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There are many aspects of the culture of Netherlands such as their expertise in cheese-making, canal ways and traditional windmills and of course tulip cultivation, which are quite well known world over. But there are many more cultural nuances, customs and traditions about the Dutch that we may not be familiar with.
Today we bring you some interesting and cool facts about the Netherlands and Dutch culture and customs, which will prepare you for what you can expect when you visit this pretty fascinating European country. Having some prior knowledge and understanding about the cultural heritage of the Netherlands and its people can prove handy to avoid social faux pas and to better appreciate the many attractions and cultural activities you will see and participate in while visiting the land of the Dutch.
No, you will not find the reason for this in the national flag of the Netherlands. Bright orange is the jersey colour of the national sports teams of Netherlands. It is also a colour that the Dutch associate with strongly as it symbolises national pride. The reason for their fascination with orange can actually be traced to the historical and cultural roots of the country’s royalty. Orange is the colour of the Dutch monarchy that hails from the House of Orange.
In a completely separate yet colour related context, in the 16th century Dutch farmers cross-bred and developed orange carrots for the first time that were then introduced to the rest of the world.
Believe it or not the famous tulips of Amsterdam are not indigenous to the Netherlands. In fact tulips were imported into the Netherlands from Turkey in the 16th century. Today of course the country is synonymous with tulips and is the world’s largest exporter of this exotic slender flower. Netherlands even celebrates an annual National Tulip Day in January, marking the official beginning of the tulip season that runs from March to May.
Don’t miss a visit to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens near Amsterdam to witness the breathtaking sight of 800 different varieties of colourful tulips in full bloom.
Along with canals being used for transportation, bikes are a familiar mode of transport, not just in Amsterdam but all over the Netherlands. It is estimated that there is some 15,000 kms of dedicated bike lanes across the country. Bikes also outnumber the population of Netherlands. There are more than 18 million bicycles in Netherlands and you’ll frequently see them parked along the canal railings. Little wonder then that they are one of the most common objects to fall into the canals.
Whether it is because the average Dutchman or Dutchwoman cycles around 1000 kms a year or because more than half the population of Netherlands plays some form of sport at least once a week, the Dutch have earned a reputation of being the most physically active people in the world.
Being well informed about the place you intend to visit is one of the most important preparation that you should do. Check out our travel guide to find out more about Netherlands, the best season to visit, top festivals, famous attractions and things to do, and other such travel information so that you can plan your trip accordingly.
When travelling abroad, even in a largely safe European country such as the Netherlands, it is advisable that you keep a close eye on your belongings and stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Before you set out to enjoy your visit to Netherlands, do remember to purchase international travel insurance. Your travel insurance policy for Netherlands will come in handy as an important safeguard to cover any financial losses arising in case of a mishap, an accident, sudden illness or loss of your luggage or even in the event of your trip getting cancelled. Buying travel insurance is absolutely essential to secure your international trip so make sure you don’t leave for the airport without it.
While exploring Netherlands’s vibrant cities and picturesque coastal fishing villages, you should definitely make it a point to try the variety of world famous Dutch cheeses such as smoked Gouda and also savour authentic local dishes.
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