This is a great simple, local restaurant in a lovely setting - the food is really tasty and the staff are lovely and friendly....with a great atmosphere.. highly recommended!
Kloksteeg 7, near the Pieterskerk.
This 12th century Citadel is constructed on an artificial hill very close to where Old and New Rhine meet in the middle of the oldest part of the city.
Having lived close to Leiden for many years, I never knew it was there until I found it one day. Since then, every time I visit Leiden, I go up to "de Burcht" to enjoy the views and the tranquility that surrounds it.
Going south on the Breestraat, go left after city-hall, cross the New Rhine and walk straight into the Burgsteeg, at the end of it go left and there it is.
Holland's most famous son - Rembrandt - celebrates his 400th birthday this year, and the Stedelijk Museum is one of the best places to encounter him.
It's currently exhibiting enough miniature Rembrandt etchings to make your eyes hurt (the genre aptly exhibits the artist’s trademark contrasts of light and dark, and you’re even issued at the ticket office with a tiny magnifying glass) and next on the agenda is a collection of his lesser-known landscapes.
Oude Singel 28-32
Tel: +31 (0)71 5165360
Ten minutes walk from Leiden Centraalstation, a delightful old-fashioned hotel with charm, for €79/night. My wood-panelled deluxe room with a four poster bed was tastefully decorated as an artist's studio, but unfortunately the noise of revellers emerging from the night club in the alley below drove me to a quieter room facing the canal. Despite this, I've booked for my next stay and look forward to it.
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