Sign up NOW for the best SU of 2016! Follow the footsteps of the old Dutch Masters and take a journey through Netherland's most amazing places. Inspired by these masters of art we give you the opportunity to create YOUR own SUmmer! Paint with all the colours of the Netherlands (or is it of the wind? Pocahontas, anyone?).
During this SU we will take you through the country and its beautiful cities; Leiden, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Delft, Utrecht and Amsterdam! All vastly different places, all home to other pieces of true Dutch-ness. In these cities we will sniff the local culture and indulge you in the best works of art: amazing cathedrals, museums, wonderful old and modern architecture, the canals (on a boat!), all kinds of food (you will especially love the stroopwafel - stroopwafels alone are enough reason to sign up!), and of course the best piece of art - parties! We will take you clubbing, pub crawling, visit the Four Days Marches and possibly karaoke singing through the Netherlands, making sure you get the best experience out of every place and hour. We will give also some really nice workshops about the Dutch culture and art! To also truly celebrate the AEGEE life we will hitchhike between Leiden, Utrecht and Nijmegen, allowing you to connect with Dutch locals and see new places you've never been before. Now I hear you think, "this is all a bit too good to be true, right?" My friend, it surely is not! The Dutch do not lie - this SU will give you all you've ever wanted. And then I see you ask yourself, "did the old Dutch Masters live life like this too?" and I can tell you that the answer is yes. Okay. Maybe without the partying... But the Dutch have been and always will be creative, appreciative and open-minded, and we want nothing more but to share that with you!
So take a chance. Let your SUmmer truly begin. Create it. Live it, and enjoy every single moment of it!
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 860, 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 William of Orange 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 is 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 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). Buried here: Piet Hein, Johannes Vermeer, Anthony van Leeuwenhoek.
- 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