Get introduced to Leiden

Wander its maze of streets, where you can find extraordinary shops. Visit one of the 35 courtyards which Leiden has and enjoy the unexpected serenity and tranquillity right in the city centre. Don’t forget to visit Rapenburg, one of the most beautiful canals in Europe. You can also find the monumental Academy building of the university at this canal.

Leiden has three mills which are certainly worth visiting and a number of beautiful churches such as the Pieterskerk and the Hooglandse Kerk. The Burcht, hidden in the city centre, and the authentic Waag are historical buildings you should also not forget to visit.

In addition, Leiden takes great pride in its monumental theatre, the oldest one in the Netherlands. Leiden has a vibrant cultural life with a variety in theatres, a renovated Stadsgehoorzaal and cinemas. Ask for more information on shows at the tourist information agency VVV or check the UIT agenda, a calendar for going out.