Welcome to the fourth cooperation between the two most amazing Dutch locals: Leiden and Nijmegen! As much as we love working together and tradition, this year will be completely different from last years: new schedule, new locations, obviously an amazing new programme and the most awesome new organisers (although some oldtimers al still there because they just can’t let go of SU yet)! Especially for you we have a little sneak peek!
We will start the two weeks of at Leiden, where all the royals have studied at university! Here we will get to know each other for the first time, learn how to behave like royals on a budget, and we will show you around by having a city tour, a pub crawl, a beach visit, and trips to two other cities. We will see The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, and of course the city where the king works. Next to that we will show you Rotterdam, where you will see very different, fancy architecture, and a mix of different cultures all living together.
After our time in Leiden we will move on to the beautiful Nijmegen where we will spend our royal time seeing the city, playing games, having pub crawls and relax and swim at a small beach. Moreover, Nijmegen will be the place we will have the European Night and the Cantus. After this glorious and kingsworthy time we have to move on, but do not despair, we have one city left to discover: Utrecht.
And boy, do we have a surprise for you! In Utrecht we will see everything this old city has to offer by walking and touring the canals and strolling around in the evenings for a royal night out. From Utrecht we will make a trip to our famous capital: Amsterdam! There we will show you the tourist highlights and spend the evening there until our feet hurt and have to be royally transported home by train.
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
- Four Days Marches
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
The Hague and Rotterdam# The Hague
Some places you visit you will never forget. The Hague is one of these places: the best of both
worlds. The Hague is a city of peace and quiet. Of city and beach. Of new styles and old masters. Of shops and palaces. Of exotic kitchens and “Hollandse” fish haven. Of international courtroom to street wisdom. Of Hagenaars and Hagenezen. The Hague is the political heart of the Netherlands. Via the famous little entrance you enter the historical “Binnenhof”. Thé place where important decisions have been and are being made.
Futuristic architecture, inspired local initiatives such as inner-city canal surfing, a proliferation of art, and a surge of drinking, dining and nightlife venues make Rotterdam one of Europe's most exhilarating cities right now. The Netherlands' second-largest metropolis has a diverse, multiethnic community, an absorbing maritime tradition centred on Europe's busiest port, and a wealth of top- class museums. Rotterdam is a veritable open-air gallery of modern, postmodern and contemporary construction. It's a remarkable feat for a city largely razed to the ground by WWII bombers. Rebuilding has continued unabated ever since with ingenuity and vision.
- Erasmus bridge
- Post WWII architecture
- Cube houses