The location and the surroundings within 40 km of the “WaterNest”

The Dutch lake district, located in “the Green Heart” of Holland, has a special landscape with many lakes, ponds, streams and ditches. In this area there are also many opportunities for water sports, such as a trip by boat or canoe.

The WaterNest is within a 30 minute drive from several unique cities, such as Amsterdam, Leiden, The Hague and the beaches of Scheveningen and Noordwijk.

Schiphol Airport is only 15 minutes away.

Do not forget to  take a trip to the colourful and famous bulb flower fields in spring….and the Keukenhof, the famous Dutch bulb flower park near the village of Lisse.

Holiday camps for kids to learn to sail and get an official licence.

Enjoy, laugh, relax and explore…….

“Sailing, biking, boating, canoeing, water skiing, skating, swimming, hiking, fishing, dining, culture”

How to get there?

Car_800x419      By car: Take the A4 highway, exit 5, Roelofarendsveen.
Plane_749x600      By plane: From Schiphol (Amsterdam) Airport, 15 min by taxi.
 Train_800x439       By train: From Leiden and then take bus no.56 approx. 20 min.

Schiphol Airport
Schiphol (or in English Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam Airport, Schiphol Airport Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam), is the largest Dutch airport and one of the most important airports in Europe. In 2010 Schiphol was in terms of passenger numbers, the fifteenth largest airport in the world.

The airport lies in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, and lies about 15 km southwest of Amsterdam.

Schiphol is the home base of the Dutch airline KLM, Corendon, and Transavia. In addition it is the European hub of Delta Air Lines and the third hub of budget airline Vueling. Easyjet also use the airport as a hub. The airport is located a few meters below sea level and has six start and runways.

Area map

What to do?

Kaag and Braassem, enjoy the scenery; boating, cycling, hiking, skating tours, fishing, water skiing.

Kaag and Braassem: a typically Dutch polder and lake in “the Green Heart” of Holland. The people here have special stories about their beautiful trails, cultural events and the history of the eleven villages. Venture out on the basis of special hiking, sailing and cycling. Take the opportunity to taste a piece of cheese and explore the beautiful windmills, churches and monuments. Enjoy a snack and a drink at one of the many terraces: Kaag and Braassem, uncover their stories.

The Kaag / Kaag Island / Warmond

Portal to the Kagerplassen, boat rental, restaurants, sailing schools/camps.

Centrally located in the Randstad, between Amsterdam and Leiden is the water sports area of ​​the Kaag Lakes. The centre consists of the village Kaag and the Buitenkaag. Enclosed by the Ringvaart lies the picturesque island of Kaag. The many old buildings give the impression that time has stood still in this unique water sport village. In various hospitality venues and near the ferry, the so-called “Silver Bikes” are in season available on the island; use these bikes for free during the spring and summer, to cycle around the small island.

The Kagerplassen ise a true paradise for lovers of sailing, canoeing, rowing, water skiing, skating and fishing. Despite all the available water sports the Kaag exudes tranquillity and offers stunning views over the water. Its meadows invite you for a walk where you can sit on the terraces at the water. There are several restaurants in the double village, water-related businesses, including sailing schools and a playground for the little ones.

Leiden, and  CORPUS museum; a journey through the human body.

Leiden is known for its almshouses, university, museums and glorious history. With its canals, historic buildings, the streets, the treasures of knowledge, culture and science, Leiden is worth visiting.

In CORPUS you can experience in 55 minutes a spectacular journey through the human body ‘. This is unique in the Netherlands, even in the world. Nowhere else you will get a special glimpse into the mechanisms of the human being. You will learn how the body works and what you need to do to keep it healthy; exercise frequently, healthy eating and healthy living, that’s the motto of CORPUS!

Noordwijk aan Zee a place to fall in love with

Noordwijk is a modern seaside resort with a rich history. It is the heart of the famous bulb flower fields and known for its eye-catching 13 km long sandy beach. The lively boulevards, the atmospheric old town centre, rugged dunes and vast forests are top attractions.

Noordwijk is also the location of the headquarters for the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), part of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA’s visitors’ centre Space Expo is a permanent space exhibition.

Noordwijk is also the setting for a relaxed break. Thanks to excellent restaurants, numerous events and activities and a vibrant nightlife, in Noordwijk, you will never get bored. Its a place to fall in love with… again and again!

The world famous bulb flower fields / Keukenhof, March to May

During the flowering of bulbs Noordwijkerhout and the bulb flower fields are one of the most colorful and fragrant places in the world. After the bloom of the crocuses, from late March till early May the tulips, daffodils and hyacinths come into bloom. Have you ever seen more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, all in bloom? Keukenhof, the most beautiful spring garden in the world!

Besides the more than 32 acres of flowers, the park offers 30 inspirational flower shows, 7 surprising inspirational gardens and 100 beautiful artworks. Keukenhof is world famous, unique and has already served as a backdrop for more than 60 years for beautiful photos.


Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From its canals to world-famous museums and historical sites, Amsterdam is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: culture, nightlife, international restaurants, good transportation – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In Amsterdam your destination is never far away.

What makes Amsterdam so attractive is the combination of the 17th-century historical atmosphere and mentality of a modern metropolis. The small buildings and the intimacy of streets, canals and squares create a unique atmosphere for visitors.

The city has the highest density of museums in the world and recognizes cultural highlights like the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, where Rembrandt’s famous work “The Night Watch”can be seen. View Amsterdam’s attractions: go an afternoon at the Artis Zoo or book a cruise through its canals. The best way to discover Amsterdam is by bike. Cycle through the city as if you were a resident of the city.

The Hague

The Hague is one of the most beautiful cities of the Netherlands. Not only because our government is established here, but also due to the many monuments, historic neighbourhoods and proximity to the coast. The Hague is also known as “the city of peace and justice” and it is called the royal city, since many members of the royal family, live in the upscale neighbourhoods of The Hague.

On the Square and the Market are plenty of cosy restaurants, where it is buzzing every day of the week. The shops are just as varied as the city itself, you will find everything from luxury department stores and world famous brands to lively streets full of boutiques and trinket shops. In addition, The Hague offers art and culture of world level.

Finally The Hague proves that a modern skyline and a historic downtown can go well together. Inspired by the famous Flat Iron Building in New York, The Hague Tower hosts many one-of-a-kind and diverse attractions. From the upper floors you can enjoy breathtaking views: the skyline of The Hague, the coastline to the Hook of Holland and the centres of Rotterdam and Leiden.

An indulgence is the beach of Scheveningen, the most famous seaside resort on the Dutch coast, where you can sunbathe in the summer and in the winter you will be surrounded by a breath of fresh air. With attractions like Madurodam and Omniversum, The Hague is also a joy for young audiences.

Boat trips

The Dutch lake district, located in the Green Heart of Holland, has a special landscape with many lakes, ponds, streams and ditches. In this area there are also many opportunities for water sports, such as a trip by boat or canoe.

Beautiful day trips by boat can also be made through the canals of Leiden (1hr by boat) and you can even cruise through the world famous canals of Amsterdam (3 hour boat ride away)

Lake district Kagerplassen boat map; download as pdf (click on the photo)

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