Leiden is located just 30 minutes by bus from The Flying Pig Beach hostel front door. A vibrant student town with countless bars and restaurants and the visual beauty of Amsterdam. Jump on a canal cruise and see the 16th & 17th century architecture from below street level, walk the cobbled backstreets or browse the multiple shopping districts running throughout the city. The remains of the 12th century Burcht Van Leiden sit in the heart of the Leiden next to the enormous 15th century Hooglandse Kerk and offer a 360° bird’s eye view of the historic city centre. Every Saturday, Leiden is home to one of the best markets in The Netherlands, making the city a great weekend destination. Leiden’s train station offers easy links to the rest of the country as well as international train lines to each of the countries surrounding The Netherlands.
Den Haag (25km)
The Hague (Den Haag) is the third largest city in The Netherlands and the capital of the province of South Holland. Easily accessible by bus from Noordwijk, with a population of over 1 million people, this historic city is one of the most important cities in Europe due to it being home to the International Criminal Court and the International Court Of Justice. The Hague is home to over 35 museums, offering everything from the world’s largest private collection of automobiles, multiple art galleries, a museum dedicated crime and punishment through the ages and even a miniature village to demonstrate Dutch living and society. The seaside resort of Scheveningen covers 6km of North Sea coastline to the West of the centre of The Hague. The sea life aquarium, modern art museum, multiple restaurants & bars, a giant ferris wheel at the end of the pier and various other attractions make Scheveningen a must see whilst visiting The Netherlands.
Rotterdam is quickly becoming one of the most sought after cities to visit in Europe due to its vibrant nightlife, funky modern architecture, busy shopping districts, countless museums and attractions and thriving food scene. Designed in the late 1970’s, the cube houses of Rotterdam, with their bright yellow cladding and slanted walls have become internationally recognisable for their striking appearance. Rotterdam’s market hall is a ginormous indoor market boasting over 100 fresh produce stalls, 15 food stores and 8 restaurants making it a foodie’s heaven! Rotterdam Zoo is located in the district of Blijdorp, with an indoor oceanarium and Amazonian botanical garden, it offers a great day trip for all ages. Whether you’re hoping for a day trip shopping, a day visiting museums & art galleries, a day sampling some incredible food or a crazy night out on the town, Rotterdam has what you’re looking for.