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3 Things The Dutch Do On Sundays Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Culture

For many people, Sunday is a lazy day on which they have a lot of time. However, a lot of people don’t know what to do on that day. Below I listed 3 things that you can do in the Netherlands on a Sunday, with posts that can help you with it! Of course, you can also just read and learn from these posts on a Sunday ;-). Enjoy!

1. Winkelen!

The beginning of the Kalverstraat as seen from the Dam. (Image by Franklin Heijnen at Flickr.com under CC BY-SA 2.0)

An often reoccurring event in the Netherlands are koopzondagen (“buy Sundays”), on which many shops are open. More and more stores are also normally open on Sundays, but it is mostly still a special thing. Sundays are still very much a day of rest. Koopzondagen are held more and more, though.

2. TV Kijken

Even though watching things online is a rising habit of people, TV kijken (watching TV) is still very much a thing. This month, it is especially watching Wie Is De Mol?the Acht Uur Journaal (the 8 PM News), or the daily De Wereld Draait Door, of which you can see an excerpt in the video above.

You’d rather go outside? Then maybe the next point is more something for you…

3. Een Dagje Naar Het Strand

A stroll on the Dutch beach during a storm! (Image by FaceMePLS at Flickr.com under license CC BY 2.0)

Yes, a day to the beach! Sure, it is in the middle of the winter, and so super cold… No, you would not go to the Dutch beach to go swimming. But the duinen (dunes) are wonderful for strolls in the cold wind of the North Sea. Many Dutch people like to do this – so maybe something for you, too?

Too cold? There are winter activities that the Dutch like a lot, like skating the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht!

I hope you enjoyed this short list of things the Dutch, and you could do on a Sunday! Enjoy!

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Hi! I am Sten, both Dutch and German. For many years, I've written for the German and the Dutch blogs with a passion for everything related to language and culture. It's fascinating to reflect on my own culture, and in the process allow our readers to learn more about it! Besides blogging, I am a German-Dutch-English translator, animator and filmmaker.


  1. Barbara:

    When I lived there, my Dutch friends and family rode bikes on Sundays as a family. We did that more than anything. Going to the beach was not a usual Sunday jaunt, only occasionally in the summer. And winklen…shopping…was done on Saturdays or during the week, as some stores forbid being open on Sundays. That is slowly changing but not enough to give up family time to go shopping.