Leiden Things to Do

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  • 1. Historical Leiden

    This rather magnificently imposing building is the former Lutheran orphanage, built in 1583. As you can guess from the size of the building it was designed to house hundreds of children who came from...

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  • 2. Churches

    The Hartebrugkerk church dates from 1836, a time when the Dutch laws guaranteed Religious freedom for all and this new Roman Catholic church could be constructed. The Church's official name is "Onze...

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  • 3. Windmill

    Windmill De Put was build by Jan Janzoon Put in1618 at the Galgewater. Across the water stood a similar windmill owned by Rembrandt's parents. The Put has been painted by Rembrandt and can be seen in...

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  • 4. Museums

    At Corpus you will go through the human body. Inside of the human body to be exact. With a group of about 15 people you will start your journey. You will get a headphone and device. This device will...

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  • 5. Academic Leiden

    Kweekschool voor Zeevaar is the name of this building and there's a dedication to Prince Hendrik right above the portal. This, to me, is symbolic of the town inasmuch as schooling is one of its main...

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  • 6. Natural Leiden

    One of the joys of wandering without a plan is that you never know what is going to be round the next corner. That's how I discovered this wonderfully photogenic family of Coots nesting in the middle...

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  • 7. Markets

    This bridge, across the New Rhine, adjacent to the Stadhuis, was built in 1642 and was the site of the corn market (hence the name). It was substantially redeveloped in 1825 by the city architect...

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  • 8. Wandering #13 - Public Art In Front Of The Church

    Another unexpected pleasure was this public art exhibition on the Hoogslandse Kerkegracht, in front of the Pieterskerke. The summer display is entitled "Images...

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  • 9. Wandering #8 - "Poems and Walls"

    This is something that has only piqued my interest since I got back home. I'd noticed this Shakespeare sonnet on a building whilst meandering. The building also...

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  • 10. Wandering - #7 Bridges

    With 88 bridges crossing the 28+ kilometres of canals I couldn't help but notice the variety of designs. Here's a couple that specially caught my eye:Pic #1 -...

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  • 11. Wandering - #6 Architecture

    Leiden is definitely a three-dimensional city and so it's necessary to keep looking up as you wander. As with Amsterdam the 17th century Leiden was a thriving...

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  • 12. Wandering - #5 Tempted By A Boat Tour

    Sitting under the umbrellas of the canalside cafe on the Beestenmarkt I was watching one of the canal tour boats being readied for the day. This mostly involved...

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  • 13. Wandering - #2 The Medieval Canals

    With over 28 kilometres of channels, along with 88 bridges, Leiden's canal network is second only, in The Netherlands, to that of Amsterdam. The canals had a...

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  • 14. Wandering - #1 Molen de Valk

    With its compactness, and the fact that much of the city centre retains its 16th and 17th centuries layout and features, Leiden is perfect for wandering. There...

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  • 15. OCTOBER 3

    A good opportunity to visit Leiden is at October 3.At this date in the year 1574 the city of Leiden was liberated from the surrounding troops that were around...

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  • 16. The Leiden Canals

    The Leiden canals were part of the defence works of the city. The last canals were dug in 1611 and formed the city limits till 1896.Tradesmen that entered the...

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  • 17. Go on a poem hunt......

    I spotted my first poem on the side of a building very near the wonderful archaeological museum. It was a chunk of Shakespeare and I thought...'Why on earth is...

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  • 18. Tourist Information and a sofa.

    Leiden's Visitor Centre is on Stationsweg, right next to Leiden Centraal railway station. You can easily spot it by the 'sofa' sculpture standing outside....

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  • 19. Take the kids for a windmill visit and poffertjes!

    Let me relive childhood memories! In Leiden, you can go to Pannenkoekhuis Schaapsbel for poffertjes (tiny pancakes eaten traditionally with butter and icing...

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  • 20. Hortus Botanicus

    Though not the greatest botanical garden in the world, the Hortus Botanicus is a nice brief getaway in the middle of the city. There are various different types...

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  • 21. De Burcht

    'De Burcht' at the centre of Leiden deserves its own entry. It is one of the best preserved - although restored - fortified ring-shaped 'castles' or 'motte' in...

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  • 22. Boerderij 't Geertje (farm)

    This is a real farm with much goats, cows, sheep, pigs, etc.The farmers make and sell goat chease and other farm articles in the small shop.The best of this...

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  • 23. The Meeting

    I had planned for a couple of meetings in Europe but, in the end, only one eventuated.Margaret VN and Roos, her partner, met me initially in the cafe of a...

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  • 24. In the swim

    What are we talking about here? We're talking swimming pools, something I certainly had no thoughts about while I was spending time in Leiden.Apparently there...

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  • 25. Leiden wall poem trail

    When you walk around Leiden, you may come across some 'wall poems' written in various languages (including Greek, Russian, Swedish and so on), on sidewalls and...

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