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Drinking Culture in the Netherlands
If you are a (non-Dutch) lady you might find the Netherlands a bit weird. This country is the land of beers. As a personal experience, everybody likes and drinks beer here. Even ladies do so. There are numerous reasons behind it. First of all, we all know that Heineken is a Dutch beer, which is already a reason to drink it. The Netherlands has many other fantastic beers and to top it there are many great Belgian beers as well, which makes the offer close to infinite. Another reason why everybody drinks is the fact that most of the colleges (at least where I have been to) have their own bar. Of course these aren’t real bars, you can buy your daily coffee their as well. However, after a hard day of school you are more than welcome to drink a beer. Great news for ladies (or for gentleman), who doesn’t like beer at all, you can also drink wine at these bars. I wouldn’t recommend buying wine because Dutch wines are horrible. Just deal with it, Holland is famous for their beers.
As in all countries, the possibilities of baring and partying heavily depends on where you study and/or stay at. Good news is that even the little villages have their own bars, which turn into a nightclub during the weekends. However, these little villages, even though they have a bar, don’t really have universities so it’s most likely that you want to end up in a bigger city with more bars more people and better nightlife. You need to know that the “student nights” are Thursday nights in the Netherlands so all of those who have classes on Fridays might miss out some of the Friday classes. Again, I can state it based on own experience. Lets talk about the bigger cities and how the nightlife is there:
Amsterdam: I really hope that I don’t have to describe how the nightlife is in Amsterdam. We all know what’s going on in Amsterdam at night. If you have no idea, I recommend you to visit this website, or just experience it yourself.
Utrecht: This lovely city has more universities and colleges with a lot of different education programs thought in English and the city is full of students. Utrecht has a lot of bars and nightclubs, which are located close to each other. I recommend going out in Utrecht, even though if you decide to study somewhere else. It is a lovely place and a perfect city to spend a night at.
Rotterdam: Rotterdam is quite similar to Amsterdam. It is one the biggest cities of the country with lot of opportunities for young people to have a beer. Or more.
Tilburg: Tilburg is much different than the above-mentioned big cities. It is a small city with a good reputation university. Tilburg is ready to satisfy the needs and wants of the students by having multiple bars and restaurants. Because Tilburg is not a big city, it is more likely that you will meet with fellow student during a night out, which is a great start of meeting with new people.
Den Haag: Den Haag is a whole different story than the above-mentioned cities. It has a beautiful beach part, which is called Scheveningen. It is always a different feeling to drink and/or party on the beach and this is what Den Haag can offer to its students as well. If you have fear of beaches than you can still decide to stay downtown, you will find many pubs and bars there as well.
Groningen: Groningen is located on the Northern part of the country. The city is well known as the biggest student city in the country. It is a real student city and it has adapted to students by having numerous bars and clubs open 5 times a week.
The most famous festival
The most famous Dutch festival is always at the end of April. To be precise it isn’t a real festival but a day when the whole country celebrates. It is the famous King’s Day. It is the day to celebrate the king of the country on King’s Night, which is a big party at night through the whole country and it is followed by King’s Day, where the party continues daytime. It is a nice experience to see all the people wearing orange, dancing and drinking (beers) on the streets. As it is a national holiday it is totally fine to drink on the streets.
For more and detailed information about the holidays and festivals in the country please click here.
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