Has it always been your dream to visit the low lands of Belgium and the Netherlands?
Experience living below sea level? Ride a bike from city to city? And live the Burgundian lifestyle? Well, this is your chance! This summer you will be visiting the best spots in Belgium and the Netherlands, while learning how you can save the environment.
This two-week adventure will start in Leuven, Belgium, where you will be visiting the beautiful cities of Ghent, Brussels and Bruges. In Leuven we will experience the Belgian student life, which will involve hanging out in one of the pubs around the old market in the city center. We will also visit the Provinciaal Domein, a very big park in which you will find a bee house, an ecohouse and a lot of animals and meadows. We'll explore Belgium in a culinary way in Brussels, eating the best fries the country has to offer, and visit one of the nicest tourist locations, Bruges, with its famous old town that makes you think you're in a museum. Besides all the travelling and visiting, you will also have the chance to gain some insights into sustainability initiatives in Belgium. Stay tuned!
After the first week we will travel north to Tilburg, the Netherlands, by hitchhiking! Here the largest funfair of the Netherlands will welcome you and you will be introduced to Pink Monday. From here we will make a day trip to the capital Amsterdam. The city known for its canals, museums, coffee shops and… the red light district. We also will pay a visit to 's-Hertogenbosch, the historical capital of the province Noord-Brabant. Last but not least we will visit Rotterdam, the biggest harbour city of the Netherlands which is why it’s called Gateway to Europe. In Rotterdam we will also visit Kinderdijk which has 19 windmills and is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Afterwards we will chill out on a nice city beach!
Because this will be a Green SU, you will be spending a lot of time on a bike in the Netherlands!
Are you up for it? Don’t worry, you will love it!
Teaching and showing how everyday choices can be sustainable in your personal life
BrusselsThe city of Brussels is the capital of Belgium and (!) the capital of the EU. The secretariat of AEGEE-Europe, the Benelux and the headquarters of the NATO are also located in Brussels. Brussels is just a few kilometres north of the boundary between Belgium's language communities—French in the south, Dutch in the north. Historically a Dutch-speaking city, it has seen a major shift to French since Belgian independence in 1830. Today, although the majority language is French, the city is officially bilingual.
GhentGhent is the capital and largest city of East Flanders. The Ghent Festival is one of the biggest festivals and attracts around 1 - 1,5 million visitors each year. It has an old city centre with the third largest port of Belgium.
AmsterdamAmsterdam is the capital city and most populous city of the Netherlands. Notorious for its red light district and its abundance of coffee shops, Amsterdam is also colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals that crisscross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. There is something for every traveller's taste here; whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city. Amsterdam is one of the most diverse and multicultural places in the world.
RotterdamRotterdam has the largest port in Europe and is sometimes called 'Gateway to Europe'. It is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is also famous for it's bridges. It has a beach near called 'Hoek van Holland'. There is a world known village called 'Kinderdijk' which has a large amount of windmills and is a big tourist attraction.
BrugesBruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, in the northwest of the country. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is oval-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam and Stockholm, it is sometimes referred to as The Venice of the North.