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Top 10 Things To Do in the Leiden Region

Whether you're looking for activities to do on a day or weekend trip, or you live in the region and want to explore all that Leiden and its surrounding areas have to offer, this top 10 list is sure to provide some inspiration! From feeding goats at Zoeterwoude's Boerderij 't Geertje to visiting Voorschoten's beautiful Duivenvoorde Castle, there's something for everyone in the Leiden region. 

Top 10 Things To Do in the Leiden Region

Leiden is the capital region of museums

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. 

Leiden alone has 13 fantastic museums. Visitors can see Dinosaur skeletons, masterpieces by Rembrandt and Lievens, Wajang puppets from Indonesia, an Egyptian temple, treasures from Japan and everything about the relief of Leyden. But there are much more museums to visit in the region!

The museums of the Leiden region

Sample dishes from all over the world

Leiden has hundreds of restaurants, cafés and bars. Every cuisine imaginable can be found here, and there is something available in every price range. If you want a tasty lunch or a relaxing drink at the end of the afternoon, Leiden has plenty to offer. You’ll find that many of Leiden’s restaurants and cafés are located in beautiful historic monuments, each with its own rich history. This is what gives the city its special ambience. 

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Shopping in the Leiden region - In the mood for some shopping? The Leiden region has plenty of opportunities for shopping ranging from local markets, vintage and second-hand stores to shopping centres.

An abundance of water

The Region has many waterways and lakes and is bordered by the North Sea. For example, from Leiderdorp you can sail among the verdant meadows of the Groene Hart region. 

Leiden is a wonderful city to explore from the water, with 28 kilometres of canals and 88 bridges throughout the city. There is a huge range of cruises to choose from, and you can also hire your own boat.

If you are interested in doing water sports, the Leiden region has plenty to offer. You can go SUP-boarding, surfing, canoeing, rowing, kitesurfing and much more.

Find a cruise on VisitLeiden's website, or check out the water activities on!

Leiden windmill and bridge


Leiden is home to 9 beautiful operating windmills and 3 of those you can drop in regularly for a visit to see how they work, while the rest are open throughout the year on special occasions.

There are National Mill Days that will land in the first two weekends of May that will open some of the windmills. In addition to this, the third Sunday in September is Leiden Mill Day, when each of the nine windmills within Leiden’s city limits is open to visitors.

The Molens in Leiden website has more information.

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Outdoor Activities in the Leiden region

There are lots of outdoor activities to discover in the Leiden region! Engange in one of the many water activities, go to a playground with your kids, or visit one of the many farms in the region. Discover all of that and more!

Outdoor activities in the Leiden region
A child in a petting zoo with lamas

City Guide

There is so much to see and experience in the Leiden region. With its rich history, museums, theatres, bustling city centre, shops, and restaurants, it's impossible to be bored in the city of Leiden. But don't forget the region! Leiden is surrounded by idyllic villages such as Voorschoten and Leiderdorp, each with its own rich fascinating history. 

You can discover them in the Leiden City Guide, which is full of tips and inspiration! 

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