Noordwijk, Europe’s floral seaside resort.
An ideal place to be. A lively backdrop for holiday gatherings and festive occasions, with its rough dunes, beautiful woods and bulb fields. The region also offers a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Think about flower and music parades, the Tulpenrally, a Painter Festival, and so on. The shopping centre is open on Sunday.
Noordwijk is more than beach and dunes.
The village lies in de middle of Zuid-Holland, between Katwijk and Zandvoort, in the heart of the Bollenstreek (bulbs area). There are two centres: Noordwijk aan Zee, the seaside resort with a long sandy beach, and Noordwijk Binnen, witch have an old centre with old buildings, stately houses and wonderful facades.
Noordwijk’s history dates back no less than 2000 years B.C. and the first signs of inhabitants therefore also stem from those days. From the ninth century on, there is a written recording, in which the torture of Priest Jeroen in 857 and the battle of Noordwijk in 876 are described.
The first visitors to Noordwijk were pilgrims visiting to the place of Sint Jeroens’s death. In 1429, the Bishop of Utrecht proclaimed Noordwijk to be an official place of pilgrimage.
Most of the population of Noordwijk aan Zee were fishermen with a Protestant background. Noordwijk Binnen Roman Catholic inhabitants did work in flower bulb cultivation.
Noordwijk lies central in Holland. On a location where you can easily start for hicking, cycling, watersport, museum visiting, and so on.
There are good bus-connextions between, Leiden, Den Haag, Haarlem, Schiphol and Amsterdam.
The centre of Noorwijk Binnen. The historical museum.
ESTEC Space Expo is Europe’s first permanent space-travel exhibition and an extremely attraction in the Netherlands. Space Expo is also the visitor-centre of ESTEC.
You can find all pictures in the digital picturebook 'Noordwijk in vogelvlucht'*. --
(* Noordwijk in a birds-view)