The Netherlands

Tips and Articles in The Netherlands

Copenhagen, Denmark $265 While other new hotels have capitalized on Copenhagen’s reputation as a design city by embracing sleek functionalism to the point of folly, the Bertrams Hotel Guldsmeden (107 Vesterbrogade; 45-33/250-405; www.hotelguldsm...
layover (lay-oh-ver) n. An unpleasant break in a journey, during which the traveler is subjected to bland, overpriced food, uncomfortable airport seating, and severe bouts of tedium. If this is your definition of a layover, read on. Your world ma...
Renting an apartment can be the most convenient and least expensive way to visit a city, especially for stays of more than a few days. Not only are the per-night rates often cheaper than at a hotel—a one-bedroom flat with a pull-out bed in the liv...
If a company sends employees to Europe or Canada, it may be able to claim hefty refunds of value-added taxes. One VAT specialist estimates that U.S. corporations are missing out on some $800 million in unclaimed refunds each year. While tourists ...
Aesop has led us to believe that those who plan (the ants) fare better than those who don't (the grasshoppers). But the Web has changed everything; and when it comes to travel, those who wait often get the better fares. Last year, in an effort to ...
Burgundy: La Colline du Colombier, Iguerande Even legendary French chefs with Michelin three-starred restaurants nurture pastoral dreams. “Don’t expect Relais & Châteaux—simplicity is the beauty of La Colline,” says Michel Troisgros of his new...
Walk into an apothecary on the Faubourg-St.-Honoré or Via della Scala or Grosvenor Square and you enter a field study in cultural anthropology. As you look at the shelves—even if you don't speak the lingua franca—you can immediately establish the ...
Europe without cafés?As unimaginable as a house with no living room, a theater without a stage — a continent without content. And as any European worth his beans will attest, the perfect café is a lot more than the sum of its parts: a tingling dos...
After years of chic, simple interiors, decadence is afoot, and the most sensuous areas of the home—the bedroom and the dining room—are being indulged. In the past year, Europe has seen a wave of shops selling linens new and old, with something for...
Amsterdam's Eastern Docklands have undergone a major transformation—the grimy warehouse district is now a design haven, where architects challenge spatial barriers without marring the historic features. Hop on bus No. 32 from Central Station to ch...
Talk about a split personality. The gabled exterior of Amsterdam's new Lloyd Hotel, in the waterfront neighborhood of Oostelÿk Havengebied, is a unique example of the Amsterdam School of Architecture, dating from 1921. The interior, though, is mod...
In Madurodam, a miniature Dutch town located in the Hague, everything is one twenty-fifth its normal size—but as a model of energy efficiency for the rest of the world, this theme park is huge. In honor of Madurodam's 50th birthday last year, Shel...
If Claude and Livine de Beyter weren't so busy being first-class hoteliers, the Belgian government might consider putting them on the payroll as guardians of state secrets. Just look at how successful the couple have been at keeping their Hostelle...
In the middle of Rotterdam stands a man without a heart. His arms are flung toward the sky, as if in supplication to the gods. The official title of this wounded figure, sculpted in 1951 by Ossip Zadkine, is The Destroyed City. Rotterdammers call ...
Europe's major metro areas have come up with some splashy ways to sightsee (and beat the traffic) that are just as enjoyable in the winter as they are in the summer. LONDON The Tate to Tate boat (44-207/887-8888; www.tate.org.uk; $7.50 for a day ...