country and visiting Roermond - a small town which belongs to Limburg province.
For shopaholics, it is a must to visit Roermond at least one time during your stay in the Netherlands. Why? Because it has the biggest shopping outlet in the Benelux (Belgium – Netherlands – Luxemburg) region called McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Roermond. Here, you will find 20 restaurants and nearly 200 stores, from mid-end beauty brands to high-end fashion designers like Gucci, Burberry, Versace, etc. In the sale season, stores at Designer Outlet Roermond also have extra promotions on the outlet products.
Designer Outlet Roermond looks really festive during the holiday season.
Since this is a shopping paradise, I would recommend you spend at least a day here if you want to go to every store at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Roermond. But be prepared because it is large enough to make your feet tired after wandering the entire day!