Leidens Ontzet

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October 2, 2014 - October 3, 2014

Leidens Ontzet (Relief of Leiden) is the event of Leiden that commemorates the Spanish siege and subsequent relief of the city in 1574. Leiden becomes one great festival for two days in a row. Enjoy the parade, fun fair, market, concerts, parties, fireworks and traditional dishes.

Traditions of Leidens Ontzet

Despite the fun fair and numerous parties, Leidens Ontzet is a celebration with many traditions with historical meanings. The morning of three October starts with the reveille at the city hall after which free herring and white bread is given out at the ‘Leidse Waag’. This is followed by a musical gathering in the ‘Van Der Werf’-park and a service in the Pieterskerk. In the evening people traditionally eat a carrot and onion stew called Hutspot. The festivities end with a grand firework show.

2 and 3 October

Leiden is a bustling, friendly medium-sized city with an international character, particularly due to its 400 year old university. During Leidens Ontzet the city transforms into one great festival with entertainment on every street corner. So mark your agenda, because you want to be in Leiden on 2 and 3 October.