Bike tours Leiden area water windmill and food
It doen’t matter in which direction you cycle, the surroundings of Leiden are magical. Explore Leiden nature area by bike in a 2.5 hour, half day or full day guided bike tour. We start in the city centre and are in the countryside within no time. Follow the waterways towards the lakes and windmills, head for the North sea coastline and the flower fields or go in the other direction for Holland cheese farms and windmills or cosy restaurants in the middle of apple orchards and countryside.
Bike tour Leiden lake & windmill : A 2.5 hour cycling tour to the polders, river, lakes and castles. You can add extras, such as a high tea or a guided tour at the windmill.
Bike tour Leiden cheese farm & local food A full day tour by bike to the dairy and cheese farms of Leiden. Taste the difference between Leiden and Gouda cheese, have a glass of fresh local juice and meet the farmer/ miller/ fruit grower
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City challenges & workshops
With its many famous citizens – Rembrandt, Einstein, Pilgrim Fathers-, its very own local festival – Leidens Ontzet- and its cosy city centre Leiden is thé place to dive into arts, science and history in a city challenge or creative workshop. Follow Rembrandt and go windmill (s)hopping, become the hero of the Relief of Leiden local festival in a team challenge or go beyond the city’s borders and explore the Pilgrim Fathers’ Leiden area water windmill and food with a boating teambuilding event.
Day in the country with friends & family
Leiden area water windmill and food is centrally located. Amsterdam, The Hague, Gouda are all around the corner. Leiden itself has great museums and attractions for the whole family. And if you want to spend time in the country, you’re there within 15 minutes by bike or boat. It’s in Leiden’s nature where you experience the authentic Dutch way of life. There is no better place to connect with a local miller, make your own fresh Dutch cheese and taste the best regional products. Did you know the tulip fields and Keukenhof are Leiden’s backyard?
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Leiden water & cheese farms
Come to Leiden area water windmill and food for the good Dutch life. Leiden is really thé place for all things Dutch. Many local festivals take place in or around the water. After Amsterdam Leiden has the largest amount of waterways, bridges and moats. Rent a boat or make a canal cruise in any direction and you’ll soon discover Leiden surroundings is also full of windmills. Ánd, what few people know: Leiden cheese farms.
The Golden Age of beer & windmills
Leiden’s famous Dutch painter was Rembrandt. He lived near the Leiden Rhine river, hence his last name. His family owned two windmills which where used for grinding malt. As one of the largest supplier of malt for the beer brewing industry Rembrandt and his father probably have enjoyed a good amount of Leiden local beers. Back in the 17th century it was a Golden Age for beer production. And nowadays you can still enjoy a freshly brewn local beer on one of the many canal terraces. Or a Leiden gin, the other local drink the city produces. Great to have with a typical Dutch herring, a Dutch pancake or a stamppot (potato dish)
Feel at home in Leiden area water windmill and food
Go for a stroll on the cosy weekly market, enter a restaurant, visit a farm or join a local celebration. You’ll immediately feel at home in Leiden area water windmill and food. It is easy to connect with Leiden locals. Proud of their city, they are friendly people who love to give tips on what to see & do in the city and its surroundings.
Leiden is a welcoming city. After wars and years of oppression in the 16th century it was soon nicknamed City of Refugees. It has welcomed refugees and visitors ever since. The Pilgrim Fathers made Leiden their home before they sailed off to America. Americans and their presidents often visit the city in search of their Leiden roots. American visitors can join the November Thanksgiving ceremony held in the Pieterskerk. The church where the Pilgrims recorded birth, marriage and death.
Einstein & the tulip garden
Scientists from all over the world have visited Leiden. Einstein often got an invitation from university professor Paul Ehrenfest. Many talented students and professors were enrolled in the university. The tulip, for instance, would not have become a typical Dutch icon if it were not for Clusius. He received a tulip bulb as a gift from a foreign friend. It was the start of tulip cultivation in the Netherlands.
Today, tulip fields in spring and dahlia fields in summer are a bike ride away from Leiden. The famous tulip garden Keukenhof is actually closer to Leiden than to Amsterdam,