During these two weeks you will have a once in a lifetime adventure, while also learning about all the magical subjects we have to offer at our school. Experience the magic of travelling through the Lands of the Nether and exploring the Dutch culture. There will even be typical (Dutch) Muggle activities that you can participate in, earning you Housepoints. And who knows? Maybe this year YOU will win the Housecup!
MaastrichtMaastricht is a beautiful city located in the south east of The Netherlands. Close to the borders with Belgium and Germany and Maastricht/Aachen airport. Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands. It developed from a Roman settlement to a Medieval religious centre, which still has it’s traces in the centre of Maastricht nowadays as it serves as a thriving cultural and regional hub. Maastricht has 1677 national heritage buildings (second highest number of The Netherlands). Furthermore Maastricht is well-know through the Maastricht Treaty and as birthplace of the Euro.
NijmegenNijmegen is a city in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and has celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. The city is located next to the river Waal. The city is famous for the International Four Day March Nijmegen (Nijmeegse Vierdaagse), an annual event starting on the third Tuesday of July, comprising four days of walking, and the accompanying festivities (Vierdaagsefeesten). The event is international and has an average of 40,000 participants from 30 countries.
TilbugWith some 200.000 inhabitants Tilburg is the second largest city of Noord-Brabant, and the seventh largest city of the Netherlands. It was the favourite destination of our second king (inevitably named Willem) in a time that the city was mostly known for its textile industry. Nowadays, however, it is known as a modern city. Tilburg is in the process of repurposing its old industrial buildings into cosy cafés and clubs. Citizens are also involved in transforming the city with the creation of the ‘Spoorpark’, which is set to open this June. Furthermore the music venue ‘013’ is renowned in the Netherlands and Tilburg annually hosts the largest funfair of the Benelux. The city is surrounded by beautiful nature parks like the ‘Loonse en Drunense Duinen’.
'S-HertogenboschA city of many names: ‘s-Hertogenbosch is called Den Bosch by people with little time, Oeteldonk by those celebrating carnival and the ‘Moerasdraak’ (Swamp Dragon) by 16th century soldiers frustrated at the difficulty of capturing this strategically situated city. It is the capital of the province of Noord-Brabant and hometown of the painter Jheronimus Bosch. Many of the cities’ historical landmarks are still intact and open to the public. The Saint John’s Cathedral is a prime example of a rich history which has been conserved. Another example are the fortifications that were built during the same period. Canals were built through these fortifications to increase trade and ease transportation.