Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Leiden (historically known as Leyden, map) is easily one of the most enchanting cities in the Netherlands. It’s home to the oldest university (Leiden University) in the country, the birthplace of Rembrandt and breeding ground for ground-breaking science and Nobel laureates since centuries.

It’s a charmingly compact fortified city, packed with well-preserved historic heritage but with a young and lively atmosphere due to its large student population.

The large majority of sights are within the old city fortifications. It’s a compact area, easy to navigate on foot. Leiden at a distance of some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from The Hague to its south and some 40 km (25 mi) from Amsterdam to its north.

Also сheck оut мore info: Experience the highlightsMuseumsCity walks

For faster exploring or to visit places further out, renting a bicycle is an excellent idea. Like all Dutch cities, Leiden is very bike-friendly and you’ll find it’s an extremely widely used means of transport where-ever you go.

Cycle routes in the Leiden area (in English) > Keukenhof Cycle RouteLeiden Lakes Cycle Route.

Burcht van Leiden (Fort of Leiden, map). An old shell keep dated back to 11th century. This elevated borough is freely accessible and right in the heart of Leiden. After climbing the stairways you can walk around and enjoy the magnificent views of Leiden from above.

The area between the Oude Rijn and Nieuwe Rijn (map) is one of the most undisturbed bits of Leiden – go here if you like walking along canals without getting run over by shoppers. On the other side of the city centre (Weddesteeg, Galgewater) is the place where the canals recombine – this is one of the most beautiful spots in Leiden, with a windmill, the old city gate, a small park, and a wooden bridge over the river.

Haarlemmerstraat (map) and Breestraat (map) are the main shopping streets at the heart of the city center. They are both reachable within 10-15 min. walking from the central station.


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Leiden is easily reached by train. The journey takes 10–15 minutes from The Hague, and 15 minutes from Schiphol Airport, the principal airport in the Netherlands. The journey from Amsterdam takes between 30 and 40 minutes.

OV Reisplanner – All public transport companies. All public transport in the Netherlands (buses, trams, metros and trains) use contactless smart cards called ⇒ OV-chipkaart

Also сheck оut мore info: Public transport in the Netherlands (holland.com)

BUS: FlixbusConnexxionArrivaQbuzz

TRAIN: Information about trains can be found at the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways) + NS — International App, which includes a trip planner which uses the latest information about train delays and detours.

AIRPORT: Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Amsterdam. It’s a point of interest in itself, being 4 metres below mean sea level.

FERRY: Amsterdam Central Station (map). Waterbus Rotterdam & Dordrecht >> waterbus.nl. + AFerry.co.uk.

CYCLING: routiq.com – Route planner. The best online routeplanner for cyclists can be found at a wikiplanner made by volunteers of the Dutch cyclist union “Fietsersbond”.

Spending a day in Leiden, Netherlands from Amsterdam.

If you’re looking for a charming and historic town to explore in the Netherlands, look no further than Leiden! This video takes you on a quick tour of the highlights of this delightful city, from its beautiful canals to its world-famous museums. See why Leiden is one of the most popular destinations in the country!

The city of Leiden in the Netherlands is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history dating back to Roman times. It was founded as a Roman city, and its strategic location near the mouth of the Rhine River made it an important commercial center and port. Today, Leiden is a beautiful city with a lively university town atmosphere, and it’s well worth spending a day exploring its many sights.

video source: ViaTravelers / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


If you are coming to the Netherlands you should always check if you need a visa and, if so, what type of visa. Applying for a visa.


A popular journey planner for public transport in the Netherlands. It provides real-time information on train, tram, bus, and metro schedules.


While primarily targeting expats living in the Netherlands, also provides articles and resources about Dutch culture, customs, traditions.

IamExpat: While primarily targeting expats living in the Netherlands, IamExpat also provides articles and resources about Dutch culture, customs, and traditions. It covers topics such as festivals, holidays, etiquette, and social norms.

DutchReview is an online magazine that covers a wide range of topics related to the Netherlands. It offers articles on Dutch culture, society, history, food, and lifestyle, providing an entertaining and informative perspective.

The Meertens Institute is a research center for Dutch culture and language. Their website features resources on Dutch folklore, dialects, names, and customs.