The 27 most beautiful sights and museums to visit in Leiden

Courts, the university, glorious history and numerous museums. Leiden is known for everything! And that's not crazy. There is plenty to see and experience in the beautiful city during a day trip. The 28 kilometres of canals, hundreds of monuments and historical sights give the city a unique and atmospheric character. Museums also show masterpieces by Rembrandt, treasures from Japan and special objects from science. Discover your favorite spots and experience them during a day in Leiden.

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De Burcht

This is one of the oldest still existing examples of a castle in the Netherlands. A fenced refuge for people against attackers.

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One of the two remaining city gates of Leiden. The name derives from De Morsch, the swampy area on the outside of the city.

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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 Saturday.

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Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

This museum brings ancient times and archaeology to life. Enjoy ancient civilizations from Egypt, Roman times, Middle Ages and much more.

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For centuries, the corn was traded on this bridge. The canopy kept everything dry and the corn was stored under the roof.

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Samuel de Zee's hof

Founded by Samuel the Sea, who had no offspring from four marrieals. He then put his capital into the structure of this courthouse.

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Naturalis Biodiversity Center

With 42 million objects, Naturalis manages one of the largest natural history collections in the world. Until September 2 in the sign of poison!

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For almost 900 years this church has been an important meeting place in Leiden, nowadays used for concerts and events.

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Many stately buildings can be found on this most beautiful canal in the city. Some members of the royal family lived here during their studies.

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De Leidse Sterrewacht

Visitors here are happy to convey the beauty of our universe. You will also learn more about the rich history of Leiden Astronomy.

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Museum Volkenkunde

A museum about people. Admire objects that tell a human story and learn more about the world's enormous cultural diversity.

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Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Let yourself be intrigued by five centuries of science. Discover microscopes, the oldest heliocentric planetarium and visit the anatomical theatre.

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Molenmuseum de Valk

Curious how a mill looks on the inside and how it works? Discover seven floors of stories and history at Molenmuseum de Valk.

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Het plantsoen

This English landscape-style city park is located on the former strongholds of the city. Its location on the water makes it a wonderful place.

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Museum Het Leids Wevershuis

The Wavershuis shows 'the other side of Leiden'. Not Leading the wealthy elite with their imposing properties, but Leading the workers

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Hortus Botanicus Leiden

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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Hooglandse kerk

An imposing, late Gothic cross basilica that has been adorning the heart of Leiden for centuries. A monument with a turbulent history.

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Leidse Schouwburg - Stadsgehoorzaal

Both locations offer a fantastic backdrop for theatre, dance, music, lectures and cabaret. Experience the classic halls and the acclaimed acoustics.

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Two of the eight city gates are left, including the Zijlpoort. The gate dates back to 1667 and is built in classical style.

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An imposing, neoclassical monument in the Haarlemmerstraat. A place of rest in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.

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The benchmark of Leiden for almost 900 years. From Catholic Church to meeting place. You will also find the Pieterskerkcafé, a hidden gem.

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Sint Annahofje

Find peace and quiet in one of the most beautiful and oldest courtyards of Leiden. This is also the only Leiden courtyard that 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.

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From 1616 to 1969 this square was the scene of the cattle market. The ringing of the 'Sheep Bell 'between number 9 and 10 gave the starting signal for trade.

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Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

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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The fountain dates from 1693 and was placed by the city authorities to supply sellers on the fish market with pure water for hygiene purposes.

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Nieuwe Rijn

A cozy district with numerous restaurants and eateries. In the summer, many have a terrace on or along the water where it is wonderful to stay.

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