The city of Leiden, also known as the City of Discoveries, has a lot to offer. Go on an adventure though the city with many Golden Age influences that have been maintained to this day. The picturesque city centre, with its old canals, city gates, bridges, windmills, castle, observatory, Hortus botanical gardens and two large Late Gothic churches, give Leiden its own special charm.
Leiden’s glory days started in 1575, when Leiden University was founded. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands and one of the leading universities in Europe. It is the home of many old masters, including the famous master painter Rembrandt van Rijn who was born in Leiden and went to Leiden University at the age of fourteen.
Something that stands out immediately while visiting Leiden is the water. Leiden is, after Amsterdam, the largest city in terms of the amount of water flowing inside its gates. Taking a boat trip through the canals of Leiden will give you an extraordinary experience while enjoying the city.