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There are many things, habits and products which you can label as ‘typical Dutch’. Some are unique to the Netherlands as others also occur elsewhere, but are seen as typical for the Dutch culture or the Dutch themselves. As an Amsterdam based company we’ve put together a list of 15 typical Dutch habits and products for you to experience or try. And because of our 15th anniversary we also have a special offer for you!

  1. Flat landscape

As flat as the Dutch landscape is virtually no other country in the world. Vast meadows, polders, dikes and dunes; it may definitely be called characteristic. It’s perfect for a walk too, so in summer a great amount of Dutch walk a fixed distance for four days in a row with friends and family, to complete the so called Wandelvierdaagse.

  1. Cycling

With almost 35,000 kilometres of cycle paths, the country of the Netherlands is truly a country of cyclists. The city residents know that the best way to get around and discover Amsterdam is by bike. Almost 63% uses their bike every day. Previously, we have put together a list of 15 great spots to cycle to in Amsterdam. You can find the list here.

  1. Sinterklaas

Nowhere in the world the birthday of Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) is celebrated as extensively as in Holland. The saintly man arrives mid-November on a steam boat filled with gifts. On December the 5th the gifts are exchanged after the children sing Sinterklaas songs. Colourful shop windows adorn the streets of Amsterdam for several weeks: it marks the beginning of the festive December month.

  1. Stroopwafels (Dutch cookie)

Every year more than 22 million packs of stroopwafels are consumed in the Netherlands. Van Wonderen Stroopwafels in the Kalverstraat is the place to be for the best sticky waffle with the characteristic checkered pattern. We also like to eat stroopwafel ice cream, stroopwafel souffle and stroopwafel pie or cake.

  1. Clogs

The image that exists abroad is many Dutch people walk on clogs. But the number of times we have seen someone walking on these wooden shoes can be counted on one hand. Clogs aren’t even typically Dutch, the wooden footwear was worn centuries ago in large parts of Europe as well. Nowadays clogs are a popular souvenir from Amsterdam.

  1. Tulips

Tulips are often seen as typically Dutch but originally the colourful flowers did not grew in our country. Only they proved to thrive well here because they need a cool winter to grow. The tulip is now a symbol for the Dutch flower bulb industry as it has the largest share in the export of tulips and tulip bulbs worldwide.

  1. Polder mills

The Netherlands is known for the numerous polder mills. These mills move water from a lower to a higher level using the power of the wind. Although the function of polder mills in many cases has been replaced by steam pomping stations, you still see many polder mills in the Dutch landscape. They represent a cultural-historical role.

  1. Barrel organ

Barrel organs can be seen all over Europe, yet they are often associated with the Netherlands. In the Dutch streets, you will still encounter quite a few street organs. The Netherlands has more than fifty active organ players who play Dutch classics such as “Tulips from Amsterdam”.

  1. Pea soup & hotchpot

Another one in the food category: pea soup – also called ‘snert’ – is made from split peas and is a popular meal during the winter months. The soup is also eaten in other countries, but ours is much thicker.

  1. Delfts Blauw

Delfts Blauw is pottery with blue decoration made in the city of Delft. It was produced as a cheaper alternative to Chinese porcelain in the mid-17th century. Today, around one hundred pottery factories are still open, manufacturing pottery for mainly the tourism industry.

  1. Gouda cheese

The Dutch, yellow cheese is the number one product that Dutch people who live abroad buy to enjoy ‘something from home’. The craft of cheese making has been passed on for generations and has resulted in a delicious full-fat, naturally matured cheese. The base consists of real Dutch milk from Dutch cows grazing on green pastures.

  1. Kingsday

In April it is King’s Day. On the 27th of April of each year the birthday of our king, Willem-Alexander, is celebrated grandly. Amsterdam colours orange – from orange clothing to orange delicacies – and there are markets, activities for young and old, and parties at locations just outside the centre.

  1. Food from the wall

Nothing is as Dutch as a wall display full of fried snacks. Mexicano, pikanto, frikandel, kroket (croquette) or a cheese souffle; you can’t find the snack bar like this in any other country. Is the snack bar closed? Then we just pull that kroket out of the wall, for example at the FEBO on the Nieuwendijk.

  1. Peanut butter for breakfast

There are only a few countries in the world where people love peanut butter and the Netherlands is one of them. On the Czaar Peterstraat you will find a real peanut butter shop with flavors such as Caramel Sea Salt and Dadel-Cinnamon. Sprinkle it with hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) and your Dutch breakfast is ready for you to enjoy!

  1. Three times

In Holland, we do three. Three kisses on the cheek when greeting. It can be confusing while in most places around the world two kisses are the standard. That we kiss each other 3 times to greet is only 50 years old. It would have originated in the province of Brabant and is also called the Brabant drieklapper (three-fold).

Special offer: Htel stroopwafels (Dutch cookies!) at check-in!

Htel Serviced Apartments celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. To celebrate we created a special offer. If you book a stay at Htel Serviced Apartments in November, you will receive Htel stroopwafels (Dutch cookies!) upon arrival! More information about the conditions and to book can be found here.

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Are you coming to Amsterdam for a city trip or holiday break? You can off course stay at a large hotel which is a part of an even larger hotel chain, a small boutique hotel or book your stay via Airbnb. Another option worth considering is staying in a holiday apartment. Today we present to you the 4 benefits of staying in a holiday apartment of Htel Serviced Apartments.

1. Extra spacious

The holiday apartments of Htel Serviced Apartments are twice the size of the average hotel room. Most apartments at our Amstelveen location are 45m2. The Htel Family apartment is equally large with 90m2. At our Amsterdam location you can choose apartments from 60m2 up to 335m2!

2. You can prepare your own meals

The Htel Serviced Apartments are comfortable, modern and have an efficient layout: they have a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen that allows you to prepare your own meals, and luxurious bathroom. The supermarket and the shopping centre are close by, so after a buzzy day in the city you can prepare your favourite dish yourself to really feel home when away from home.

3. Enjoy five-star hotel services

At Htel Serviced Apartments you can enjoy the comfort of an apartment and also make use of five-star hotel services. You will find an 24/7 reception, fitness centre, spa & sauna, jet stream pool, housekeeping service, laundry service, high-speed Wi-Fi and pillow menu. Time to completely unwind!

4. Holiday apartments located in green, residential areas

Our holiday apartments are located close to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, in a green and family-oriented area. This makes our concept loved by families as well. The city centre of Amsterdam can be quickly and easily reached, the metro stop is around the corner. We also have bikes for rent to go around the city like a true Dutchy.

 

Curious about the possibilities? You can compare the apartments here.

 

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We are very excited to share with you that Htel Serviced Apartments Amsterdam has received the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence! We will tell you some more about this certificate. 

 

Since 2011, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver great service across the world on a constant level. This recognition is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have achieved great reviews over the past year. There is no application process, the achievement is earned over time. Katrien Snoep, General Manager Htel Serviced Apartments: “This certificate of excellence is very important for us at Htel. As it is solely based on the actual comments and reviews left by our guests, it shows their appreciation for what we are trying to achieve: a warm welcome, a pleasant stay at one of the best aparthotels in Amsterdam. This award gives us an extra boost to continue doing what we have been doing for the last 15 years: making our guests feel welcome and at home at Htel”. 

The Tripadviser Certificate of Excellence, how does it work?

The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honors select accommodations, attractions, and restaurants that consistently show a commitment to hospitality excellence. TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the Certificate of Excellence honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as a business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

 

We would like to thank all our guests for sharing their experience with Htel Serviced Apartments and we will continue to work hard on providing our guests a true home away from home experience. Do you want to leave a review as well? Use this link to provide us with your feedback. 

 

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Don’t know which present to give your dad for Father’s Day this year (June 17)? We’ve collected a number of tips (18+) to show you that Amsterdam is the perfect city for a weekend away with your father.

Hard Rock Café Burger Cruise

Not on Father’s Day itself, but on the Friday or Saturday before: sail along with the Hard Rock Café Burger Cruise through the famous canals of Amsterdam. During the trip in Hard Rock style, a world famous Hard Rock burger is served with, of course, a delicious cold drink on the side. The tour boat leaves at 7 from the jetty directly opposite the Hard Rock Café. Buy your tickets here.

Heineken Experience

Another beer lovers experience: a visit to the famous Heineken Experience. In 1988 the former brewery was closed because the factory could no longer meet up to the high demands. Nowadays you can learn everything about the heritage of Heineken® via an interactive tour in English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or Russian. Tip: buy your tickets on the official website. You will get a €2,- discount, two beers and a free map with the hidden treasures of the city.

Dad’s edition at BAUT

At restaurant BAUT they combine beer and a delicious 4-course lunch with .. soccer! In collaboration with Two Chefs Brewing, the restaurant will serve a lunch with special beer pairings on Sunday 17th, after which the World Cup match Germany-Mexico will be shown on a big screen. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Watersports

Time to get active after enjoying burgers and beer? Watersports centre Sloterplas is the perfect location to be outside in Amsterdam. Sailing, supping, windsurfing, canoeing … here you can enjoy yourself on the water. And that within fifteen minutes of cycling from the centre of Amsterdam!

Johan Cruijff ArenA

The Johan Cruijff ArenA is the home of AFC Ajax. During the ArenA Stadion Tour you get a look behind the scenes of one of the most successful football clubs in history. Take a selfie in the Ajax locker room, visit the Ajax Gallery of Fame or imagine yourself the new coach of Ajax in the press room. Note: unfortunately it is not possible to do the tour on June 17th because of a concert by Beyonce and Jay-Z, but Friday 15 or Saturday 16 June is still possible! More information can be found here.

Discover Amsterdam the Dutch way 

One of the best ways to explore Amsterdam is by bike. If you book a stay at Htel, you can also rent one of our Htel-bikes to discover the city the Dutch way! Want to make sure that there is still a bike available during your stay? Please contact our reservation team. Happy Father’s Day!

 

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