An easy half hour southwest from Amsterdam by public transport, Leiden has a glorious, car-free townscape of Gothic buildings, cobbled squares and canal-side cafés and bars sitting on a branch of the River Rhine. Once the center of the Dutch textile industry, today it is a vibrant university town – the university was founded in 1575 by William of Orange and is the oldest in The Netherlands – and there are many reasons to spend a day in Leiden.
Category: Things To Do
August 8, 2013
Most people like to take home a reminder of their travels, so here’s a guide to the ten souvenirs to buy in The Netherlands, regardless of budget.
July 25, 2013
Once an isolated community marooned on an island in the IJsselmeer north-east of Amsterdam, Marken relied on fishing for survival and developed its own distinct architecture, costume and even dialect. It wasn’t until 1957 that the Zeedijk causeway was built across the sea that the little settlement united with the Dutch mainland and became a national tourist attraction. Curious visitors flocked to the island to soak up its old-fashioned ambience and traditions.
July 11, 2013
After solitude or frenzied nightlife with your beach? Sandy strand or city beach? From the Wadden Islands through Holland to untamed Zeeland in the south, the North Sea coast of The Netherlands has them all covered. Here are some of the best beaches in The Netherlands.
June 27, 2013
Sitting on the confluence of the IJ and Spaarne rivers in the province of North Holland and today virtually a suburb of Haarlem, Spaarndam is a laid-back village of gabled houses strung along the dyke among a complicated system of locks and bridges between the two rivers.
May 30, 2013
The Netherlands in summer offers blue skies and temperatures that average around 68°F (21°C), ideal for sitting in pavement cafés along the leafy canalsides and trundling around the canals on open-top boats between July and September.