The old fishing village of Katwijk is a nice town with a great beach, long promenade and cosy center. It is centrally located in the Dutch conurbation, close to the popular historical cities of Leiden, The Hague and Amsterdam. The ‘Keukenhof’, famous for its tulips, is in the nearby town of Lisse.
The name ‘Catwijck’ first appeared in archives in 1231. The name presumably originates from the Germanic tribe ‘The Chatten’ who resided at the estuary of the Rhine in the North Sea. This location led to Katwijk being a strategic spot with a rich history. The border of the Roman empire (‘Limes’) was here, as well as the ‘Atlantic Tankwall’ on the beach during World War II.
Many traces of Katwijk’s history can still be found, such as pieces of the Atlantic Wall and Bunkers in the dunes or excavations of Roman roads and settlements. Katwijk is also ideally located as a starting point for activities in the region. Visiting the tulip fields of Lisse, hiking over the beach to Scheveningen or Noordwijk, or visiting a Dutch city. The Hague, Leiden and Amsterdam for example are close by and easily accessible by bus and train.
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