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 or by foot. Leiden is famous for museums, multiple almshouses, its views and being the birthplace of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. Leiden and its surroundings offer plenty of options for sightseeing and relaxation.
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.