Why go?

Leiden is a university city that is known primarily as the town in which Rembrandt van Rijn was born. This is where the world-famous old master took his first steps on the path towards an amazing life as a painter. But Leiden is much more than this…                

Things to do

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Eating & drinking

Discover the restaurants, squares and terraces in Leiden. This university city is dotted with surprising, hip and affordable restaurants. There are terrace ships in the canals in the center, making your meal and drinks even more special.

Food & Drink

Restaurants in Leiden

Take your pick from our list of top restaurants and have a lovely lunch or dinner in Leiden.

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Shopping

Leiden market

Every Saturday the best market in Holland arises in Leiden’s city centre.

Leiden’s secrets

Discover Leiden as seen through the eyes of the locals with this series of secrets of the city.

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Leiden Details

Apart from Amsterdam, Leiden’s inner city has the greatest number of waterways and bridges in the country. Every summer an amazing parade of boats and other floating vehicles sail through the city’s canals. The inner city is also lined with gentlemen’s houses, university buildings and museums with surprising exhibitions. Naturally this student town boasts a broad variety of attractive terraces, restaurants and cafes.

The area around Leiden also has plenty to offer. Go sailing on the Kagerplassen lakes, sun bathing on Katwijk’s beach or ride a bicycle through the flower-bulb region. All these Dutch highlights are just a 30-minute ride away from Leiden’s town centre. In short, there are many reasons to visit Leiden.

Where is what?

Transport in Leiden

Met het openbaar vervoer
Leiden is located between The Hague and Amsterdam, as well as two international airports. It is a great city for cycling, so go ahead and rent a bicycle at the train station.

Met de auto
Cars are not allowed in the city center but there are ample parking spaces around the center. A free bus will take you from the Haagweg car park to the center.

Transport in Holland

Distances within Holland are easily bridged. Any location you might want to visit can be reached within three hours. The train, bus and tram will taken you pretty much anywhere you want to go. You can also explore Holland by bicycle. With over 32,000 kilometers worth of bicycle paths, Holland is a real cycling country with many fantastic cycling routes.