Seven Reasons Why You Can’t Miss New Year’s Eve in Utrecht


What comes to mind when you hear peo­ple talk­ing about The Nether­lands? Tulips, wind­mills, cheese, clogs? Do you want to know what’s true and what’s more to dis­cov­er? Then the New Year’s event “Dutch for Dum­mies — Tra­di­tions Now and Then” by AEGEE-Utrecht is the right place for you. From 28th of Decem­ber 2015 till 2nd of Jan­u­ary 2016 the Dutch anten­na will offer you an amaz­ing pro­gramme. Organ­is­er Aicha de Hes­selle told the Gold­en Times read­ers sev­en rea­sons why you can­not miss this event.

1. Utrecht

Our city was vot­ed “most beau­ti­ful canal city in Europe”! See the famous Dom­toren and walk by the beau­ti­ful canal in the city cen­tre. We’ll make sure that you vis­it all the hotspots of this city.

NYE Utrecht

2. The Beer Cantus

Our Beer Can­tus is all about singing songs while drink­ing beer along­side a long table. But be care­ful, if you don’t sing the lyrics cor­rect­ly some pun­ish­ment may await you…

NYE Utrecht 2 Beer

3. Amsterdam

Dur­ing our event we will also vis­it this amaz­ing cap­i­tal where you will expe­ri­ence it’s beau­ti­ful canals, see the famous flower mar­ket, taste some Dutch cheese… You real­ly can’t go to The Nether­lands with­out vis­it­ing Ams­ter­dam!

NYE Utrecht Amsterdam

4. Sinterklaas

On the last night of our event we’ll let you expe­ri­ence a typ­i­cal Dutch tra­di­tion called “Sin­terk­laas”. Dur­ing this fes­tiv­i­ty we give each oth­er presents, write poems and eat the deli­cious “peper­noten”.

NYE Utrecht 4 Sinterklaas

5. New Year’s Eve

Don’t for­get the main rea­son you want to join our event: to cel­e­brate the New Year! Like a real Dutchie you’ll light some fire­works togeth­er with us and watch it blow into the sky, togeth­er with all the oth­er cit­i­zens!

NYE Utrecht 3 Fireworks

6. Typical Dutch Games

If you want to expe­ri­ence typ­i­cal Dutch tra­di­tions then this one might be one for you. This game is called “Koekhap­pen”, which lit­er­al­ly means “bit­ing into a cook­ie”. The cakes hang­ing are gin­ger­breads, and the aim of the game is to try to eat as many cakes with­out using your hands when they are hang­ing in the air.

NYE Utrecht Bread

7. Stroopwafels

If there is one thing you can­not for­get to eat dur­ing your stay in The Nether­lands it’s this deli­cious waf­fle, filled up with sweet caramel syrup. You won’t be able to resist eat­ing a sec­ond one!

NYE Utrecht Stroopwaffels

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