1. The authentic Molendriegang
Let’s start with one of the most magical places in Leidschendam, the Molendriegang. These are 3 windmills, built around 1672 to drain the Driemanspolder. Today the mills are active once a month. You can see the windmills from afar, because they are in the middle of a beautiful polder landscape. But you can also admire these impressive historical buildings with its huge wicks up close. Therefor you have to go to the Stompwijkseweg. We are so lucky, for us it is only a 5 minute bike ride to spot the windmills. That’s why we often enjoy this special Dutch view just around the corner.
2. The Nieuwe Driemanspolder, the place where you can walk for hours
A few meters from the Molendriegang, you will find the vast Nieuwe Driemanspolder. This is the perfect place for a walk or bike ride to enjoy the tranquility in the middle of nature. You are away from all the noice for a while. The polder has been constructed to store rainwater, so you will see a lot of water. You will probably also come across horses, because bridleways have been constructed throughout the polder.
3. Leidschendammerhout, the habitat of Scottish Highlanders
With their messy orange hair and pointy horns, the Scottish Highlanders are impressive animals. You have a good chance of spotting them in the green Leidschendammerhout nature reserve. Follow the Duinwaterpad and you will automatically come across them. Here the Scottish Highlanders graze in their own territory. They are so curious, so they often come very close. At one point we could just stroke their fluffy hair. Besides being cute, they can also pose as professional models! So don’t forget to bring your camera. They will love it!
4. Picturesque Leidschendam at the Sluis
Did you enjoy a walk in the Leidschendammerhout or the Nieuwe Driemanspolder? Then we definitely recommend relaxing on one of the terraces at De Sluis. It is a bustling part in Leidschendam full of restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors.
Our favorite spots for lunch or dinner are:
💛 Italian Restaurant Fratelli & Brasserie aan de Sluis. Both have a terrace in the sun, with a view of the Petrus & Paulus Church and the bobbing boats passing the the Rijn-Schie Canal.
💛 Restaurant NR 11, with a cute courtyard garden and fancy interior.
Our favorite spot for ice cream is:
💛 IJs & zo. They have very tasty and special ice cream flavors.
5. The Futuristic Mall of The Netherlands
In addition to all the beautiful nature and authentic places, Leidschendam is also very modern and innovative. The largest indoor shopping center in the Netherlands can be found here: the Mall of the Netherlands. With 230 shops, a food hall, cinema and various restaurants, there are plenty of options for a day out! What immediately stands out is the futuristic design on the inside and outside. All stores look beautiful and are real eye-catchers!