Area attractions


Leiden is located in the heart of the Randstad and cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht are but a stone’s throw away. Schiphol, our international airport, is also just fifteen minutes away. Leiden is easily reached due to its central location be it by car or by public transport.

A visit to Leiden is not complete without a walk to the Burcht (Leiden’s citadel). You can virtually see the whole city from this old refuge. You will see the many canals, church spires, narrow alleys, monumental buildings and private almshouses that define Leiden. Visit Leiden and walk on the cobblestones of narrow streets, take a tour along our canals and enjoy the historical facades, monuments and museums.

Nowhere history comes alive the way it does in Leiden. The Academy Building of the university, the Weighing House and the Citadel, the stately mansions lining the famous Rapenburg, the beautiful churches Pieterskerk and Hooglandse Kerk and the 35 almshouses each tell part of Leiden's history. This is where Rembrandt was born and developed his painting skills, where Clusius brought the first tulips to flower, 400 years ago, and where the oldest university of Holland was founded in 1575. Leiden’s atmosphere has developed into a world-famous centre of science, while its many students contribute to the lively and convivial atmosphere in the city.

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Wageningen University is the leading European university in the Life Sciences. It Is the centre of the Plant Breeding education in the Netherlands,  . A small description of the city has been made. Although the city is almost two hours away from the congress city you might want to pay it a visit.
Wageningen: a university city, the Liberation city, a ‘green’ city, a friendly city. And a compact city too. All the main points of interest are within easy walking distance of each other.
Geographically, Wageningen is located at the meeting point of various types of landscapes. It lies on the Lower Rhine, in the foothills of the Veluwe massif. Various types of landscapes meet here, giving the area its unique character. From the top of the wooded Wageningse Berg, there is a scenic view of the. Wageningen, The 5th of May, and the Liberation of the Netherlands are inextricably linked. It was in Wageningen that the Germans surrendered on 5 May 1945. Wageningen has a well-developed cultural life. The Junushoff Theatre and the Heerenstraattheater cinema attract people from the entire region


, a seaside resort, situated between Amsterdam and The Hague, has a 13 km long sandy beach.Surrounded by woods, wild dunes and in the heart of the Dutch bulb-growing area nearby Keukenhof, Noordwijk is often described as the flower seaside resort of Europe. A large variety of top restaurants, beautifully situated camp sites and much acclaimed nightlife guarantee a varied and particular enjoyable stay in Noordwijk.


Heroics and fisherman's sorrow, flying flags and catching your breath on the beach. This is Katwijk, where tradition reigns side by side with the 21st century. Sports are ubiquitous and there is a lively shopping mall with bars and restaurants. But all the same, consuming a nice herring on the beautiful boulevard may be the most concise image of Katwijk. After a bicycle ride through the dunes or a walk on the beach with the family. That makes Katwijk Refreshingly Different.

The Haarlem-Zandvoort-Bloemendaal region, a colourful area, offers a great diversity in scenery and culture. The area lies right behind the magnifice dunes, to the south of the North Sea canal and within a stone's throw from the west of Amsterdam. The medieval appeal of Haarlem, the hospitality of the fashionable seaside resort of Zandvoort and the fascinating area of Bloemendaal with the variety of (protected) nature reserves makes the area a perfect destination for a short break, on foot or otherwise by bicycle.

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. Its name is derived from "Amstel dam", pointing to the city's origin: a dam on the river Amstel. The city is known for its historic port, the Rijksmuseum, its red-light district (de Wallen), its liberal coffeeshops, and its many canals which have led to Amsterdam being called the “Venice of the North". During the Dutch Golden Age, Amsterdam was one of the most important ports in the world, with innovative developments in trade, and became the leading centre for finance and diamonds.

The city, founded in the late 12th century as a small fishing village, has grown to become the largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 743,104 inhabitants, containing at least 172 nationalities. Amsterdam and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of 1 million to about 1.5 million people, depending on definition, and is part of the Randstad conurbation, which has a population of 6,659,300.

Rotterdam (pronunciation (help·info)) is the second largest municipality by population in the Netherlands, after the capital Amsterdam, and the largest city in the province of Zuid-Holland (South Holland). The port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe and was the world's busiest port from 1962 to 2004, until it was overtaken by Shanghai. Rotterdam is situated on the banks of the river Nieuwe Maas ('New Meuse'), one of the channels in the delta formed by the Rhine and Meuse rivers. The name Rotterdam derives from a dam in the Rotte river.

The Hague (Den Haag, officially also 's-Gravenhage, "The Count's Wood") is the third-largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with a population of 475,580 (as of January 1, 2006) (population of agglomeration: 600,000) and an area of approximately 100 km². It is located in the west of the country, in the province of South Holland, of which it is also the provincial capital. The Hague is, like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, part of the conglomerate metropolitan area Randstad, with a population of 6,659,300 inhabitants.

The Hague is the actual seat of government, but, somewhat anomalously, not the official capital of the Netherlands, a role set aside by the Dutch constitution for Amsterdam. The Hague is the home of the Eerste Kamer (first chamber) and the Tweede Kamer (second chamber), respectively the upper and lower houses forming the Staten Generaal (literally the "Estates-General"). Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives and works in The Hague. All foreign embassies and government ministries are located in the city, as well as the Hoge Raad der Nederlanden

Hoge Raad der Nederlanden (The Supreme Court), the Raad van State (Council of State) and many lobbying organisations.

city is the capital and most populous city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is located in the North-Eastern end of the Randstad, and is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, with a population of 288,535 The smaller Utrecht agglomeration counts some 420,000 inhabitants, while the larger region counts up to 820,000 inhabitants.

Utrecht's ancient city-centre features many buildings and structures from its earliest origins onwards. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the eighth century CE. Currently it is the see of the Archbishop of Utrecht, the most important Dutch Roman Catholic leader. Utrecht is also the see of an archbishop of the Old Catholic church, and the location of the offices of the main protestant church.
Utrecht is host to Utrecht University, the largest university of the Netherlands, as well as several other institutes for higher education. Due to its central position within the country it is an important transportation hub (rail and road) in the Netherlands. It has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam