Leiden Spring Beer Walk
Due to the measures in place due to the coronavirus please check the official page of this event for more details on cancellation / postponement.
If you have the wonderful chance to take part in the Spring Beer Walk (Lentebierwandeling) in Leiden, you’ll visit six pubs (better known in the Netherlands as beer cafés) in the centre of Leiden, each of which will offer you a spring beer from a small Dutch brewery.
Try out special spring beers in Leiden
Some of the many great things about Dutch beer are the seasonal varieties that are only available for short periods of time per year, such as spring beer, also known as springbok or lentebok. Breweries make a typical fresh, pale beer for the spring season and that's what visitors on the tour can look forward to.
Visit six beer cafés in Leiden
Naturally, the hosts at each establishment do their utmost to pamper you with a nice glass of spring beer and a snack to go with it. Start at 2pm and go with the flow as you’re guided around some of the nicest beer spots in the city.
Embarking on the Spring Beer Walk costs 32,50 euros per person when you book online in advance. You will receive a unique beer glass, a route description, a stamp card and six beer coupons. You get a stamp in every pub and, when you complete the walk, you will receive a certificate and a nice gift on presentation of a full stamp card.
Participating beer cafés
You visit six beer cafés via a fixed route, either the red route or the blue route. Confirmation of the starting place is sent to all participants on the last Thursday afternoon before the event. You'll be visiting a selection from the following locations, depending on your assigned route:
- Café het Gerecht
- Café Rembrandt
- Café Jantje van Leiden
- De Roze Beurs
- Café de Pelikaan
- Café van Hout
- Café Plantage
- Dranklokaal de WW
- Establissement Einstein
- Café de Keyzer
You will receive an e-mail confirming your order, your starting point (until that point it is a surprise which beer café the tour starts at) along with some additional information. Please note that if you have not received this email by Thursday, April 16, then check your spam folder.
Get your Spring Beer Walk tickets
Spring Beer Walk tickets cost 32,50 euros per person when you book online in advance. This gives you access to six beer cafes where you'll sample a beer and a snack in each.
If you decide to take part at the last minute, a limited number of tickets can be purchased from 1.30pm-2.30pm at the Spring Beer Walk stand in the garden of the Museum of Ethnology (Volkenkunde) on April 19, where the tickets cost 34,50 euros. On the day itself, there is no possibility of buying Spring Beer Walk tickets in the beer cafes, so take note of this final chance for tickets!