Explore Leiden

Leiden’s inner city is full of waterways and bridges and sometimes referred to as “little Amsterdam”, a unique place to explore either by boat, by bike or on foot. Leiden is famous for museums, multiple almshouses, its views and being the birthplace of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

Shopping in Leiden

Leiden’s two main shopping streets are only a stone’s throw away from the hotel.
The Haarlemmerstraat is about 1 kilometre long and houses many of the large chain shops. The Breestraat is well known for its many and varied shops, cafés and restaurants.
More than hundred small stores are situated in The Pieterskwartier. In the centre of this shopping area you will find the late-Gothic church Pieterskerk. Every Wednesday and Saturday there is a market at the Nieuwe Rijn.

Culture in Leiden

Leiden has a monumental inner city with more than 2800 monuments. Apart from those Leiden hosts many museums. The masterpieces by Rembrandt and Lievens, a tour through the human body (Corpus) and a museum full of nature (Naturalis) are only a few examples of the varied and special museums on offer. Together with the Leiden Theatre (oldest theatre in the Netherlands) and the Town Auditorium, Leiden offers a varied programme of theatre, dance, cabaret and concerts.

Other museums that’s is worth a visit while in Leiden are:
Museum De Valk – Explore what a windmill looks like on the inside and what activities took place there dating all the way back to 1667.
The National Museum of Antiquities – The Dutch national center of archaeology.
National Museum of Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde)– The national museum of Ethnology that changes exhibitions but also permanently displays featured objects from eight cultural regions.
Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)
This is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands founded in 1590.

Boat trip in Leiden

Experience Leiden from the canals.
Take a boat trip through the city and explore the rich history. Soak up the atmosphere while looking at monuments, museums and almshouse which are all situated along the water. From March to October boat trips run daily but are available upon request the rest of the year.


    City Hotel Nieuw Minerva
    Boommarkt 23
    2311 EA Leiden


    00 31 (0)71-5126358


Leiden is ideally located to explore nearby cities and beaches, only a short drive or train ride away from Leiden.

AMSTERDAM - 30 min by public transportation

Amsterdam is only located 30 min by train from Leiden. Cruise on the canals and soak up the amazing energy of the city. Rent a bike and explore museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum and the Anne Frank House. Or simply just stroll through the canal district and the “nine streets” while boutique shopping and enjoying charming cafes.

By car: 45 min

By train: 30 min

ROTTERDAM - 30 min by public transportation

With its striking architectural landmark, strong design influence and hip bars and restaurants Rotterdam is worth a visit. Must-see places in Rotterdam are: Kunsthal, Markthal, Witte de Withstraat, Euromast and the Erasmus bridge.

By car: 45 min

By public transportation: 30 min

UTRECHT - 50 min by public transportation

Utrecht is quintessentially Dutch, if you want a genuine impression of the Netherlands you should visit Utrecht. The city has one of the largest outdoor terraces spaces in Europe, that thanks to its canal wharfs. It’s easy to navigate the city by foot, so just stroll through and enjoy the beautiful views of the Dom tower and canals.

By car: 45 min

By public transportation: 50 min

THE HAGUE - 15 min by public transportation

The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands and with only 50% of its population being Dutch it is very international. It is known as the City of Peace as The Hague hosts the International Criminal Court of Justice. The Hague is also the home to the Dutch parliament.

By car: 30 min

By public transportation: 15 min

KEUKENHOF - 25 min by public transportation

Is one of the world’s biggest flower gardens and a must visit in spring time in the Netherlands. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the park and covers 32 hectares. Keukenhof is in Lisse only a 25 minutes’ drive from Leiden. The bus runs from Leiden central several times an hour during the season.


Scheveningen and Noordwijk are two beautiful beaches near Leiden. The beach of Scheveningen is part of The Hague and went through a complete redesign. Along the 4-km long boulevard there are plenty of shops, many beach bars and restaurant with heated terraces. On the harbor side your find trendy beach clubs, water sports and surf schools. With the renovated Pier, a cinema and a casino as well, Scheveningen is a year-round destination. Noordwijk is another great beach located slightly closer to Leiden.

From Leiden to Scheveningen

By car: 25 min

By public transportation: 40 Min

From Leiden to Noordwijk

By car: 20 min

By public transportation: 30 min

Bike Routes

Biking the dunes

Discover Leiden along the water

Katwijk, Rijnsburg and Leiden



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