Alphen aan den Rijn is a town in the western Netherlands. The city is situated on the banks of the Old Rhine between Utrecht and Leiden. The area around Alphen aan den Rijn has been inhabited for 2000 years. During the Roman Empire, the Old Rhine was the head branche of the Rhine. On the modern center of the city, the Romans built a fortress (Castellum Albanianae). Remanants of the Romans ahve been found and can be seen in Leiden at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities).
Alphen aan den Rijn is in the middle of four big cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, the Hague) in the Randstad, the West-Center of the Netherlands, also known as the Green Heart. In time the large cities are ½ hour by car away.
Oudhoornse Kerk (Oudhoorn Church) is a Protestant church at the border of the Old Rhine founded by Cornelis the Flemish.
Remonstrantse Kerk (Remonsttant Church) formerly a synagogue.
Korenmolen de Eendracht (Cornmill de Eendracht) This mill was founded in 1752 and located at the north side of the river de Gouwe. In 1898 the mill has been transferred to Alphen aan den Rijn to replace another mill. Until 1955 the mill has been used commercially. Open every Saturday for public viewing.
Old City Hall. Nowadays houses the music school. At the Burgemeester Visserpark.
Town house. In 2003 the new State House has been opened. A revolutionary design with trends of openness accentuated by using glass.
Catholic St Bonifatius Church founded in 1884.
Crypt of the family De Smeth is in the protestant church
Advents Church. Formerly the first Bonifatius Church, but during the Eighty Years' War destroyed and rebuilded as protestant church.
Keukenhof - The best way to visit Keukenhof is to go to Leiden which can be used as a base by many to explore the tulip district in April and May. From the Central Station in Leiden there are special busses going directly to Keukenhof. (Bus service 54). If you want to avoid half an hour in a cramped bus for an extra 500 m walk, just ask which busses go to Lisse (50, 51 and 57).
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, . (National Museum of Antiquities). Includes an outstanding collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, and a small temple that was given to the Netherlands by the Egyptians for their help with the Aswan monuments transfer project. It also features an exhibition on the archeological history of the Netherlands including dug-up burial treasures and the like.