By Rebekah Villon @rvillon
Of course Koningsdag is a fantastic party, and it’s a great excuse to get out of the house, wear orange, and celebrate. April is a great month for expats to adapt the slogan “Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day” and practice being Dutch on Koningsdag.
This beautiful weather also creates even more opportunities to live in Eindhoven the way the Dutch do. The city is full of sights, places, and activities where you can spend the day like a Dutch person. Here are a few of the best of them:
The Van Gogh bicycle path
In 2015, Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde created a bicycle path on a 600m stretch between Nuenen and Eindhoven. It’s part of the larger Van Gogh cycle route through Nuenen, where you can learn more about Van Gogh and his work. This special segment of the path is inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and the path is covered by tiny twinkling lights that charge during the day and glow in the evenings. It’s a beautiful experience, and you can get a glimpse of it in this video.
For more information about the Van Gogh cycling route, check here.
The preHistoric Village
This amazing park and village is a fascinating and fun educational experience for the whole family. At the preHistoric village, actors and educators live out daily life through six historic epochs in human history, interacting with visitors and showing them how people lived and worked as far back as 13,000 years ago. In 2018, the preHistoric village was awarded the best Kidsproof museum in North Brabant, and third best in the Netherlands. Daily activities include historic games, tours, workshops, crafts, and a host of fun things to see and do. It’s also a fantastic place to host a party or celebration, and there is a cafe on site. For more information, check their website here.
Genneper Park is more than 200 hectares of nature, sports, recreation, gentle rivers, and is even the home of two museums. Its beautiful setting and huge array of activities attract more than 3 million visitors a year. The park has facilities for swimming, ice skating, tennis, football, and other sports. It is also simply a beautiful scenic area to enjoy a hike, picnic, or bike ride. During the summer, the Dutch take advantage of the diversity and beauty of the park every chance they can, and you should as well.
The Dutch enjoy a wide range of physical activities, indulged in just for fun. Swimming, football, tennis, basketball… you name it, someone in Eindhoven is doing it. At Eindhoven Sport, you can find a class or facility for almost any sport and activity, ranging from American football and badminton, to horseback riding and dance. These activities are friendly for English speakers, and are a great way to meet new friends and learn more about the Dutch lifestyle while boosting your health. For more information, visit Eindhoven Sport here.
April is a month when the tulips are in bloom, everyone wears orange, and we’ve shaken off the winter doldrums. It’s a great time to explore Eindhoven and celebrate the Dutch lifestyle.