About thirty kilometres from the North Sea and well below sea level,
Alphen aan den Rijn stretches along the banks of the Old Rhine.
This location has always held people's interest. The oldest proof
of this stems from Roman Times.
The Romans built
a castellum here. Later generations turned the surrounding tree
swamps into polders with agricultural activity in which meadow birds,
unusual animals and plants have found a good place to live: the
current Green Heart of Holland. The dynamics of the past are continued
in the modern city of Alphen aan den Rijn. This forms a centre for
living, working and recreation for its own 70,000 inhabitants and
about 140,000 in the surrounding area. Work is in full progress
on creating a completely new city centre, a modern infrastructure
for traffic and innovative health care facilities. In addition,
the city has plenty of shops, sports facilities and a public transportation
junction to offer. People living in Alphen are of the opinion that
a green environment should not be lacking any more than traffic
infrastructure, housing, shops and schools. That is why the municipality
and residents co-operate in creating beautiful and vital green space
in the city.