Leiden, key to discovery

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Leiden, key to discovery

Leiden is the City of Discoveries. In this historical city you will discover many hidden treasures. Leiden was home to iconic master painters like Rembrandt van Rijn en Jan Steen. Rembrandt was born within its walls and spent his childhood and student years in the city. Walking through Leiden’s well-preserved historic centre, with its many canals, a myriad of small streets, alleys and courtyards as well as over 3,000 monumental buildings is like strolling through one of his beautiful paintings.

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Leiden is the City of Discoveries. In this historical city you will discover many hidden treasures.

Leiden was home to iconic master painters like Rembrandt van Rijn en Jan Steen. Rembrandt was born within its walls and spent his childhood and student years in the city. Walking through Leiden’s well-preserved historic centre, with its many canals, a myriad of small streets, alleys and courtyards as well as over 3,000 monumental buildings is like strolling through one of his beautiful paintings.

Leiden is truly a city of museums. No other city in The Netherlands can boast this many wonderful museums at walking distance from each other. Masterpieces of Rembrandt and Lievens, Dinosaur skeletons, krises from Indonesia, an anatomical theatre, an Egyptian temple, treasures from Japan and a journey through the human body: it’s all there to be discovered in Leiden’s many museums.

Leiden has one particular feature that you cannot fail to notice: the water. Second only to Amsterdam, Leiden has more water within its walls than any other Dutch city. A trip on the canals takes you past museums, courtyards and many centuries-old gabled houses. Located at the edge of the Holland Lakes area, Leiden is a focal point for the many tours by pleasure boat that pass through the city and the surrounding area.

More than just a beautiful historic city, Leiden offers fast and easy access to its surrounding area’s many attractions and leisure spots. The beaches at Katwijk en Noordwijk are mere kilometres away. In the spring, the colourful flower fields and landscaped gardens at the Keukenhof attract many visitors.

Leiden is ideally located close to the cities of Amsterdam en The Hague. Leiden is internationally accessible, with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 15 minutes and the smaller Rotterdam-The Hague Airport at 25 minutes.

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