Here is a list of common Dutch street names, squares and landmarks found in cities and villages across the Netherlands, and what these names translate to in English…
After arriving in Holland, expats (and anyone newly residing in the Netherlands) commonly go through a period of information overload. Not only is everything in their living environment brand new to them, it is compounded by the fact almost everything in writing is in a ‘foreign’ language… Dutch. Everyone is familiar with how difficult remembering new street names is when moving to a new city, even if that city is in your own country and those names are in the language you already speak. It becomes even more difficult to remember those names when you don’t understand the names themselves. What’s the difference between a ‘straat’ and a ‘gracht’?
To help speed up this learning process, so that you can feel more at ease sooner living in the Netherlands, here are the common Dutch words used in street names as well as popular names given to town squares in old city centers.
DUTCH TOWN SQUARES
The Dutch term ‘plein’ translates to ‘square’ in English.
Common Dutch square names include: Beursplein (exchange square), Koningsplein (king’s square), Stadsplein (city square), Stationsplein (train station square) and Willemsplein (Willem’s square, named for the ‘father of the Netherlands’, Willem, Prince of Orange)
Most Dutch squares have retained the name of the commodity market which operated there in olden times. Since each town had the same types of markets, you’ll find squares in lots of different cities using the same name. These common names include…
|Markt (market)||Grote Markt (big market)||Aalmarkt (all market)||Bloemenmarkt (flower market)|
|Boommarkt (tree market)||Botermarkt (butter market)||Beestenmarkt (cattle market)||Groenemarkt (vegetable market)|
|Kalvermarkt (calf market)||Koornmarkt (corn market)||Vismarkt (fish market)|
DUTCH STREET TERMINOLOGY
These are the Dutch words commonly used for roads. Therefore most street names in Holland end with one of these terms.
|bocht (bend)||beurs (exchange)||dreef (walk)||gracht (canal)||kade (quay)|
|laan (avenue)||pad (path)||plaats (place)||plantsoen (park)||poort (gate)|
|rijbaan (lane)||singel (boulevard)||steeg (alley)||straat (street)||weg (way)|
Note: As opposed to English, where street names are typically made up of two or more words (for example ‘Jones Road’), the Dutch language combines the name and street type into one word (for example ‘Molenweg’).
COMMON DUTCH STREET NAMES
Here are some of the most common street names in the Netherlands…
|Bankastraat (bank street)||Bloemstraat (flower street)||Dorpstraat (village street)||Energieweg (energy way)|
|Gasthuislaan (hospital avenue)||Herenstraat (men’s canal)||Hoogstraat (high street)||Kerkstraat (church street)|
|Koningsstraat (king’s street)||Kruisstraat (cross street)||Langstraat (long street)||Molenstraat (mill street)|
|Molstraat (mol street)||Nieuwestraat (new street)||Noordeinde (north end)||Oosteinde (east end)|
|Paleisstraat (palace street)||Parkstraat (park street)||Prinsestraat (prince’s street)||Raadhuisstraat (town hall street)|
|Schoolstraat (school street)||Sportlaan (sport avenue)||Tuinstraat (garden street)||Visstraat (fish street)|
|Voorstraat (front street)||Westeinde (west end)||Zeestraat (sea street)||Zuideinde (south end)|