The 99 best places to visit during a city trip in Leiden
The compact Leiden has something for everyone. So you can see hundreds of monuments walking or sailing. Discover Rembrandt masterpieces, treasures from all over the world and the secrets of the human body in museums. And shop in atmospheric streets and alleys. For conviviality, this university city is also good thanks to a variety of restaurants and cafés. Keep your eyes open, keys pop up everywhere in the city centre, the weapon of the city.
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This landscaped city park is located on the former strongholds of the city. Its location on the water makes it a wonderful place.
A trendy vintage store with an extensive collection that is partly imported from America. The offer is large and distinctive.
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Find peace and quiet in one of the most beautiful and oldest courtyards in Leiden. This is also the only Leiden court that still has its own chapel.
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The coziest living room of Leiden. You are welcome for lunch, drinks or dinner. Meanwhile, enjoy art, music and other entertainment.
Hundreds of lamps illuminate the beautiful building of Voetlicht, dating from 1609. A Tiffany, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau specialty store.
The Wevershuis shows 'the other side of Leiden'. Not the Leading of the wealthy elite with their imposing properties, but the Leading of the workers
The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. Landscaped in 1590 and expanded over the centuries. Admire the special diversity of plants.
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Hart van Leiden is located on the Oude Singel 142. In two adjacent canal houses from 1750 you will find three special rooms.
Once a refuge for the counts of Holland, then a prison and execution place, book warehouse and now a university building.
You walk past it, but look inside. At Warenhuis de Rex you enter a special world full of unique, antique and modern items.
Be amazed by natural home accessories. From butterflies to glassware and from fossils to ceramics. Find something for yourself or a nice gift.
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Since 1988 the address for beers, whiskies and jenevers. Thanks to its unique range and rare collection bottles perfect for lovers.
An imposing neoclassical monument in the Haarlemmerstraat. A place of rest amidst all the hustle and bustle.
A boutique full of beautiful women's fashion. You'll find special brands that you won't soon see anywhere else in the city. Tough, feminine, sexy and affordable.
Let yourself be intrigued by five centuries of science. Discover microscopes, the oldest heliocentric planetarium and visit the anatomical theatre.
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From 1616 to 1969 this square was the stage of the livestock market. The ringing of the 'Sheep Bell 'between number 9 and 10 gave the go-ahead for the trade.
Taste Italian ice cream at Maxim as Italian ice cream should be. With a lot of passion, the flavors of pure ingredients are made.
Go on a musical journey of discovery in Plato. For more than four decades a household name among music lovers in Leiden and surroundings.
A tough, sober, stylish and atmospheric business where you will find special clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry and home accessories. Stijlvol and unique.
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Homemade ice cream, ice cream cakes, chocolate, chocolates and pastries. Here delicious products are manufactured and workshops can be followed.
For almost 900 years this church has been an important meeting place in Leiden, nowadays used for concerts and events.
Visitors like to convey the beauty of our universe here. You will also learn more about the rich history of Leiden Astronomy.
A cosy district with numerous restaurants and eateries. Many have a terrace on or along the water in summer on which it is wonderful to stay.
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Located in the beautiful old Pieterswijk you will find the Prentenkabinet, a classic restaurant where you can taste culinary delights.
A music specialty store run by mere enthusiasts. You will find records, CDs, DVDs and regularly swinging instore concerts.
One of the two remaining city gates of Leiden. The name derives from De Morsch, the swampy area on the outside of the city.
Here you are good for interior items and interior advice in an eclectic, Scandinavian style. For affordable design and hip home accessories.
Twenty-five swap taps, a brewery and restaurant in one location. Discover beautiful beers, tasty snacks and a cosy atmosphere.
With 42 million objects, Naturalis manages one of the largest natural history collections in the world. Until September 2 in the sign of poison!
Breakfast or lunch entirely responsible at Restaurant Logica, where the menu is 100% organic and offers many vegetarian options.
This is one of the oldest existing examples of a castle in the Netherlands. A fenced refuge for people from attackers.
Silvester's range consists of a wide collection of children's and youth books, song books, fairy tales and educational games.
For more than a hundred years, the interior here has remained the same. In the fine pub, beers, wines and snacks are carefully selected.
At Olive Oyl's Rusty Zipper you can shop in a warm and friendly environment. You will find beautiful second-hand vintage women's and children's clothing.
This is the place where Irma lovingly collects original and sustainable products that make the world a bit more beautiful. Fun for yourself or someone else.
Fiori combines solid craftsmanship with characteristic creativity. You'll find colorful bouquets, floral arrangements, plants, vases and more.
You will not find the assortment of the Vliegershop anywhere else. Besides kites you will find all kinds of toys, games and gifts.
Curious what a mill looks like inside and how it works? Then discover seven floors full of stories and history at the Molenmuseum de Valk.
For centuries, the wheat was traded on this bridge. The canopy kept everything dry and the corn was stored under the roof.
Of the eight city gates, two remain, including the Zijlpoort. The gate dates back to 1667 and is built in classicist style.
Dining in this historic property is a real experience. Taste the chef's tasteful creations in a seductive ambience. Pure enjoyment.
This museum brings antiquity and archaeology to life. Enjoy ancient civilizations from Egypt, Roman times, Middle Ages and much more.
The 1895 building exudes the atmosphere of the past, but with a modern twist. A special contrast. For breakfast and lunch, drinks and dinner.
Hidden behind a historic Dutch façade you will find the most beautiful of old and new Japan. Collected by the doctor Philipp Franz von Siebold.
Comic strip enthusiasts can stroll around at Dumpie. In the charming business you will find both new and second-hand comics, and solid advice.
At the Bishop they have a passion for international cuisine. Flamboyant and with confidence they present the most beautiful dishes in their beautiful premises.
At Jut en Juul you will find unique items for the youngest. From maternity gifts to care products and from soft toys to nursery accessories.
An espresso bar in the heart of the city where they will gladly let you taste coffee made from beans that they have roasted themselves.
The Marekerk is located in the middle of Leiden and is therefore not to be missed. You can recognize the church by its round dome and special shape. Usually open on Saturday.
The most relaxed restaurant in the harbour of Leiden. Escape the crowds and enjoy, eat and drink, dream and get new inspiration.
Coffee is always a good idea, especially at Chummy Coffee. From cappuccino to special special. Here the taste of coffee is central.
Leiden's benchmark for almost 900 years. From Catholic Church to meeting place. You will also find the Pieterskerkcafé, a hidden gem.
The passion they have here for France, worldwide cheeses and wines is clearly present. Discover this place full of delicious products.
Iguise yourself in nostalgic atmospheres thanks to the classic Dutch décor. Both in terms of taste and size, the pancakes are out of proportion here!
Since 1829, this cozy lunchroom and bakery can be found in Leiden. Visit the beautiful property and taste truffles, apple balls and much more.
A museum about people. Marvel at objects that tell a human story and learn about the world's enormous cultural diversity.
They specialize in old mechanical wristwatches and have an extensive collection, all authentic and ready to use.
Founded by Samuel the Sea who had left no offspring out of four marginals. He put his capital on this in the design of this court.
A shop with a varied assortment of goodies and fun with a Scandinavian touch. The motto is tough, simple and a little hip.
Both locations offer a fantastic backdrop for theatre, dance, music, lectures and cabaret. Experience the classic rooms and the acclaimed acoustics.
Delicious finger food dishes, sustainable fish, drinks bites and main courses for every taste. The Gate is perfect for any time of the day.
In the characteristic centuries-old Stadhuis you can taste the most delicious, pure Italian dishes. Every moment of the day.
Beautiful in simplicity, tough and without unnecessary frills. That's the style at concept store EDUARD. Discover unique bags, accessories and items for your home.
The Bohemian family has already sold cheese to many generations of Leiden. The assortment of cheese is extensive and complemented by various accessories.
A small boutique run by mother and daughter. The collection consists of beautiful vintage items and new clothes, sunglasses and accessories.
The store started 15 years ago with everything for the set table. The assortment grew with beautiful items for the kitchen, bath and bedroom.
An imposing, late Gothic cross basilica that has been decorating the heart of Leiden for centuries. A monument with a turbulent history.
Along a charming canal in the heart of Leiden you will find Lucies, a boutique full of jewellery, gifts and other gems. Mostly self-made.
Follow the smell of tea and you will end up at Moers. A specialty shop full of tea, handmade ceramics, exclusive table linen and goodies.
A shop full of “clothes with experience.” You will find second-hand brand clothing from private individuals and vintage items selected by Hartendief himself.
Those who enjoy life like to come to Oil & Vinegar. A tasteful shop full of culinary products from many parts of the world.
This top B&B is 500 metres from Leidse Schouwburg. Some rooms have nice views and include a sauna or a spa bath.
This social lunch restaurant makes everyone happy. The always-happy employees with a disability serve the best sandwichies.
Come and stay in the striking Waag, also known as the living room of Leiden, where you have lunch and dinner in a beautiful, historic atmosphere.
There are many stately buildings on this most beautiful canal in the city. Some members of the royal family lived here during their studies.
The fountain was built in 1693 and was placed by the city council to provide sellers on the fish market with clean water for hygiene purposes.
Discover Leiden at its best from a canal boat or boat. Complete your journey with sandwiches, high tea, snacks and more treats.
Relaxed coming home in the heart of lead you do in this villa. Formerly a kosterswoning, now a city villa that is good for an exceptional stay.
Plor down in a modern room with classic accents. Located in the heart of downtown, the hotel features boats for rent, a bar and more.
A cozy shop full of wool. The range is extensive. For help and inspiration, you can always go to the cozy inspiration table.
This beautiful 4-star hotel, including a spa and sauna, highlights personal attention, relaxation, comfort and style.
Views over canals, spacious rooms and a location in the Old Town. A boutique hotel where service and relaxation are central.
Overlooking the Molen de Valk and the Oude Singel, this charming hotel offers comfortable rooms equipped with a beautiful, well-kept décor.
Located within walking distance of shops and train station, Hotel de Doelen is situated on a beautiful canal and offers 18 nicely furnished rooms with all facilities.
A small hotel in the heart of Leiden. Igun yourself in the time of Dutch masters. But with the romantic luxury and comfort of the 21st century.
Located on the ground floor of a monument, B&B Het Rapenburg offers a classic-modern feel and luxurious facilities.
An inspiring, atmospheric place in Leiden where you will find everything for your home, garden and kitchen. Discover everyday items with special accents.
In the historic Pieterskwartier you will find this house dating back to 1750. Feel at home in a unique room and thanks to art from many regions.
At Fletcher you will experience 4-star luxury. On the 11th floor you will discover a wellness resort. Ideal for a city trip and a wellness weekend.
A boutique hotel located in the Kloksteeg, in the heart of the historic Pieterswijk. The hotel has 8 luxurious rooms and a stately tiered room.
This boutique hotel is both contemporary and historic thanks to the décor of the rooms and the former guard building in which the hotel is located.
Let us greet you warmly in this spacious apartment, equipped with all comforts. Quietly located yet close to the center and train station.
A lively budget hotel, open to everyone. The rooms are warm, comfortable and cosy. Against over the station and on the outskirts of the center.
This small parking garage located in the historic center is located above the Hoogvliet supermarket. Relatively inexpensive parking in the city center.
This train station is located on the north-west side of the city centre. Take the front exit and walk to the city centre in about 10 minutes.
For everything about Leiden and surroundings you are at the right place. The helpful staff will be happy to help you with useful information.
The large car park on the west side is a good starting point for a visit to Leiden. Convenient rates and free city shuttle to downtown.
Right in the center, next to the Albert Heijn, you can park cheap here. The entire city centre is easily accessible from this car park.
With luck you will find a place here on the north side of the city center on this not so large parking lot and you will be walking fast in the city center.
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