Month: April 2020

Vianden

Vianden is a castle built between 11th and 14th century on the foundation of a Roman fort. It is certainly one of the largest and most beautiful feudal residences of the gothic period in Europe.

Vianden
Vianden castle

Several hundred years ago Luxembourg fell under Dutch rule. William I of the Netherlands was not interested in the castle and eventually he sold it to a local merchant. Since then no proper maintenance was done and the place was left in ruins. Only in the late 1970s the castle was restored and returned to its former glory.

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Kinderdijk

Around 17% of the land area of the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea or lakes. This was achived by building dams and windmills. The latter were used to pump the water (as well as to grind grain into flour and to saw wood).

In 1740s a system of 19 windmills was built in Kinderdijk in order to drain the polders. Today these windmills are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands.

Kinderdijk
The windmills of Kinderdijk

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Keukenhof

Thinking about a romantic present for your girlfriend? Invite her to Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This is one of the largest gardens in the world with millions of flowers. Most of them are tulips.

Keukenhof flower garden
You will not find so many sorts of tulips elsewhere

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The caves of Remouchamps

A substantial part of Belgium is covered by Ardennes (French: Ardenne; Dutch: Ardennen), a region of extensive forests, hills and ridges. You can do a lot of fun things there such as walking, cycling, fishing, climbing, canoeing and kayaking. What you can also do is just to enjoy beautiful nature. For instance, you may decide to visit some of the caves. We visited the caves of Remouchamps (French: Grottes de Remouchamps; Dutch: Grotten van Remouchamps) and we did not regret.

Grotten van Remouchamps
A river inside the cave

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Baarle-Nassau

Baarle-Nassau is a little town in the South of the Netherlands. What makes it special is that there are numerous little exclaves of Belgium just next to this town. The borderline is extremely complicated. At many places it is depicted on the ground, which allows you to take funny fotos.

Baarle-Nassau
The borderline goes through the church

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