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What to do in Duisburg: 7 top sights in the Ruhr Area

A few decades ago, Duisburg was a waning industrial city in the Ruhr Area. Its economy was virtually at a standstill and tourists were nowhere to be seen. Fortunately, they decided to do something about that. Today, Duisburg’s industrial heritage is protected, several vacant sites have been transformed into tourist attractions, and nearly abandoned industrial areas were revitalised. Duisburg is alive again, and Trot Op! planned a weekend to experience its rebirth first-hand. There’s a real chance that if you…

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The ideal Scotland road trip: 10 Highland stops from Edinburgh to Glasgow

Few places in Europe are as wild, wide and unspoilt as the Scottish Highlands. Endless roads lead you from panorama to panorama through landscapes of green valleys, dark lakes and weathered castles. Trot Op! took a road trip from Edinburgh to nearby Glasgow, but made a small 750 mile detour through the rest of Scotland. Scotland, dear friends, is one of my favourite European destinations. Apart from the occasional sunshine, some skin pigmentation and the decency to wear a pair…

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What to do in Noordwijk: from the beach to the cosmos in 7 steps

Noordwijk aan Zee is more than just a charming coastal town near Leiden. It’s also home to ESTEC. This is the European Space Research and Technology Centre: ESA’s largest research facility. As a result, you can not only get a tan on the beach here, but you can try and unravel the deepest secrets of the universe as well. Trot Op! took the weekend off and made an attempt. Do you know which destination – in my of course completely…

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Island hopping in Croatia: a road trip to the 9 most beautiful sights

A trip to the Adriatic coast of Croatia is in some way an all-inclusive holiday: nearly everything you’d want is there to enjoy, no matter your interests. A patchwork of hundreds of islands awaits you, all with their own character. Trot Op! picked out four of the prettiest with Rab, Krk, Cres and Lošinj, and put together a road trip to explore them to the last hidden corner. Croatia is the EU’s newest addition, and has been for ten years…

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Recharge your batteries in Friesland: 8 great Frisian activities to try out this winter

Friesland might just be the most unique province in The Netherlands. The Frisians speak their own language, have their own traditions and four out of five Wadden Islands are considered Frisian soil. Trot Op! drove all the way up north, spent the weekend in and around Leeuwarden and went looking for the best things to do. Frisians are a special people. Not only do they speak their own completely unique language, but according to all sorts of studies they feel…

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A weekend in Brabant: 5x in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

The province of Noord-Brabant in The Netherlands is all about Vincent van Gogh these days. This is where the world famous painter was born, where he made a lot of his works and where he left all sorts of tracks to go and discover. Trot Op! hopped across the border and went searching for the artist himself. Imagine being a mind-boggling genius at something, without getting even the slightest nod of appreciation for it. This isn’t only the sad story…

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Germany: a road trip to Breisach and the Northern Black Forest

A trip to the Black Forest is never a bad choice. It’s a hiking paradise a few hours’ drive from the Belgian border, full of dense forests, charming towns and even Alpine views in the south. Trot Op! drove all the way there to enjoy the last days of a beautiful lndian summer. You know what I honestly think is an underrated destination? Germany. Okay, I got tired of the daily cow-sized Schnitzels pretty fast, but otherwise I was more…

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Cycling in Amsterdam: 3 beautiful cycling routes outside the city centre

You don’t have to stay in the city centre to enjoy Amsterdam. Why don’t you get on a bike and go explore things a little further away. Trot Op! tried out three different cycling routes through the outskirts of Amsterdam and far beyond. Ah, Amsterdam: ‘tis a lovely place! I visited the city several times in the last few years, and it always showed me something new. When people come here for the first time, they’ll of course mostly do…

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Schouwen-Duiveland: the 8 best tips for a trip to Zeeland

Schouwen-Duiveland is a beautiful part of Zeeland, waiting for you across the Dutch border about an hour’s drive from Antwerp. You’ll find cosy villages, wide sandy beaches, wonderful nature reserves and a whole bunch of wild animals there. Trot Op! went to have a look, taking in the best sights.  There are so many places you get to go to as a travel journalist, you don’t really have much to say about in advance. This can happen. I’m not a…

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