Noordwijk  is a small town in the Bulb Region, province of South Holland, Netherlands. It is mainly known as a beach resort and is ranked high for its nightlife, good dining and generally friendly atmosphere. Noordwijk is divided into two parts: Noordwijk-aan-Zee (the beach resort proper) and Noordwijk-Binnen (the old village) located some 2 km inland. Noordwijk is also a perfect location to further explore the Bulb Region.
Tulip field near Noordwijk (Ruigenhoek)
- VVV Noordwijk, Jan Kroonsplein 4 (Inside Museum Noordwijk), ☎ +31 71 361 9321 ([email protected]), . Apr-Sep Mo-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-4PM; Oct-Mar Tu-Sa 11AM-5PM Su 11AM-4PM Mo closed. edit
Noordwijk is connected to Leiden by the N444 and N206 provincial roads (travel time approx. (approx. 20 min). Coming from Amsterdam, take the A4 and then the A44 in the direction of The Hague, and then take exit Noordwijk to the N444 (approx. 50 min).
By public transport
Noordwijk does not have a train station; the best is to take bus 20 from Leiden train station (travel time approx. 45 min).
Noordwijk is easily reached by bike from Leiden (approx. 40 min).
The town is small enough to walk around; from North to South would take you approximately 40 minutes and you'll walk by beautiful flower fields on the way. The two centers (Noordwijk aan Zee and Noordwijk Binnen) are very compact and car free. There are plenty of possibilities to rent bicycles, which is another good way to get around.
There are a handful of older churches and houses in Noordwijk Binnen, particularly clustered around the Voorstraat and the two large churches.
- Atlantikwall Museum, Bosweg (Located in the dunes; walk from the Vuurtorenplein bus station, or park your car on the Wantveld (approx. 500 m)), ☎ +31 71 361 57 85 ([email protected]), . May-Aug Su 10AM-5PM; guided tours of the bunkers on reservation only (see website); not accessible for disabled people. During the Second World War, the Germans built an enormous system of coastal fortifications known as the Atlantikwall. Parts of it are now open to the public. Well worth the visit, but only opened on Sundays during the Summer season. Adults €5, ages 4-12 €3. edit
- Museum Noordwijk, Jan Kroonsplein 4, ☎ +31 71 361 78 84 ([email protected]), . Apr-Sep Mo-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-4PM; Oct-Mar Tu-Sa 11Am-5PM, Su 11AM-4PM, Mo closed. Farming museum providing a portrait of life in Noordwijk around 1900. Adults €5, ages 5-12 €2.50. edit
- Space Expo Noordwijk, Keplerlaan 3 (Located outside town on the border with Katwijk. From town, take bus 385 to get there.), ☎ +31 71 200 1400, . Tu-Su 10AM-5PM; during holidays also open on Monday. This permanent exposition on the grounds of the European Space Agency's ESTEC facilities is well worth seeing if you are interested in spacecraft. Adults €12, ages 4-12 €8. edit
The beaches in Noordwijk are some of the most popular in The Netherlands, but not nearly as crowded as Scheveningen and Zandvoort. Small restaurants on the beach feature great dining and lounging. The beach is unofficially divided in a section for young people who like to play music (the section in front of the Hoofdstraat), a family beach (Queen Astrid Boulevard) and a all sorts beach (north of the Hoofdstraat entrance). Certain parts of the beach can get quite crowded in summer, but if you are up for a short stroll you will always find yourself a spot or a more secluded place. Local people love to stroll on the beach in the winter too.
The beach of Noordwijk was chosen as one of the most attractive beach destinations by the QualityCoast International Certification Program of the European Coastal & Marine Union.
- Go to the beach, one of the best in this part of Holland. Make sure you take time to head into one of the beach pavilions at the end of the day and grab a drink. These pavilions are located roughly every 500 meters. Some of them are disassembled in the winter, but plenty of beach restaurants stay open all year.
- Explore the dunes by bike.
- Take a boat trip to the Kaag.
- Relax at Krung Thai Massage Parallelboulevard 176.
- Binnen op Zee, Parallel Boulevard 4, ☎ +31713615620, . Think twice about getting a starterdish! Big meals for a good price. edit
- Vivaldi's, street by the beach. The best ice cream in town. So good that locals even come here after dinner at home. Buy an ice cream, sit on one of the benches outside and watch the good and great come past. Had a very large selection of flavours. €2-3 for an ice cream. edit
- Het Koffiehuis, De Grent 32. Nice small bar with lot's of different locals around! Be sure to try the Korenwolf draught beer. edit
- Flying Pig Beach Hostel, Parallel Boulevard 208, ☎ 0031713622533 ([email protected]), . checkin: 11:00; checkout: 11:00. If you're in Amsterdam and staying in the Flying Pig hostel, they have a transfer to their sister hostel in Noordwijk. from €12.50. edit
- Hotel De Ossewa, Duinweg 7, ☎ (071) 361 21 39 (:[email protected]"), . Friendly family-run hotel. Makes a pleasant change from all the business hotels. edit
The attractive and historic Dutch cities of Leiden and Amsterdam are not too far away by bus and train.