Key to Discovery
Situated at what has traditionally been an important junction where waterways and roads meet, stands a city that will enchant you: Leiden. The city is famous for its university, museums and glorious history. The spirit of the Golden Age lives on here, the place where Rembrandt was born, and which inspired so many other influential painters. The canals, the historic buildings, the alleyways, the treasuries of knowledge, culture and science: Leiden is definitely worth seeing. There are many things to discover, to see and to experience in this city. With so much history, so many museums and theatres, a vibrant inner city, monuments, shops, restaurants, cafés and a university, no one can become bored. You can find out more via the Leiden Stad van Ontdekkingen interactive Leiden City Guide.
The 13 MuseumsThe 13 Museums
Leiden is the capital region of museums, with a total of 13. No other city in the Netherlands has so many extraordinary museums within walking distance from each other, offering a large array of nature, art and culture. Exhibitions, workshops and events bring these special collections to life. During weekends and holidays, children are treated to exciting and fun activities.
De BurchtDe Burcht
Leiden Castle is one of the oldest surviving examples of a castle in the Netherlands. The Castle stands on a motte, an artificial hill, and was part of a so-called motte castle. Archaeologists discovered that the hill must have been built in the late ninth century. On top of the hill was a round wall and a tower, now gone. The Burcht lost its military function as early as the fourteenth century. This beautiful place is a must see when visiting Leiden. When you have walked the many steps, a beautiful view of the city awaits you.
Young Rembrandt in LeidenMore about Young Rembrandt
Rembrandt was born at Weddesteeg in Leiden on 15 July 1606 and studied classics at the Latin school before becoming a painter. He set up as an independent painter in Leiden and created master pieces in his workshop. In 1632, he left his birthplace to try his fortune in Amsterdam. His house in Leiden is no longer there, but there is a sculpture of him at Weddesteeg Rembrandtplein entitled 'The young Rembrandt'.
Visit the Haarlemmerstraat or the Breestraat when you go shopping, but don't forget the boutiques and specialist shops, which are hidden in the alleyways.