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Something in the Water?

Our phone rings – “Hi, I’m moving to Holland soon…” and we’re only too happy to help! “I’m moving to Holland…” enquires are amongst our most numerous requests. But just what is it with tulip country that’s causing all sorts of British folks – young, old, graduate, retiree – to make the jump to the nation of windmills?

Fitting in
Relocating to Holland is arguably one of the safest options in terms of culture shock. Roughly 12% of the Amsterdam’s population is made up of expats, making the expat community in Holland one of the most prolific in Europe.

Culture
The façade of windmills, clogs and tulips belies a thriving contemporary culture. The Dutch are people who LOVE their festivals! Everything from flowers and windmills to cycling and the Dutch locales themselves are lovingly honoured with upbeat festivals throughout the year. Art and music festivals such as the wonderful “Festival aan de Werf” in Utrecht are well-run, safe and attracting more patrons every year.

Work and Study

Moving to the Netherlands for educational purposes is a huge trend amongst the UK’s high school and university graduates. Similarly, increasing numbers of jobseekers are finding the Dutch balance between work and play all too irresistible!

Travel
They say travel broadens the mind. The reality for most folks is that they don’t want to stray TOO far from home. Nobody says you HAVE to love the country you’re born too though – Just look at Anglophile Gwyneth Paltrow, tennis ace Greg Rusedski, literary father Ernest Hemmingway or fabulous fashion designer Tom Ford!

Scouting Ahead First? A Quick Guide to European Health Coverage

Moving to Germany, moving to Holland, or just moving down the road – scouting ahead and taking every step to happily conclude your decision to move is the right one is an obvious course to all folks considering a big move.

Moving to the next town? Pop over and take a look easily. Relocating to Germany? Well… you can’t exactly get here using local public transport! A trip to see your potential new abode is a great idea. However, a lot of our clients are a little unsure as to what healthcare provisions to make for their trip (Do we need health insurance? Are we covered in France? Germany? Luxemburg?)

From 2006, the traditional E111 form was gradually phased out of use and is no longer valid. Its replacement – the EHIC card (sometimes known as the EU Health Card) – is free, available via application form (online at www.ehic.org.uk or via the Post Office) and represents the new standard emergency health necessity for all those travelling in Europe. Every person (including children) should have their own card.  You MUST reapply for the EHIC card whether or not you still carry the E111 form.

EHIC cover is not a substitute for comprehensive travel insurance. Coverage doesn’t extend to repatriation or losses due to being the victim of a natural disaster or crime.  The card only entitles the bearer to free or low cost emergency healthcare within EEA (Europe Economic Area) countries.

So, moving to Holland? We heartily recommend a well-insured, safe research trip to all!

European Removal Experts Offer More Trips During Christmas Holidays

European Removal Experts, a London-based removals company serving clients moving to France, Italy and across the EU for domestic, business and educational purposes, are now offering more trips to and from prominent international cities in anticipation of the Christmas holidays.

To accommodate for the influx in people requiring part load deliveries for large gifts over Christmas, and for families moving to Switzerland, France, Germany and other countries during October, November and December, European Removal Experts has increased the amount of trips  going to and from Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Zurich and Paris.

These increased trips also include discounted offers, with up to 30% off part load and full load deliveries to and from these destinations. The vans used for these trips all have up to twenty cubic metres’ worth of space for furniture items, large possessions, and particularly delicate objects – all as part of our door-to-door service.

“As our company continues to grow and we are able to identify the particular requirements of our clients, we are more competently able to not only meet the demands of our customer base, but exceed them in every which way we can,” comments Christian Popovici of European Removal Experts. “As part of our belief in going to extra mile, we have prioritised the convenience of our customers once more by increasing and discounting trips to major cities Europe-wide, so sending items over the Christmas holidays can be as simple as any other day of the year.”

Holland’s Hidden Gems

The Netherlands is one of the most unique and memorable holiday destinations on the whole planet – let alone Europe. Therefore, anybody that decides to take the plunge by moving to Holland, will find that they are never stuck for amazing places to visit and things to do!

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a famous holiday destination. Whilst it may have a reputation for stag weekends and red light districts  there is actually much more to the city than this, making it one of the most culturally fascinating locations on the planet. For example, you might want to chill out in one of Amsterdam’s many coffee houses, or take a boat ride on one of its famous canals.

Anyone moving to Holland will never be more than a couple of hours train ride from the capital. However, whilst Amsterdam might be the cultural heart of the Netherlands, Holland is much more than its capital, and there is plenty to do and see outside of Amsterdam.

For example, if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam but still want to experience a city that is quintessentially Dutch, then you’ll absolutely love Utrecht, which is a favourite holiday destination amongst the natives. It is an especially idyllic destination for anybody that loves history, and as the oldest city in Holland and the former imperial residence, it is a destination that is absolutely packed with cultural and historical intrigue – an absolute must visit for anybody relocating to Holland.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and Holland is a country that is gull of things to see and do for all tastes, and anyone lucky enough to be moving to Holland will encounter a unique country that their bound to fall in love with!

Holland – A Vibrant Country

If you are moving to Holland with your job, or planning to look for a new job when you get there, the chances are you will be relocating to one of the major cities. It will obviously be a major advantage if you speak Dutch, but if you don’t – or perhaps you are in the process of learning the language – then you won’t have to worry too much. In the major cities of Holland, you will find that many people speak English which will make the transition a lot easier for you and your family.

The majority of people who are moving to Holland do so for reasons connected to their job, unlike those who are planning on moving to France, for example. Most of those who go to live in France from the UK are doing so for the lifestyle, perhaps after taking early retirement. The Netherlands is a vibrant country with a relatively sound ecomony – although it has suffered along with just about every country in the world due to the fall out from the credit crunch – and this is the reason why many British people are moving to Holland.

Whatever your reasons are for relocating to Holland, you will want to ensure that the company which handles your move has a professional approach, and this is why people who are relocating choose European Removal Experts. Whether you are moving to Holland, moving to France or moving within the UK, they will make the day go as smoothly as possible, allowing you to focus on the new life you have planned.

Dutch Dreams

Holland is a wonderful country with a very rich culture, a liberal and enlightened attitude to life in general and friendly locals who are proud to welcome visitors and immigrants alike. It is no wonder that moving to Holland is a very attractive option to many British citizens. However, the thought of transporting all of your possessions to a new apartment in Amsterdam, relocating to Rotterdam or deploying in Den Haag can seem daunting.

At European Removal Experts, we can guarantee that relocating to Holland will be a pleasurable and positive experience. Our well maintained fleet of vehicles and professional drivers and removals men will carefully pack and transport all of your items at any location in the United Kingdom and make sure that every single piece of property arrives safely and securely in you new Dutch home. The decision to relocate should not be taken lightly, but once you made a well considered decision in moving to Holland, the last thing you need is any added stress over the thought of possessions and properly being damaged in transit or going missing. Our vast experience of the European transport system allows us to plan all of our routes precisely and ensures that we always choose the quickest but safest routes from A to B, whether you move to Holland or indeed, anywhere else in Europe. We feel confident that you will experience Dutch delights before you know it and any stressful thoughts will quickly evaporate in the ether once you choose to trust our prestigious firm with your removals requirements.

Cultural Attractions in Holland

Holland is home to a fantastic variety of cultural sights and sounds, including a wide range of art galleries and museums. These include, in Amsterdam, the Dutch arm of the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Amsterdam is also home to the Rijksmuseum, the most famous paintings of which include masterpieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Also to be found in the city is the Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam is also big on performing arts, with sites including the Heineken Music Hall, the Stadsschouwburg theatre and a world-class symphony orchestra. The city is also home to a wide range of festivals and events, including the Gay Pride parade of boats in the canals each August.

Outside of Amsterdam, Holland continues to offer a series of cultural attractions. Head to The Hague, where you can visit the Mauritshuis, a former 17th century palace where works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen can be viewed. Alternatively, visit the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag modern art museum, which has a collection consisting of works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet and Van Gogh. In nearby Rotterdam, meanwhile, the most obvious arts and cultural hotspot is the Museumpark, where you can find the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with its collection of art spanning the period from the late Middle Ages until 1945. Music festivals include the “Festival aan de Werf” in Utrecht, in addition to festivals and events dedicated to everything from music, sports, films, art and dance to the humble domino.

Here at European Removal Experts, we can make the process of moving to Holland as stress free as possible. Just contact us today to find out more about moving to Holland. You may wish to use our removal services for moving to Germany, Holland, France or any other European country. Just call us now.

Amsterdam-age

Apparently teenage dreams are hard to beat. It’s doubtful that your teenagers are dreaming of a move to Holland; uprooting and leaving their friends, schools and social life completely behind. But if a great move is on the cards for your family, here’s a little juicy information about Amsterdam to reassure your kids that moving to Holland doesn’t have to be all about clogs and tulips!

Getting Around
The Dutch love bicycles. Simply put, Holland is quite flat so cycling is easy. Cycle paths are numerous and well-used, vehicle drivers are polite, and bicycles are inexpensive. Similarly to Japan, cycling around both your hometown and cities is a common form of transport.

Language
Moving to Holland brings you and your family up against that whole language barrier issue, against which we Brits generally panic and behave like a little group of clucking hens (mostly through embarrassment) until someone speaks to us in English and is they become our new best and most trusted friend. The fact is that the lovely folk of Amsterdam, on the whole, speak some English. Signs, warnings etc are usually written in English too, so the kids aren’t going to feel like they stick out more than giant alien spiders on their adventures.

Exploring
Entertainment, clubs, music venues, shopping, street fairs, nice big parks to hang out in and moan about society – Amsterdam is very, very much a city for the young. Of course the standard museums etc (are actually anything but standard) exist for you too. Reassuring your teenagers that relocating to Holland is exciting is crucial to everyone’s happiness, so… pre-move trip to Amsterdam anyone?

European Attractions

Moving to a new place is daunting etc, but really the best option is to pull your finger out, remind your fretful emotions just how many people would kill to be in your foreign shoes, and go exploring!

Germany
Relocating to Germany is going to give you wonderful access to, amongst other things, some of the best castles in the world. “Neuschwanstein” is arguably the most famous. King Ludwig II designed this flamboyant castle in 1869. In a lovely little fit of eccentricity he employed a theatre set designer instead of an architect. Upon moving to Germany, could you do the same?

France
The French Riviera (Cannes, Nice etc.) is astoundingly beautiful and relaxing. A trip over to the island of Corsica is primarily a popular French jaunt, reminiscent of the way we view somewhere like Cornwall – relaxing, inviting and stunning.

Holland
Moving to Holland is perhaps one of the lowest culture shock risks within Europe. Amongst the history of clogs, windmills and tulip fields, new Dutch culture is blossoming marvellously. Art and music festivals like “Festival aan de Werf” in Utrecht are amongst the most contemporary and unique in the world. The Dutch love festivals – flowers, marches, music, films, clothes, windmills, arts, bicycles – everything has its own celebratory event. Maybe your move to Holland will inspire them to throw a festival in your honour!

Belgium
Cities like Brussels and Antwerp are as chic as they come. The architecture, culture and people are classic and inimitable thanks to the influences of Belgium’s neighbouring countries.

Let’s Go Dutch!

So, you’re moving to Holland. At European Removal Experts, we applaud your decision! Whether you are moving to Holland to experience the unique culture, to immerse yourself in the world-famous Dutch electronic dance scene, to be able to attend every Ajax home match or because of a more commercial yet equally positive reason such as joining a new job, meeting a friend or setting up a new business, European Removal Experts are your best choice for the safe and secure removal of all of your important furniture, documents, electronic equipment and household items.

We have vans and trucks with various storage capacities, so no matter how many of your possessions are winging their way over to Holland, you can rest assured that our highly-trained staff and fully insured vehicles will ensure that they arrive safely. We can imagine that there are many benefits in relocating to Holland: a more relaxed and stimulating culture perhaps, a vibrant arts scene and some beautiful natural scenery. Whatever your reason go for moving to Holland, European Removal Experts can guarantee that our professional service will allow you to make a smooth transition and blend seamlessly into the fabulous Dutch culture.

Here at Europe we wish you every luck in your new life, country and home. However, we understand how daunting moving home can be and we aim to make this process as simple for you as possible. So, please phone us for friendly advice and an instant quote today, and let’s all go Dutch with European Removal Experts!