When you become a member, you will be able to join our monthly outings, with every detail carefully arranged by our Activities Officer. Details will be provided in your newsletter which will be sent to you in a digital version by email, as well as in a handy printed booklet should you wish. You will also be updated on our IWC Members Facebook page, to make sure you don't miss out.
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Scroll down this page to see some of the wonderful outings our members have enjoyed together so far this year. Exploring Holland is more fun with friends, especially ones from all over the world!
We love having a cup of coffee with delicious Dutch "appelgebak" before or after our outings - that always makes it extra special!
Where we've been . . .
Guided tour Palace on the Dam, Amsterdam
Burgerzaal, Palace on the Dam
The Palace on the Dam hardly needs an introduction. Built in 1665 as the city hall of Amsterdam, the masterpiece by Jacob van Campen, still dominates the Dam Square.
BUT... have you ever been inside?
The interiors reflect the outside splendour and when the city hall became the residence of King Lodewijk Napoleon in 1808, it was turned into a royal residence.
To this day the Palace is used by the Dutch royal family for official functions during state visits and royal occasions, like the inauguration of King Willem Alexander in 2013.
Guided tour Tassenmuseum, Amsterdam
It all started in a modest house in Amstelveen when in 1996, Heinz and Hendrikje Ivo started to open their historical collection of handbags to be public. Their daughter, art historian Sigrid Ivo, developed the informative content, which contributed significantly to the museum's success.
In 2007 the museum moved to its present location in Amsterdam. The former 17th century Mayor's residence was renovatd and furnished exclusively for thE museum.
We were guided along the highlights of the collection and had a three course lunch in one of the period rooms of the museum.
After lunch: a visit to the temporary exhibition 'Street Couture: high-end fashion meets the street' was on show.
The Street Couture style is all about mixing and matching: high-end fashion combined with street fashion, sports with pop culture.
Guided tour Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam
The Allard Pierson museum manages the archeological collection of the University of Amsterdam.
Our guide showed us the highlights of the permanent collection and explained about the special exhibition 'Sicily and the Sea, dive into the past'.
Over the years, underwater archaeologists have revealed the secrets of the seas around Sicily. Hundreds of shipwrecks have been identified and explored. 'Sicily and the sea' is about the treasures found in six of these wrecks that give a unique insight into the life, work and sometimes death of people including Ulysses, Justinian I and the Dutch Admiral Michiel de Ruyter.
A day out: Bicycling trip around Keukenhof
Mid-April is the peak season for tulips in bloom. We went bicycling along the tulip fields in Lisse! Bikes were rented at 'Van Dam Rent-a-Bike' on the limousine bus parking lot of the Keukenhof. Van Dam Rent-a-Bike provides a map with 5 cycling routes varying from 5 - 25 km.
Lunch was enjoyed at Tante Alie, recently opened converted farmhouse on the premises of Kasteel Keukenhof!
Discover Historical Weesp
The town of Weesp, west of Amsterdam, is interesting in many ways. It has a charming historical center. In the 18th Century it produced beautiful porcelain of the highest quality. A collection of Weesper porcelain is on show in the museum of Weesp, located in the townhall. The museum also explains about the history of the Royal Cocoa Factory C.J. Van Houten, based in Weesp and exporter of Van Houten chocolate worldwide. We will have a guided tour through the townhall and museum in the morning.
After lunch a city guide from the Historische Kring Weesp took us on a walk through the center of Weesp, its waterways and views on the river Vecht.
Discover Alkmaar and the cheese market
Alkmaar is a historical city with a centre that has preserved its 17th century pattern of canals and narrow streets.
It is known as the city of cheese and is famous for its traditional cheese market that has existed since 1593. We had a wonderful city guide to show us the workings of the market as well as give us a tour of the cheese museum and the city centre. Afterwards we lunched at the restaurant Heren Van Sonoy, a former convent located on one of the "Alkmaar courtyards".
Tour of Concertgebouw
The Amsterdam Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. This guided tour took us for a look behind the scenes and gave us the opportunity to hear stories about its rich history.
The free lunchtime concert at 12:30 was an added treat, and afterwards we went for coffee/tea locally.
And there's more . . .
A visit to Tilburg to visit this fun exhibition at The Textile Museum!
In the 1950s, a wave of rock ‘n’ roll and youth culture from America swept the world. The mix of popular images and music with art and fashion changed the way people dressed and behaved. Inspired by Pop Art, many young designers developed exciting new patterns for textiles and wallpaper. Even renowned Pop artists such as Andy Warhol and internationally acclaimed fashion designers including Mary Quant, Pierre Cardin and Vivienne Westwood designed spectacular pop textiles for fashion and furnishings. This exhibition displays more than 200 textiles and fashion designs!
Discover Schiedam and Rotterdam
Schiedam City Hall
After catching a train around 9:00, our day started with a walk through Schiedam, part of the Rotterdam metropolitan area. It has a fascinating history and is mostly known for the production of jeneva (gin). We then took the metro to Delfshaven, and continued our tour through this beautiful old harbour to the restaurant De Machinist. This restaurant is in a building that was a school for shipping mechanists. After lunch, we will continue walking along the quays and Maas River, past the Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, Willems-brug, Westermeijer, Veerhaven, Wijnhaven and Oude Haven. We ended the tour at the Kijk-Kubus/Markthallen/Rotterdam Blaak, a visit the Kijk-Kubus museum, and wandered through the Markethallen before making our way home.
(Rotterdam - Photo credit Holland Photography)
To start off the Christmas season, we went on a trip to Deventer!