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7 Tips for Living in Katwijk

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Katwijk or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Katwijk or thinking about moving there.

Living as an expat or digital nomad in Katwijk can be an exciting adventure. This charming coastal town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich history, and a vibrant community. However, to make the most of your stay, it's important to understand the local culture, lifestyle, and amenities. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Katwijk.

1. Learn the Language

While English is widely spoken in the Netherlands, learning Dutch can greatly enhance your experience in Katwijk. It will not only help you communicate with locals but also understand the culture better. There are several language schools and online platforms where you can learn Dutch at your own pace.

2. Explore the Local Cuisine

Katwijk is known for its fresh seafood, particularly herring, which is a local delicacy. There are several restaurants in town where you can try this and other Dutch specialties. Some of the popular ones include 'In den Blauwe Walvis', known for its seafood platter, and 'Het Strand', famous for its beachfront location and diverse menu.

3. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Katwijk is divided into several neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm. Katwijk aan Zee is the old fishing village with beautiful beachfront properties and traditional Dutch architecture. Katwijk aan den Rijn is known for its historic sites, including the Old Rhine, the Roman Catacombs, and the Andreaskerk. Rijnsburg is famous for its flower auction, while Valkenburg is a quiet residential area with a rich aviation history.

4. Enjoy the Natural Beauty

Katwijk is blessed with stunning natural beauty. The town's biggest attraction is its sandy beach, which stretches for several kilometers. The dunes behind the beach are part of a national park, perfect for hiking and bird watching. The Space Expo in Noordwijk is also worth a visit, especially if you're interested in space and astronomy.

5. Embrace the Cycling Culture

The Netherlands is known for its cycling culture, and Katwijk is no exception. The town is well-equipped with cycling paths, and you'll find that many locals prefer to cycle rather than drive. Renting a bike is easy and affordable, and it's a great way to explore the town and its surroundings.

6. Understand the Cost of Living

While the cost of living in Katwijk is lower than in larger Dutch cities like Amsterdam or Rotterdam, it's still higher than the average in many other countries. Rent, groceries, dining out, and other expenses can add up quickly. It's important to budget accordingly and find ways to save, such as shopping at local markets or cooking at home.

7. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in Katwijk is to get involved in the local community. There are numerous clubs, societies, and organizations where you can meet locals and other expats. Volunteering is also a great way to give back to the community and make new friends. Research groups that align with your interests and get involved.

Living in Katwijk, Netherlands as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding experience. By understanding the local culture, exploring the town, and getting involved in the community, you can make the most of your time in this charming Dutch town.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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