The 27 most beautiful sights and museums to visit in Leiden
Courtsies, the university, glorious history and numerous museums. Leiden is known for everything! And that's not crazy. In the beautiful city there is plenty to see and experience during a day of city. The 28 kilometres of canals, hundreds of monuments and historical sights give the city a unique and atmospheric character. In museums you can also see masterpieces by Rembrandt, treasures from Japan and special objects from science. Discover your favourite places and experience them during a day at Leiden.
The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. Landscaped in 1590 and expanded over the centuries. Admire the special diversity of plants.
An imposing, late Gothic cross basilica that has been decorating the heart of Leiden for centuries. A monument with a turbulent history.
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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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Once a refuge for the counts of Holland, then a prison and execution place, book warehouse and now a university building.
For centuries, the wheat was traded on this bridge. The canopy kept everything dry and the corn was stored under the roof.
This museum brings antiquity and archaeology to life. Enjoy ancient civilizations from Egypt, Roman times, Middle Ages and much more.
Let yourself be intrigued by five centuries of science. Discover microscopes, the oldest heliocentric planetarium and visit the anatomical theatre.
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With 42 million objects, Naturalis manages one of the largest natural history collections in the world. Until September 2 in the sign of poison!
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.
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 Wevershuis shows 'the other side of Leiden'. Not the Leading of the wealthy elite with their imposing properties, but the Leading of the workers
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Both locations offer a fantastic backdrop for theatre, dance, music, lectures and cabaret. Experience the classic rooms and the acclaimed acoustics.
This landscaped city park is located on the former strongholds of the city. Its location on the water makes it a wonderful place.
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.
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.
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For almost 900 years this church has been an important meeting place in Leiden, nowadays used for concerts and events.
One of the two remaining city gates of Leiden. The name derives from De Morsch, the swampy area on the outside of the city.
Of the eight city gates, two remain, including the Zijlpoort. The gate dates back to 1667 and is built in classicist style.
An imposing neoclassical monument in the Haarlemmerstraat. A place of rest amidst all the hustle and bustle.
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Visitors like to convey the beauty of our universe here. You will also learn more about the rich history of Leiden Astronomy.
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.
A museum about people. Marvel at objects that tell a human story and learn about the world's enormous cultural diversity.
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.
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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.
This is one of the oldest existing examples of a castle in the Netherlands. A fenced refuge for people from attackers.
Leiden's benchmark for almost 900 years. From Catholic Church to meeting place. You will also find the Pieterskerkcafé, a hidden gem.
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.
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