The international reputation of Leiden as a leading city of knowledge was established over centuries. As the City of Discoveries, Leiden has produced many Nobel Prize winners and to this day, new discoveries are being made within its borders: at Leiden University, at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) and at the Bio Science Park. It has become Holland’s largest biomedical science cluster and one of the most prominent in the world. In addition to excellent knowledge, Leiden has much to offer as an attractive city as well: from an eminent cultural heritage and an impressive history in art and science to a lively historic city centre with points of interest within walking distance.
Leiden was home to iconic master painters like Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Steen. Rembrandt was born within its walls and spent his childhood and student years in the city. Walking through Leiden’s well-preserved historic centre, with its many canals, a myriad of small streets, alleys and courtyards as well as over 3,000 monumental buildings is like strolling through one of his beautiful paintings.
City of museums
Leiden is truly a city of museums. Featuring Naturalis, the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities, National Museum of Ethnology, Museum De Lakenhal, Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, the Pilgrim Museum, Boerhaave Museum and CORPUS ‘journey through the human body’, it boasts the highest museum density of any city in The Netherlands. Because of these many museums as well as its performance arts, literature, film and heritage, Leiden is the country’s fourth city of culture.
Check the website of the Leiden Tourist Information Centre to plan your visit to Leiden (https://www.visitleiden.nl/en).