Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands. That is not too surprising, considering how much of the rich city history is still visible everywhere in the charming city centre. Plus, when you add the large number of museums, the many monuments and the thriving cultural climate you will certainly agree that the city is well-deserving of this reputation. More on http://portal.leiden.nl/ or on www.leiden-toerisme.nl
Leiden has 12 fantastic museums all in walking distance of one another. Dinosaur skeletons, masterpieces by Rembrandt and Lievens: you will find all of this and more in Leiden’s museums.
There are 35 groups of almshouses in the city centre of Leiden. One for one, these almshouses complexes are idyllic places, where the noise of the town is shut out and where it is as if the time has stood still. Almshouses were run by charitable foundations, intended to accommodate the elderly poor. The Dutch word for almshouse or group of almshouses is “hof”, which literally means court of courtyard, and the are so called because they were built as a collection of small houses around a communal inner yard or garden. More on www.leiden-toerisme.nl
Experience the city culture of Leiden from the 16th century to the present day. The Lakenhal, once the centre of the Leiden cloth industry, houses masterpieces by Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt, Jan Steen and many other celebrated masters. In the museum’s stylish exhibition rooms you can enjoy collections of tin, tiles, glass and silver. The temporary exhibitions reflect traditional and present-day art, and display contemporary and historic artefacts.
More than four centuries of collecting, cultivating and studying have produced Leiden University’s wonderful teaching garden with its plants from all corners of the world. The prize exhibit of the Hortus is the famous Victoria amazonica, the giant water lily. Strolling through the garden you’ll come across giant trees like the Ginkgo biloba planted here in 1785. Make sure you don’t miss the Clusius garden, a reconstruction of the first garden created in 1594, and the tranquil Japanese garden.
Recommended harbour: Leidse Passantenhaven. The “Leidse passantenhaven” is located on the edge of the centre of Leiden and is only accessible from the east through “de Zijl”, the “Rijn-Schiekanaal” and the “Oude Rijn”. This harbour has facility’s like running water, showers, toilets and electricity.
You can also visit the ‘Keukenhof‘ from ‘Leiden’. The ‘Keukenhof Express bus 854? from Leiden Central Station departs from the bus station on the town centre side of the NS-station.