Barge and bridge over a canal in Leiden

Hotels in Leiden, The Netherlands

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The South Holland city of Leiden is conveniently located to the south of Amsterdam and north of The Hague.  It is situated on the banks of the Old Rhine River and this river is one of the city's most prominent attractions.  As well as being a popular tourist destination, Leiden is also an influential university city and students from all over the country strive to attend school at one of their prestigious facilities.  It was also home to Rembrandt van Rijn, William II (the count of Holland and later King of Germany) and numerous other notable artists, mathematicians and physicists.  Taking a walk around this city really is like walking in the footsteps of some of history's greats and this is what brings so many visitors to these parts.

Things to do in Leiden

If you are also looking for local activities to keep you entertained for hours without spending too much money, why not enjoy a walk along the Rhine?  The river in itself is a tranquil sight and there are various shops, restaurants and things to see and do along the way.  If you like, you can even take a boat ride on the river.  This is especially great when making your way back to your hotel accommodation in Leiden if you want to save your legs the walk while still enjoying the view.

When foreigners think of the Netherlands, windmills and farmlands are usually one of the first things you imagine.  A trip to the Valk Windmill should cure your curiosity as you learn all about the 18th century Dutch miller, life at the time and various skills and tricks of the trade.

Make sure that you keep your eyes open as you walk through the city and look out for the famous Wall Poems.  They are poems and sonnets written on the exterior of various buildings.  It's an unusual attraction and truly unique.

Monuments, landmarks and museums are plentiful in Leiden.  Whether you are interested in art, history or the local culture, there is something for everyone and these museums are ideal for a rainy day or to escape the heat in summer.  De Burcht Leiden Castle is just one of the many interesting landmarks in the city and it has an almost haunted appearance from the exterior.  No matter which sights you plan to see, be sure that you will have plenty of photo opportunities everywhere you go!