When the clouds finally begin to part and golden sunlight fills the streets, Dutch cities come to life. Summer is a great time for visiting the Lowlands – no matter, if you are travelling alone or with family. The restaurants open their terraces and you can find the Dutch lounging in parks and beaches. There are also plenty of activities organized outdoors for adults and children. Also, keep in mind, the climate may be moderate, but the sun can get intense.
Due to its open, multicultural and business-oriented environment, the Netherlands has become an increasingly attractive country to set-up new companies. The Dutch are well-known for their large and successful corporations. Aside from the big players like Booking.com, Philips and Adyen, there are many smaller brands that have established themselves in the Dutch market. To make things a little easier for you, we've compiled a list of useful Dutch-born websites that might help you navigate expat life in the Netherlands.
If you are setting out to visit Eindhoven, why not broaden your travel plans? It might come as a surprise to you that Breda, Tilburg and Den Bosch are all cities 30 – 45 minutes away by train. That’s not far on the European scale. In fact, travelling across Amsterdam takes just as long. So, if you want to stay in close proximity to Eindhoven, check out the Serviced Apartments we have on offer in the surrounding cities and discover more…
More and more people realize that their daily routine has a big impact on the environment. From the coffee you drink in the morning to the way you do your groceries, almost everything you do uses natural resources and creates pollution. Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle? Of course that can be challenging, especially when you live in a country that is not your own. But here are just a few tips for you to consider!
Are you doubting whether to spend Christmas in the land van Oranje? If you are into celebrating the old-fashioned way in beautiful, historical cities, then it’s the place for you! The country turns into a beautiful snow scenery, and the old buildings give out a unique charm.
We've just about finished putting our Halloween costumes back in the closet, and the next holiday is already around the corner. We're one step closer to Sinterklaas, which means it's kruidnoten season!
Just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Whether it's just some “motregen” (a light drizzle that tickles you) or raining “pijpenstelen” (literally: raining pipe stems) there's always something to do! Keep reading for some tips for waterproof fun.
Are you the type who gets homesick? At ServicedApartments.nl, we understand that staying in even the most appealing accommodation can feel frigid at times. Let’s face it, an elegantly arranged apartment still might be missing our favourite photo, pot plant, or fragrance. What appears to be details to others, creates the definition of home for us.
Rotterdam is the Dutch city with the most divided opinions. For some, it’s a full-on favourite: a thriving, modern metropolis. For others, it misses some of its old charm from before the war. Rotterdam was heavily bombed during WII, not leaving many of its old monuments. Luckily, since that time, the city has been fully rebuilt with fantastic museums and attractions. There’s just so much to do while you stay at a Rotterdam serviced apartment. Check out the list we’ve compiled below:
Want to feel free to travel anywhere anytime? Serviced Apartments has joined forces with Enterprise Rent-a-car to mobilize our clients. We offer three options for rental: from car sharing to rental and leasing.
Now it’s certain. You landed a new job opportunity in the Netherlands. This means that you and your family are relocating. Chances are that you don’t know much about your new destination. Well, perhaps asides from a few city trips. Starting a new job abroad is exciting, but only if planned out well. Thinking ahead spares you unnecessary stress and prepares you for stepping out into the “new”. Our team at ServicedApartments.nl has created a relocation checklist for expats:
From the iconic, old-school bars of De Pijp to the elegant Nine Streets, or the industrial neighbourhood and seaport in North – Amsterdam’s got it all. If you are planning your short stay here, it’s good to know what to explore.
We get it, sometimes you really don’t feel like cooking. Instead, you would rather sit down at a nice restaurant and have all the work done for you. We don’t blame you, having the added ambiance of a restaurant is a nice treat too! Unfortunately, we can’t go to restaurants at the moment, but what if we told you that you can bring that restaurant atmosphere right to your own dining room? For those of you who really do not feel like cooking and just want to have a tasty meal, we’ve got you. Here’s some suggestions for great restaurants in your area!
Are you curious about how to spend the New Year in your serviced apartment? Just like many other countries across the world, the Lowlands hosts many spectacular fireworks displays. The Dutch gather each New Year’s Eve (with exception to certain circumstances…) in city or town centres to admire the show and perhaps blast a few firecrackers themselves. There are definitely some surprising and quirky ways of celebrating New Year’s. We’ve listed some of them!
Whether you are travelling for business, relocating, or just want to enjoy a staycation: Serviced Apartments provides the best-equipped accommodation to ensure you a comfortable short stay. Renting a SA apartment makes travelling easy, starting from the short application process, through to weekly cleaning services, and accessibility to a wide range of facilities.
More and more foreign talent workers choose to go live in Amstelveen, right next to our capital Amsterdam. And we have to say that we totally understand why, as there is definitely a lot to do in this city with its remarkable charm! To make it easier for you, we’ve prepared a list on what to see and do when staying here!
Sunnier days are on the horizon, which means that soon we’ll be spending our leisure time hanging out by the water, having BBQ’s and enjoying the weather. The Netherlands has a long coastline so there’s plenty of spots to lay your towel and parasol and get your tan on! Since there are so many beaches to choose from we’ve made a list beaches we think are worth visiting in the summer months.
Which cities come to mind when you think of the Netherlands? Surely, the Dutch capital – Amsterdam, then Rotterdam, The Hague and maybe Utrecht… Not many workationers know about the other hidden gems on the Dutch map - just waiting to be discovered! ServicedApartments.nl has properties spread out all over the country, in cities including Arnhem, Breda, Enschede, Haarlem, Hilversum and Leeuwarden. Check out our tips on what to see and do in these not-so-obvious places.
When it comes to spending time away from home, sometimes you want a bit more privacy, space, and creature comforts than a hotel provides. And that's where a serviced apartment comes in. While our apartments vary in location, luxury, and price, what they all have in common is their high quality and service level. For example, here are five extras you can expect in your serviced apartment.
If you’re looking to stay in a city that is charming, vibrant and isn’t being trampled by swarms of tourists then Utrecht might be the city for you. The city has all the quaint architecture and canals like Amsterdam but offers a more laid-back experience.
Remote work is not just a choice nowadays. Most employees have been requested to shift their work activities into their homes. Jobs which were once on-location, have now become fully or partially remote. On the positive side, this has given corporate employees flexibility to work from wherever they please. There’s no need to wait for that anticipated holiday anymore. Work and travel to any destination that allows it. Just like the ever-growing community of freelancers does.
When navigating a new country, in this case the Netherlands, you’ll quickly discover that the apps you’re familiar with aren’t quite useful here after all. That’s why we’re here to give you a list of apps that’ll make you feel like a Dutchie in no time!
Finding the right school for your child can be quite tricky, especially if it's abroad where the process might be a little different. We have noticed that expats think it's more important to relocate closer to a good school for their children rather than close to their job. As such, we have decided to help expats along by mentioning some of the highly recommended international schools in the Amsterdam area.
The holiday season is around the corner and it's going to be a little different than what we expected. Some activities might have to be postponed till the coming year. While a trip to the Alps or a tropical vacation are not part of the plans this year, some have still chosen to book a in the Netherlands.
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Spring and the Netherlands might be the words that usually go together when thinking of this European country. However, there are plenty of perks that the cooler weather brings. Here are our top recommendations of what to do this fall in the Netherlands.
Whether you are new to business travel or have many seasons under your belt, making the most of your preparation time is always a good idea. Not only does it reduce stress, it also helps you utilise your time and enjoy yourself.
Here are some of the ServicedApartment.NL team’s top tips for business travellers.
Business travel to the Netherlands isn’t much different than travelling elsewhere. There are a few essentials you’ll want to bring for your business trip, though, to ensure you are prepared for the technology, the climate, and your meetings.
Moving can be difficult- even more so when moving to a foreign country. We have created a list of our favorite and helpful places in the beautiful city of lights.
Germany gets all the credit when it comes to Christmas markets and with good reason. However, that’s not to say its neighbour doesn’t have plenty to offer. Whether you want to visit a more traditional Christmas market [link to other article] or prefer something a little different, there is a Christmas market in the Netherlands for you. Here are some of our favourite “alternative” markets.
The leaves are falling from the trees, the temperatures have dropped, and that can only mean one thing—the holiday season is upon us. If your extended stay in the Netherlands, be it in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, or anywhere else, includes this time of year, then you will want to be prepared. Here are some of our, slightly tongue in cheek, tips to help you get ready.
Getting settled in a new country has its ups and downs at the best of times. Add a pandemic to the mix and things become a lot more complicated. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus and your (new) expat lifestyle in the Netherlands.
The days are longer and the sun is…gasp!…shining (well, some of the time). It is the perfect time for expats to do as the locals do and grab some great food and head outdoors to enjoy a picnic. Don’t know where to order from? Below you will find three favourites in each city where we offer apartments. Eet smakelijk!
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So, you have decided to travel. Whether it is because of an urgent work project or you just finally felt comfortable enough to make the move to your new expat location, you want to be and feel safe, right?
The Netherlands may be the butt of all jokes when it comes to having a summer. But summer it does have…if you look past all the rain.
Compared to other countries, the Netherlands doesn’t have that many public holidays.
King’s Day, Koningsdag in Dutch, is when the Dutch celebrate King Willem Alexander’s birthday.
Easter is one of the national holidays in the Netherlands. As with many national holidays, this one has its own set of traditions too.
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