Leiden is also called ‘City of discoveries’ . This historic city will enchant you with all its charm, class, cosiness and hidden treasures.
No other city in Netherlands has so many fantastic museums within walking distance of each other. They offer a surprising range of nature, art and culture.
Music, theater, dance, cabaret. The Leiden theaters offer a varied program.
The Leidse Schouwburg is the oldest theater in the Netherlands. You enter another world: the world of red plush, golden ornaments and chandeliers. A night out is a special experience at the Leidse Schouwburg.
The Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden is praised for its beautiful acoustics and there are many concerts every year.
Near Leiden, in the Theater hangar at Airport Valkburg between Wassenaar, Katwijk and Leiden you can see the musical Soldaat van Oranje.
You will find a varied selection of theme parks and attractions within a short distance from Leiden.
Museums & Culture
There are no less than 12 museums in Leiden. All collections and exhibitions are well worth a visit. Dinosaur skeletons, masterpieces by Rembrandt and Lievens, Wajang dolls from Indonesia, medical history, an Egyptian temple, treasures from Japan, everything about Leiden Relief or a journey of discovery through the human body: all to be discovered in the museums of Leiden. No other city has so many fantastic museums within walking distance of each other.
History & Churches
Experience the history in Leiden and get acquainted with the opened monuments. The heart of Leiden is formed by the Burcht. The Burcht is one of the oldest surviving examples of a so-called moth castle in the Netherlands and is freely accessible. Here you have a wonderful overview of Leiden.
Leiden has many historic churches that are more than worth seeing. The Hooglandse Kerk is one of the most impressive churches. When you enter, your eye is led higher and higher by the lines of the Gothic, the enormous windows give an exuberant overwhelming light in the large space and it feels as if you have stepped into a painting from the Middle Ages. If the organ should be played as if Sweelinck were playing again, time would stand still for a while. The Hooglandse church is open to visitors from May to October.