You will find shops typically closed on public holidays; however, they also traditionally close on Sundays and Monday mornings and sometimes all day Monday throughout the year. Although larger cities have changed this, you will typically find shops closed in smaller towns. Koopzondag , however, means shops have been given an assigned Sunday to open. See our guide to school holidays in the Netherlands. Since , sirens have been tested once a month nationwide.
The second day of Pentecost in the Netherlands is a popular day for outdoor activities, markets, sailing and other sports. It falls on a Monday seven weeks after Easter Monday. Whit Monday is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.
I left Chris standing on a platform in Belgium waiting for a train to take him Brussels airport; from now on, I am solo travelling. A few last-minute travel alterations and we fled Belgium a day early. With this extra night to spare I decided to break my journey overnight in Rotterdam, hastily booking a youth hostel near one of the train stations. It turned out to be an excellent decision, just a shame it was a Monday: most, if not all, the museums close on a Monday. Inside they are a little surreal and furniture needs careful consideration and placement: gravity defying curtains anyone?
Categories: Culture. The Dutch have a variety of national, public and other holidays to keep track of. One thing the Dutch love during the holiday season is cooking miniature-sized meats on a tabletop frying pan. Supermarkets make it easy to become involved by supplying packets of pre-cut meat, ready to fry. Fill your belly with mulled wine and oliebollen, while wandering around market stalls lit up by sparkling fairly-lights.