Thursday 22nd of February 2018 06:21:08 PM



Recommended by NL connection

Due to its university, Leiden is considered to be a vibrant and vigorous city. There is always a feeling that something is going and that you do not want to miss, and walking around the city, you can see bars and café’s filled with students and young people.

Leiden is a true treat for adults and youngsters as well - intimate from on hand yet filled with activity on the other. The new comer to Leiden, is granted a typical Dutch welcome. The city center is a jewel of its own, the streets are narrow and clean and the canals that go through the city, gives the city its own uniqueness.

The main street of Leiden is filled with shops, stores, restaurants of all the major brands and chains. But that is not the main shopping attraction! If you will turn to any of the side streets that cross the main shopping street, you will find many boutique stores that are unique to Leiden.

Wandering around the city
You may take a raft and sail the narrow canal of Rapenburg, where you will be able to admire Leiden’s magnificent mansions that were built during the 17th & 18th century.
You can also stroll around the many bridges that the city has to offer, each one unique in its own way.

Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden – the most important archeological museum in the Netherlands. It is famous for its classical Egyptian art collection. It is open Tue-Sun from 1000 to 1700 (and also during school holidays)
Address - Rapenburg, 28, Tel. 071-516-3163

Academisch Historisch Museum – offers a historical glimpse of the local university.
Hortus Botanicus - one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe. The gardens exhibit an impressive collection of exotic plants and flowers (the flora in the gardens needs to be meticulously cared for, and its maintenance is no picnic!).
Leiden’s market – located on the Rapenburg 73 (from the Hortus Botanicus you can take Breestraat which leads you straight to the market) it is a boisterous and colorful market, that offers anything that you can think about, from products to street entertainment.

Molen de Valk – a 17th century, 8 stories wind mill. One of 16 that were scattered around the city. In the past it was used as residential facility, but today it is an open museum. It is open Tue-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00
Address : Binnenvestgracht, 12 tel 071-516-5353

Corpus –located off the main road to Leiden. The museum itself is built as a human body, with several floors (each floor represents a part of the body) for visitors to move around in. You need to book tickets in advance and need to be 8 years or older to enter.
Willem Einthovenstraat 1
2342 BH Oegstgeest
Tel: 071-751-0200

Hofjes – Typical indoor Dutch gardens that are scattered around the city. A beautiful jewel that is worth a visit (Kloksteeg 21 close to the Pieterskerk – church).

Leiden is also home to many famous people – Rembrandt and Huygens (the inventor of the pendulum-clock) have lived here and you can see land marks of their lives around the city – Rembrandt’s wall, his old school etc.

Avifauna – Holland’s fist national park. Located in Alphen aan den Rijn, Hoorn tel. 017-248-7575. It is a bird park with over 400 species of birds, living in their natural habitat (artificial facility, built to best imitate their natural environment).

And what else?
Sauna Thermen 5 Mei - a naked, 3 stories sauna that is very popular among the Dutch. You get a bath-robe to walk around in and you can enjoy the roof, the tanning beds, massages, pools and more.
You need to be 12 or older to enter.
Tel: 071-5720520

Leidse Hout – a magnificent park, filled with animals and lots of tranquility. During the summer months, you may see an open concert on the Water lily (the park’s stage) or some other surprises that may pop along the way.