Water Tourism

After Amsterdam, Leiden is the city with the most canals; the city’s historic centre has more than 28 kilometres of canals and waterways. Leiden’s canals flow past the museums, the almshouses and the city’s many historic buildings, all with their imposing façades. You will also find many delightful cafés and restaurants lining Leiden’s canals, some with terraces directly on the water. Leiden is also a good starting point for many daytrips in the area. The Kaag and Braassemmermeer are very close by and you can also travel by boat to towns like Katwijk, Delft and even Rotterdam.

Discover Leiden from the water


With its many canals Leiden is really a water city. A trip on a boat or a cruise through the historic centre is a wonderful experience. And this year, Leiden packed full of fun activities on and around the water. Below you will find the programme of events for 2018. 


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