Leeuwarden, a city with about 95,000 inhabitants. Leeuwarden is the capital city of the province of Friesland. The heart of the city is very old, with beautiful old buildings (500 monuments), nice shops, a beautiful theatre, lots of events, museums and of course the canals. There are countless restaurants and pubs in Leeuwarden and in the summer there are many terraces where you can enjoy a drink and look out over the canals. And while you’re here you should try the famous Frisian ‘Oranjekoek’, a unique local cake!
Leeuwarden is highly recommended as a student city. It has a large variety in students' clubs, restaurants, cafes and theatres. For every student there are plenty of sports, music and cultural events. Many recreational activities are within easy reach. Water sports such as sailing, swimming and canoeing can all be done in close proximity to the city. Cycling is not only recreational, but also the easiest way to move around. The students' sports club organizes a wide range of sports activities, in which there is something for everybody's taste.
Nature + city breaks
Although Leeuwarden itself lies in a region where nature, water and tranquillity dominate, it is only a 1½ hour drive away from Amsterdam. The extensive public transport infrastructure also provides easy connections between Leeuwarden and all the major cities in the Netherlands.
Travelling to Leeuwarden
If you travel by train from Schiphol Airport, it will take you about 2,5 hours to get to Leeuwarden. Tickets can be purchased at the railway station located at the airport.
The public transport system in the Netherlands is well developed. A dense network of trains covers the country. If you want to discover the Netherlands by train, it’s wise to buy a discount card. There are different types of discount cards fort sale.
For more information and the Dutch railway timetables, check www.ns.nl. Tickets can be purchased at the railway station; there are ticket offices and ticket machines.
The intensive public transport infrastructure connects Leeuwarden with all major cities in The Netherlands.
To travel by bus, tram or the underground (metro) you need a chipcard. You can upload your chipcard at a post office, a train or bus station, in a supermarket or department store. The bus station is nearly always next to the railway station. The departure and arrival schedules can be found at the station.
You can reach all the big cities quite easily by car. Parking can be expensive and problematic in these cities. A cheap and quick way is to use a P&R. That’s parking away from the centre and then travelling by public transport to the centre. You buy an all-in-one ticket for about € 5. For that you can park for 24 hours and travel to the centre and back to the car park again. The roads in the Netherlands are perfectly maintenanced.
People in the Netherlands are great cyclists. The country is flat so cycling is the easiest way to get around. There are special bicycle paths and other facilities for non-motorised two-wheelers. You can buy a good second-hand bike at our partner Zienn during the introductionweek we will pay them a visit. Or go in one of the shops in town or check www.marktplaats.nl or Facebook: Leeuwarden's First Online Garage Sale https://www.facebook.com/groups/leeuwardengaragesale/.