Walking around Leiden, the city's glorious history seems to come to life. Get to know the town by way of a walking tour. A wide choice of themes are available with an English instruction. Buy one of the Leiden city walks at the Leiden Tourist Information Centre.
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Art and culture
Leiden is a lively city that offers a wide variety of parties and festivals. But it also has plenty to choose from in music, dance and theatre entertainment.
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Discover Leiden from the water
Apart form Amsterdam, the city of Leiden has the largest number of city canals in the Netherlands. The city is also admidst an area of beautiful lakes and pools, with only a short distance from Leiden to the coast. Leiden looks very different travelling by boat.
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Food and drink
Leiden has hundreds of restaurants, cafés and bars. Every cuisine imaginable can be found here, and there is something available in every price range.
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To get to know Leiden well, you really need to stay longer than just a day. And that’s something you can easily do. Leiden and the surrounding area offers a wide choice of attractive and comfortable hotels in all price classes.
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On a rainy day, no better place to meditate melancholy among the oaks and Japanese lettuce leaf.
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With as many as four National National Museums and many other museums, Leiden is the capital city of museums. Paintings by Rembrandt, dinosaur bones, an Egypt temple and treasures from Japan. Leiden has something for everyone.
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The city itself is one large open-air museum. Leiden is the home of as many as 2800 monuments. From almshouses to windmills and churches to city gates. Located within such a short distance from one another, a walk along the canals to view the most conspicuous monuments hardly takes any effort and is well worth the time!
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Leiden is also a city for some wonderful shopping. All major retail chains are represented with an outlet in the city centre, of course. But what Leiden really makes a city for shopping with a difference are the many little boutiques and specialist shops, which are hidden in the narrow backstreets and alleyways.
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There is plenty to do in Leiden throughout the whole year. There are various annual events. For example, every year on 2 and 3 October the city shakes on its foundations. This is when Leiden commemorates the seige of the city during the Eighty Years War and its relief on 3 October 1574.
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Leiden is ideally located within a short travelling distance of major centres such as The Hague and Amsterdam. The city can also be reached easily by international visitors, with Schiphol just 20 minutes away and Rotterdam’s smaller airport at 25 minutes distance.
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