What to see in Leiden, Holland

Posted by on January 24, 2013

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The Netherlands, of course, is not just Amsterdam. There are many other cities, often small and not well known that deserve to enjoy for a few hours or a few days. One of these is called Leiden and is located midway between the capital and the largest port city of Rotterdam.

Leiden Sky

Leiden Sky

Leiden Canal

Leiden Canal

Leiden has a typical Dutch feel with canals that surround the village and divide it into many segments regularly. Once you have crossed the Grand Canal once served as a moat, you can walk on the docks and city streets to discover the Molen de Valk, a mill in 1785 which is located near the Central Station Leiden: it became a municipal museum in 1966 and houses a fascinating collection of objects used to grind and instruments and books since 1930. There’s also the Naturalis museum which displays dinosaurs, mammoths, dolphins and large crustaceans but also emeralds and crystals, rocks and fossils. Aside from that there’s the Museum De Lakenhal which is situated in the textile market dating back to 1640 and retains paintings, silverware, glass art, furniture, photography, sculpture and majolica tiles that create a picture of the style of life in the Netherlands through the centuries.

Leiden Canals

Leiden Canals

Leiden Park

Leiden Park

But do not forget to visit the Botanical Gardens, a peaceful oasis in the city center and an amazing garden where you can discover a large collection of species from Asia, Europe and southern South Africa. Let’s go back indoors with the Dutch national archaeological museum which houses a vast collection of artifacts that help us understand more about the history of the Netherlands, from prehistoric times to the late Middle Ages.

Leiden Museum

Leiden Museum

Leiden during winter

Leiden during winter

A curiosity to conclude the review: the Corpus. Within a transparent building 35 meters high and shaped like a human body is an original exhibition dedicated to the human body and its functioning. The museum uses the latest technology to understand in a simple way how the human body works. Sound effects, 5D and huge models create the illusion of traveling through a real body: useful for children, interesting for adults.

Leiden windmill

Leiden windmill

Leiden photos: A3No, mr. nightshade, traHh.

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