Old cities, new connections. Old project, new Summer University. Old habits, new challenges. This year Leiden, Aachen en Dresden will be working together on a very special SU.
Start your journey in Leiden, the city of keys, where you’ll get to know your new friends. On our bikes, we will discover the highlights of Leiden, Amsterdam and The Hague. Upon arrival you’ll receive 99 challenges to achieve during the SU. A grand prize awaits those that complete the most challenges! After our time in Leiden, we will hit the road and hitchhike towards Aachen, the next stop on our eastbound trip. In Aachen, we will have an active programme including hikes and a visit to the “Kletterwald”. Additionally, we will have some interesting workshops in cooperation with Europe Direct and the Equal Rights Working Group. The next two days will be spent hitchhiking to our final destination, Dresden. Here you will be immersed in the city’s rich history and visit the stunning nature of Saxon Switzerland.
Will you be the one to complete the most challenges? Or the one to arrive at our destination first? Either way, you are guaranteed to gain a lot of new memories, great stories and amazing friends along the way!
Hitchhiking down Route 99
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. Today Leiden forms an important part of Dutch history. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands.
AachenPicturesque city full of history and innovation, and of course the hometown of our beloved polar bear.
DresdenDresden is the uniquely beautiful capital of the Free State of Saxony in Germany. Some lovingly call the city “Elbflorenz”, honoring the resemblance of Dresden and Florence regarding the gorgeous architecture, art and of course their beloved river Elbe. Dresden is a very historic city and has a lot to tell about baroque and royalty, World War II, German reunification and East German culture and much more. Home of DresDino.
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 residents! 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.
The HagueSome 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.