Rent a sloop for the day and sail to the Kagerplassen lakes, which everyone calls ‘de Kaag’. De Kaag is a large lake area less than 30 minutes by boat from Leiden. With dozens of windmills and old farms along the water, this is one of our country’s most beautiful boating areas.
Leiden’s biggest annual celebration occurs on 3 October. The city is filled with a fairground, dozens of concerts and thousands of partying people. If you want to party, come to Leiden on this date.
Café de Bonte Koe
A former butcher’s shop has become the most beautiful cafe in Leiden. Order a beer or a coffee and take your time admiring the wonderful interior.
Address: Hooglandsekerkkoorsteeg 13
You have not seen Leiden if you have not strolled along the most beautiful canal in town. It is lined by several museums, the Hortus Botanicus and the Academiegebouw with its famous ‘sweating room’. This is also where members of the Royal Family resided during their student years. A plaque on the wall at number 51 commemorates a special encounter with the Japanese emperor.
The Saturday market dominates Leiden’s inner city and is something everyone should experience. Come with an empty stomach and taste Dutch cheeses, fresh bread and stroopwafels, ‘caramel waffles’, as well as the best herring in Holland from fishmonger Atlantic.
Renting a bicycle
Leiden is in a beautiful location. It is just half an hour away from Amsterdam and The Hague. On a bicycle, just half an hour’s ride will take you to the flower-bulb region or the beaches of Katwijk and Noordwijk. In summer you could also cool down near the water of the Kagerplassen lakes, just a 15-minute ride to Warmond away. Have a look at our itineraries for this area.
The old Latin School where Rembrandt van Rijn took drawing lessons and the foundation of his career was laid is near the Pieterskerk.
Address: Lokhorststraat 16
The Plantsoen is the most beautiful city park within Leiden’s boundaries. Bring along a picnic basket and a book, find a good spot on the grass and relax in the shadow of the tall trees while the boats sail by.