The Netherlands are known for their windmills, tulip fields, wooden shoes and world-renowned painters, but it has a lot more to offer. Here is a list of 5 unusual things you can do during your visit (no, I am not talking about smoking weed and strolling around Amsterdam’s red light district — although that is quite unusual too, depending on where you come from!)
1. Sleep inside an East-German aircraft
Are you visiting the Netherlands for your honeymoon or to celebrate a special occasion with your partner? Then you can surprise your sweetheart by booking a night in the airplane suite in Teuge. It’s an old East-German aircraft that has been completely renovated into a 5-star hotel, with jacuzzi, sauna, steam shower, living room with an impressive DVD collection and, of course, a comfy bed. The hotel is located right next to the tiny Teuge airport. So, if the weather is good, the two of you can sit in the balcony (yes, the plane has a balcony!) and watch pilots practice.
2. Dine in the dark
Imagine having a meal in a pitch-dark restaurant, not knowing the menu beforehand. That’s what you get at CTaste, in Amsterdam. The restaurant’s owners argue that, in the dark, you can concentrate better on what really matters: the taste. Another cool thing about the restaurant is that all waiters are blind, so not only does CTaste give them a job opportunity but they also make the guests experience lack of vision for a couple hours. Tables are, therefore, turned: you are the one depending on a blind person to guide you through the room, not otherwise.
3. Go cow cuddling
Dutch cows are famous worldwide and you are guaranteed to see lots of them through the train’s window. But why settle for seeing them, if you can actually hug them? A farm in Voorst offers three hours of “cow-munication”, during which you will get to pet, hug and even lie by a cow’s side.
4. Learn curling at the Museumplein, in Amsterdam
If you’re traveling to the Netherlands in the winter with a group and you’re looking for a nice activity to break the ice, a great option is to have curling lessons on the huge ice rink built annually at Museumplein, the square that hosts the most famous museums in Amsterdam. The lesson lasts two hours: one for learning the rules of the game and practicing, and the other to compete against each other in two or three teams. The winners get a surprise prize.
5. Drink beer in a church
Many churches in the Netherlands have been deactivated and their buildings adapted for other purposes. In Utrecht, for example, you can have a drink at Café Olivier, a former church that now serves an impressive menu of Belgian beers. Another great option is visiting a bookstore located inside an old Dominican church in Maastricht.
6. Swing 100 meters above the ground
Seeking a bit of a thrill? Then you’ll love Amsterdam’s newest attraction: the Over the Edge Swing at the top of A’DAM, a building in the northern part of the city. You will swing back and forth almost 100 meters above the ground, right at the edge of the building. Impossible to get a better view of the Dutch capital.
The A’DAM tower is also home to Moon, a revolving restaurant which will give you a 360° view of the city.