Leiden is a very charming university town, halfway between Amsterdam and The Hague.
The town is home to the oldest and most famous Dutch university, founded in 1575. It has excellent railway links with Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, The Hague and other major Dutch towns. It’s a very lively place, with good nightlife and many nice restaurants.


Main attractions are the Museum of Antiquities with an excellent collection of artifacts from Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Hortus Botanicus one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, planted in 1578 and the Pieterskerk with the tomb of John Robinson, leader of the Pilgrim Fathers. Most of the sights are very close to each other, on or near the Rapenburg, a major canal in the centre.

The chief of Leiden’s numerous churches are the Hooglandsche Kerk (or the church of St Pancras, built in the 15th century and containing a monument to Pieter Adriaanszoon van der Werff) and the Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315) with monuments to Scaliger, Boerhaave and other famous scholars. From a historical perspective the Marekerk is interesting too. Arent van ‘s Gravesande designed the church in 1639.

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