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Sights & landmarks in Leiden

The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands.

Canal in Leiden
Sights to see

Canals of Leiden

After Amsterdam, Leiden is the city with the greatest number of bridges, canals and moats. Discover Leiden from the water.

Climb the thousand year old citadel in the centre of Leiden.

The Visbrug and Koornbrug are the two most beautiful bridges in Leiden.

Visit the oldest church in Leiden and admire its beautiful interior.


Hooglandse Kerk

The Hooglandse Kerk was never completed and yet it is a beautiful monumental church in Leiden.


The Zijlpoort

In summer, the Zijlpoort is an excellent place to have a cocktail and enjoy the view of the boats sailing by.

Find a table on a terrace on the western edge of the city right next to the centuries-old city gate.

Sights to see


The Academiegebouw, which is infamous for its ‘sweating room’, is the oldest building in Leiden.


Leidse hofjes

Countless idyllic inner courts and gardens lie hidden from sight behind high walls and closed gates.

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