Hey folks! We're very excited to host the third collaboration SU between AEGEE-Leiden and AEGEE-Nijmegen.
We have pulled our great brains together and created the best SU so far, as we have a saying: "Three times is shipright" meaning the third time's the charm. We visit all the best cities of the Netherlands: Leiden, Utrecht and Nijmegen, from there also visiting Rotterdam, Amsterdam (optional fee) and more! All those cities have had great impact on our Golden Age, and we're going to relive it! The theme of the SU is water related because our small nation was (and still is) heavily dependent on the water. Symbolically coming back in party themes, swimming and boat rides.
Are you ready to party until the sun comes up and also participate in the great activities during the day? You are the one we want!
See you at our Summer University: Relive our Golden Age (Three times is shipright!).
Get wet in the Netherlands
LeidenLeiden was formed on an artificial hill at the confluence of the rivers Oude and Nieuwe Rijn (Old and New Rhine). In the oldest reference to this, from circa 860AD, the settlement was called Leithon. In 1572, the city sided with the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule and played an important role in the Eighty Years War. Besieged in 1574 by the Spanish, Leiden was relieved by cutting of the dikes, thus enabling shops to carry provisions to the inhabitants of the flooded town. As a reward for the heroic defense of the previous year, the University of Leiden was founded by Willem van Oranje in 1575. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. Yearly on October 3th, the end of the siege is still celebrated in Leiden. Today Leiden forms an important part of Dutch history.
- Botanic Garden
- Pieters Church
UtrechtUtrecht is the capital of the Dutch province Utrecht and the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. Since the 8th century it has been the religious centre of the Netherlands. Until the Dutch Golden Age Utrecht was the most important city of the Netherlands, but then Amsterdam became the cultural centre. Nevertheless the city has the second highest number of cultural events in the Netherlands.
- Domplein Square, Dom Church & Dom Tower
- Oudegracht (canals)
- Dick Bruna Huis
- Pandhof Sinte Marie
- Botanical Gardens
NijmegenNijmegen is a city located in the east of the Netherlands, near the German border. It is considered to be the oldest city in the Netherlands and has celebrated its 2000th year of existence in 2005. The city is located next to the river Waal. The city is famous for the International Four Day March Nijmegen (Nijmeegse Vierdaagse), an annual event starting on the third Tuesday in July, comprising four days of walking, and the accompanying festivities (Vierdaagsefeesten). The event is international and has an average of 40,000 participants from 30 countries.
- Grote Markt
- St. Stevenschurch
- Town Hall
AmsterdamThe capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, is known for its world-class museums and art galleries, fabulous quirky shopping and all kinds of entertaining delights. It’s the largest city of the Netherlands. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest estimates conclude that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent resident! Another funny fact is that Amsterdam actually has more canals than Venice. You will see many boats and small bridges in this city, since it is part of the local culture. With people of 175 different nationalities living in Amsterdam it actually has a lot of different cultures. It also means that this city is known to be the most multicultural city in the world.
- Dam Square & Royal Palace
DelftDelft is a city and a municipality in the Netherlands. It is located in the province of South Holland, where it is situated north of Rotterdam and south of the The Hague. Delft is known for its historic town centre with canals, Delft Blue pottery, the Delft University of Technology, painter Johannes Vermeer and scientist Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and its association with the royal House of Orange-Nassau. The city centre retains a large number of monumental buildings, whereas in many streets there are canals of which the borders are connected by typical bridges, altogether making this city a notable tourist destination. Historical buildings and other sights of interest include:
- Oude Kerk (Old Church)
- Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), constructed between 1381 and 1496. It contains the Dutch royal family's burial vault, which between funerals is sealed with a 5,000 kg (11,023 lb) cover stone.
- A statue of Hugo Grotius made by Franciscus Leonardus Stracké in 1886, located on the Markt near the Nieuwe Kerk.
- The Prinsenhof (Princes' Court), now a museum
- City Hall on the Markt.
- The Oostpoort (Eastern gate), built around 1400. This is the only remaining gate of the old city walls.
- The Vermeer Centre in the rebuilt Guild house of St. Luke.
- The historical "Waag" building (Weigh house).
Windmill De Roos, a tower mill built c.1760. Restored to working order in 2013. Another windmill that formerly stood in Delft, Het Fortuyn, was dismantled in 1917 and re-erected at the Netherlands Open Air Museum, Arnhem, Gelderland in 1920.
- The Porceleyne Fles: home of Delft’s Blue