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I have been studying in Leiden for the past two years and have fallen in love with the city! Leiden is one of many student cities in the Netherlands but arguably the oldest, historic and most fun student cities of them all! Here are all of my recommendation for a nice time in this beautiful city xx
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how to find your way

Leiden is a small town and therefore most places are within walking distance! The old city center is enclosed by its signature canals with conserved historic buildings lining the water.  University buildings are spread through the city center, which is always busy with students!

To navigate the city like a true Dutchie I would recommend renting bikes. To best experience the city I would definitely recommend going on a boat tour to experience the city from the water!

When walking around perhaps you'll spot the poems on the walls of buildings spread throughout the city.

Leiden is also known for its preserved historic gates. These can be found along the borders of the outer city canals and are often accompanied by nice cafes and restaurants.

places to visit

National Museum of Antiquities
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The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology and a large part of the collection consists of objects related to ancient Egypt. Unique is the two thousand year old Egyptian temple in the central hall of the museum. Besides ancient Egypt, the museum covers the Middle East, the Classical world and the early history of the Netherlands. The entire collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, including statues of Roman emperors, Etruscan tomb finds and mummies.
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Molen De Valk
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Visitors to the Valk Windmill learn about the history, life, skills and techniques of the 18th-century Dutch miller.
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Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
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Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is the Netherlands’ treasure chamber of science and medicine. What were the major discoveries in the history of science in the Netherlands? Who were the researchers behind them and how great is the impact of their discoveries on our lives today?
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Pieterskerk, Leiden
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The Pieterskerk has been the central touchstone of Leiden for almost 900 years.
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coffee, drinks, food and more!

Leiden is filled with lovely cafes, bars and restaurants, especially along the canals. Here are some of my favorites!

Grand café de Burcht
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Located next to a historic cite in the city center, this cafe is perfect for drinks, coffee or a bite to eat!
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Annie's
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The perfect spot along the water to watch the boats pass by!
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ROOS -Taste & Smile
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My favorite place along the canal to go for brunch with my friends, the wentelteefjes are amazing!!
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Lot en de Walvis
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A nice spot in the habour with great food and great cocktails! Located close to one of the historic city gates.
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Pipa Streetfood Bar
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Located at the historic city gate "Morspoort" where you can get great food and drinks!
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Paco Ciao
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This new mysterious restaurant is an amazing place for drinks, lunch and diner! But first you have to find the entrance...
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parks along the canals

Leiden has many small but great parks along the canals, perfect for winding down after the day or taking a break from your day through the city.

Huigpark
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Plantsoen
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Hortus Botanicus Leiden
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This beautiful garden is filled with exotic flowers and plants! You will catch many students here for a stroll and to sit down in the grass for a break.
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day trips from Leiden

The Netherlands is a small country. Luckily for tourists this means that most of the bigger cities are close together and well connected by public transport. The central station of Leiden connects Leiden to cities like Den Haag /The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and more! It is also possible to take many busses from the station, perhaps to go towards the coast for a beach day,

Leiden Centraal
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where to stay

ibis Leiden Centre
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Ibis is located at Leiden Central Station and across Leiden's hospital LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center). The beaches of Katwijk are only 11 km away by car. Schiphol Airport is just 20 minutes away by train from ibis Leiden Centre. Bar Rendez-Vous offers an extensive breakfast every morning. During the day guests of ibis Leiden Centre can enjoy a coffee, a drink or a snack here. Leiden’s city centre offers a wide range of restaurants and bars.
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Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden
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Situated in the centre of Leiden and only a 1-minute walk from central station, Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden offers spacious rooms with city or dune views. On site, guests can access the BLUE Wellnessresort Leiden wellness facilities at an extra cost. Noordwijk beach is 10 km away.
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De Doelen
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Situated in the centre of Leiden and only a 1-minute walk from central station, Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden offers spacious rooms with city or dune views. On site, guests can access the BLUE Wellnessresort Leiden wellness facilities at an extra cost. Noordwijk beach is 10 km away.
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what to wear?

The Netherlands is notorious for its rainy weather. However in summer the days can get quite hot. So best to check the weather before your visit!

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🇳🇱 Leiden favorites
I have been studying in Leiden for the past two years and have fallen in love with the city! Leiden is one of many student cities in the Netherlands but arguably the oldest, historic and most fun student cities of them all! Here are all of my recommendation for a nice time in this beautiful city xx
17 Places • ago
Free

how to find your way

Leiden is a small town and therefore most places are within walking distance! The old city center is enclosed by its signature canals with conserved historic buildings lining the water.  University buildings are spread through the city center, which is always busy with students!

To navigate the city like a true Dutchie I would recommend renting bikes. To best experience the city I would definitely recommend going on a boat tour to experience the city from the water!

When walking around perhaps you'll spot the poems on the walls of buildings spread throughout the city.

Leiden is also known for its preserved historic gates. These can be found along the borders of the outer city canals and are often accompanied by nice cafes and restaurants.

places to visit

National Museum of Antiquities
@lottedehaan
The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology and a large part of the collection consists of objects related to ancient Egypt. Unique is the two thousand year old Egyptian temple in the central hall of the museum. Besides ancient Egypt, the museum covers the Middle East, the Classical world and the early history of the Netherlands. The entire collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, including statues of Roman emperors, Etruscan tomb finds and mummies.
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Molen De Valk
@lottedehaan
Visitors to the Valk Windmill learn about the history, life, skills and techniques of the 18th-century Dutch miller.
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Details
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
@lottedehaan
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is the Netherlands’ treasure chamber of science and medicine. What were the major discoveries in the history of science in the Netherlands? Who were the researchers behind them and how great is the impact of their discoveries on our lives today?
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Details
Pieterskerk, Leiden
@lottedehaan
The Pieterskerk has been the central touchstone of Leiden for almost 900 years.
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Details

coffee, drinks, food and more!

Leiden is filled with lovely cafes, bars and restaurants, especially along the canals. Here are some of my favorites!

Grand café de Burcht
@lottedehaan
Located next to a historic cite in the city center, this cafe is perfect for drinks, coffee or a bite to eat!
Add to
Details
Annie's
@lottedehaan
The perfect spot along the water to watch the boats pass by!
Add to
Details
ROOS -Taste & Smile
@lottedehaan
My favorite place along the canal to go for brunch with my friends, the wentelteefjes are amazing!!
Add to
Details
Lot en de Walvis
@lottedehaan
A nice spot in the habour with great food and great cocktails! Located close to one of the historic city gates.
Add to
Details
Pipa Streetfood Bar
@lottedehaan
Located at the historic city gate "Morspoort" where you can get great food and drinks!
Add to
Details
Paco Ciao
@lottedehaan
This new mysterious restaurant is an amazing place for drinks, lunch and diner! But first you have to find the entrance...
Add to
Details

parks along the canals

Leiden has many small but great parks along the canals, perfect for winding down after the day or taking a break from your day through the city.

Huigpark
@lottedehaan
Add to
Details
Plantsoen
@lottedehaan
Add to
Details
Hortus Botanicus Leiden
@lottedehaan
This beautiful garden is filled with exotic flowers and plants! You will catch many students here for a stroll and to sit down in the grass for a break.
Add to
Details

day trips from Leiden

The Netherlands is a small country. Luckily for tourists this means that most of the bigger cities are close together and well connected by public transport. The central station of Leiden connects Leiden to cities like Den Haag /The Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and more! It is also possible to take many busses from the station, perhaps to go towards the coast for a beach day,

Leiden Centraal
@lottedehaan
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where to stay

ibis Leiden Centre
@lottedehaan
Ibis is located at Leiden Central Station and across Leiden's hospital LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center). The beaches of Katwijk are only 11 km away by car. Schiphol Airport is just 20 minutes away by train from ibis Leiden Centre. Bar Rendez-Vous offers an extensive breakfast every morning. During the day guests of ibis Leiden Centre can enjoy a coffee, a drink or a snack here. Leiden’s city centre offers a wide range of restaurants and bars.
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Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden
@lottedehaan
Situated in the centre of Leiden and only a 1-minute walk from central station, Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden offers spacious rooms with city or dune views. On site, guests can access the BLUE Wellnessresort Leiden wellness facilities at an extra cost. Noordwijk beach is 10 km away.
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De Doelen
@lottedehaan
Situated in the centre of Leiden and only a 1-minute walk from central station, Fletcher Wellness-Hotel Leiden offers spacious rooms with city or dune views. On site, guests can access the BLUE Wellnessresort Leiden wellness facilities at an extra cost. Noordwijk beach is 10 km away.
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what to wear?

The Netherlands is notorious for its rainy weather. However in summer the days can get quite hot. So best to check the weather before your visit!

* * *
CURATED BY
Student who loves to travel 📍Leiden, The Netherlands Hello, I am Lotte from The Netherlands! I have traveled throughout most of western Europe and recently got my third continent on the list. I've also lived in Sweden and from there visited most of Scandinavia. All-in-all, I have visited 18 countries and I am excited to share my experiences with you!
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