A season of culture, canals and sunshine

Embrace the endless days of summer in the Leiden region, where vibrant culture meets natural beauty. Dive into a wide array of activities and events in the city and its surroundings. Water sports enthusiasts can spend a summer day on Leiden’s canals by renting a boat, going SUP-boarding, and more. Nature lovers can visit the Hortus botanicus in Leiden and Leidsehout park. Don’t miss out on the stunning beaches of the North Sea, including those in Wassenaar, Katwijk, and Noordwijk, which are just a few kilometres away and easily accessible by cycling or public transport. Your perfect summer adventure awaits!  


Lakes in the Zoeterwoude Area

The area of Zoeterwoude is fantastic during the summer. Here, you can find lakes that are splendid for relaxing and swimming. One of the most notorious lakes is Zoetermeerse Plas, which is 14 minutes by bike from Zoeterwoude and has many forests surrounding it, making it perfect to stay in the shade during a warm summer day. Zoetermeerse plas is also home to a beach stretching over 1 km, with two restaurants in the area.

Another excellent recommendation is Vlietland, which is known for its water activities such as canoening, sailing, and jet skiing. Vlietland also has a forest and enough greenery to lie down and enjoy the view of the lake. You can also find Lake De Plas, which is across Zoetermeerse plas. De Plas is further into the countryside and is near Boerderij' t Geertje, a farm where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch and visit animals, offering a perfect opportunity for a day out in peace. 

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August Meet&Mingle Special Summer Edition

Ready to experience Leiden from a new perspective? Partnering with OpStep, we invite you to join a delightful city centre tour on kickbikes. Join us for a special summer edition of our Meet&Mingle in the Leiden region! 

Hop on and follow your guide as we explore the rich history and local traditions of Leiden. It's not just about discovering the city, it's also a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow internationals. Along the way, we'll take a well-deserved break at a local pub for Dutch snacks and drinks. Don't miss out on this chance to connect and enjoy summer time in Leiden!  

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