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When walking through Leyden its rich history still seems very much alive. The University's Academic Building, the Waag and the Burcht, the stately mansions lining the famous Rapenburg, the beautiful churches Pieterskerk and Hooglandse Kerk and the 35 almshouses each tell a part of Leyden's history. This is where Rembrandt was born and developed his painting skills, this is where doctor Boerhaave taught and where Clusius brought the first Dutch tulips into flower.

Leyden has 12 museums, all well worth a visit. The priceless and unique collections on show there enjoy international fame. The National Antiquity Museum, with its Egyptian, Greek and Roman collections, the National Museum for Cultural Anthropology with its treasures from different cultures, the Boerhaave Museum, unveiling the history of medical science, the De Lakenhal Municipal Museum, exhibiting works by Rembrandt, Lucas van Leyden and Jan Steen and of course Naturalis, the National Presentation of Natural History, are only a selection of all the treasures the Leyden museums have on display.

Leyden's atmosphere is largely determined by its university. In 1575 Leyden was the first city in the North of Holland to be given a university in reward for the courageous behaviour displayed by its citizens during the Spanish occupation. The university has developed into a world-famous centre of science, while its many students contribute to the lively and convivial atmosphere in the city.

The old city centre of Leyden boasts a wide variety of shops. Moreover, every Wednesday and Saturday there is a general market along the water. This market has been in existence for 9 centuries! Leyden's culinary aspect is reflected in the wide variety of restaurants and bars on offer. The Leyden Jazz Week in January, the ten-day summer festival the Leyden Lakenfeesten in July and the celebration of the Relief of Leyden on 2, 3 and 4 October are but a few examples of the many events that take place throughout the year.

Leiden and its surrounding area offer a wide choice of hotels in all price categories. Ranging from congenial family hotels and guesthouses tot luxurious 4 star accommodations, situated near the main roads or on beautiful canals, Leiden has it all.

Situated between Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht, Leyden is easily accessible by any means of transportation. The coast, an extensive lake district and the always colourful bulb fields in spring are just around the corner, so to speak.

All reasons to include Leyden in your programme. The Tourist Information Office and this brochure will show you the way....

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