Why meet in Leiden

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Why meet in Leiden

Leiden may be small in size but internationally renowned for its university and knowledge centres. Traditional institutions and a flourishing start-up community create a unique synergy making it a valuable meeting and convention destination.

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Leiden may be small in size but internationally renowned for its university and knowledge centres. Traditional institutions and a flourishing start-up community create a unique synergy making it a valuable meeting and convention destination.

  • Internationally renowned research university
  • Largest bioscience cluster in Europe
  • Compact, historic city with 13 museums

Meeting and convention destination

Leiden is a very compact city, yet offers convention space for up to 2.500 delegates. Since Leiden is a historic city, many of the 20 unique convention locations are housed right in the historic city centre surrounded by idyllic canals and in walking distance from most hotels. Including the surrounding area Leiden offers 3.000 hotel rooms.

Top European knowledge centres

Leiden is home to The Netherlands’ oldest and most prestigious university. It dates back to 1575 and annually makes it to the list with the world’s best 100 universities. On a more modern note, the Bio Science Park Leiden is the largest Life Sciences Cluster in The Netherlands. It features 93 dedicated medical life science companies and institutions, the largest number of bioscience start-ups in The Netherlands, several multinationals and internationally acclaimed research institutes.

Historic city

A stroll through the historic city centre will take you along canals, (working) windmills, historic ports and courtyards, more than 3.000 monuments, no less than 13 museums and the place where world renowned artist Rembrandt was born.

Location, location, location

While Leiden may be small in size compared to other convention cities, which is also part of the city’s irresistible charm, it is conveniently located between Schiphol Airport (15 minutes), Amsterdam (30 minutes), The Hague (10 minutes), the famous tulip area (20 minutes) and the beach (15 minutes).

Are you ready to plan your meeting or convention in Leiden? Or do you have specific questions? Contact Leiden Convention Bureau.



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