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Sights & landmarks in Leiden

Canal in Leiden
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Canals of Leiden

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

The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands.

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The Leiden Citadel

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

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The Leiden bridges

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

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Pieterskerk church

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

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Hooglandse Kerk

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

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The Zijlpoort

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

Morspoort, Leiden
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Morspoort city gate

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

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

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Leidse hofjes

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

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