History

The Atlantic Wall: the remnants of Nazis on the Dutch coast

You might have noticed concrete bunkers in the dunes along The Hague's coastline, ominously pointing out toward...

Lucia de Berk: the Dutch nurse who was wrongfully imprisoned for six years

Lucia de Berk, better known to the media as Lucia de B., is a licensed pediatric nurse...

Meet Mata Hari: the famous Dutch First World War spy

Though the world knows her by her stage name Mata Hari, she was actually born Margaretha Geertruida...

Oliebollen: the traditional (and delicious) Dutch New Year’s snack

As this year draws to a close, millions of oliebollen will be baked and eaten in the...

“Mother of 1001 children”: the resistance heroine who saved thousands from the Nazis

Truus Wijsmuller, or “Auntie Truus” as she was also known, dedicated her life to helping children affected...

Begijnhof: Amsterdam’s worst-kept secret in the heart of the city centre

Nestled in the heart of Amsterdam lies a place that draws in tourists like Dutchmen to a...

Koek & zopie? Let’s talk Dutch ice skating drinks — the fail edition

Last year was my first Dutch fall/winter, and I must admit to spending a lot of time...

What were Elfstedentochten really like? Vintage 50s video in full colour inside!

There are some things we wish would make a comeback: flip phones, playing in the street, and...