Where can you find some strange events in the Netherlands? These are my top 3 traditional Dutch festivals involving orange hats, herring for breakfast and single men holding hands.
It was a warm and sunny Friday afternoon. I was waiting for my participants at Delft station. We would do a family bike tour Delft and surroundings. I looked at the big digital clock on the busplatform. They were late. Read more
Rain. Companion for life. It was not invited at the party of this small city of summer festivals in Utrecht region, but still it came. It didn’t matter, people were enchanted by the street theatre and the international festival was a huge success.
Drums Brought Me To Woerden
Music attracts people like honey to bees. From afar I could hear the beats of the drum and it was as if my OV-fiets was put under a spell. I’ve never been faster in locating a moving music band. I was immediately engulfed in the group of spectators that were dancing on the upbeat rhythm of the samba band. Big raindrops came down, but we weren’t bothered by it, summer music brought a tropical atmosphere in the city centre of Woerden
City of summer festivals 2016
In summer the small city of Woerden turns into a city of summer festivals. Hardly a weekend goes by without some food event, concert, or artistic performance. Yesterday, 25 June 2016, street artists from all around the world took over the city. Together they showed how diverse street theatre can be. Hendrik Jan de Stuntman was slightly confronting, Funny Hats was creative, Fjarno the Parno taught us something about commercial spirit, Le Ballerine brought a magical dance on stilts, while Parasolo used the stilts to tell us about friendship. Then there was Medusa’s World full of fairytale like creatures and many many more amazing artists using movements, gestures and facial expressions to tell their story.
Final scene: the artist uses words to introduce himself.
“I chose this job because I like it. The real job is my life. I thank you for coming, in rain, in non-rain.”
Luca Belleza, Italian street artist and master in threads and balloons.
City of Summer festival agenda
A wonderful day full of wonders in Woerden. Take a look at the city agenda to see which events and festivals are coming up in this summer festival city. Just a sneak peek:
Saturday 2 July: Food festival Straatvoer Woerden
Saturday 9 July: Music Festival Dedicated Outdoor
Friday 12 August till Saturday 20 August: Friends & Family Festival Woerdense Vakantie Week
Never visited the city of Woerden and its surroundings or are all your friends on holiday? On Saturday 2 July Verita’s Visit organises the Culture & Cheese Tour Woerden, an all senses experience full of food, culture, history and nature. With this activity and the small challenge you can do, you easily connect with locals and other travellers, so you can visit the food festival together afterwards. You can easily request more information or book by following the link above or sending an email to travel(@)veritasvisit.nl
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If you are still looking for a great summer destination I have a tip for you. Make a city trip in the Netherlands! Now, I know that many of you will be surprised that I give this suggestion given the fact that I absolutely adore the Dutch countryside, nature and . Well, I have to tell you a secret.
A non-touristy Dutch city in Utrecht Region
Many cities in the Netherlands are actually quite small. Take Woerden, a Dutch city in Utrecht region I recently discovered myself. It has around 52.000 inhabitants and it still has this village feeling. Visit this place on a Saturday, when the local farmers & cheese market takes place and you’ll still be able to walk around without being crushed by groups of tourists. It really is a perfect example of village feeling of a Dutch city.
Starting point of Dutch countryside adventures
Woerden is also the capital of what we call the Green Heart, a nature area in the middle of the main cities of Utrecht, Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. That means Woerden is surrounded by nature. The typical Dutch landscapes of polders with the black-and-white cows are just around the corner. Go on a bike ride or a walk and you’ll be amazed by the setting of the peaceful villages located near the river Rhine with their small cottages and homey feel. Best thing is that Woerden is also a short trainride away from Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Gouda. Should you miss the big city life.
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