No other city in the Netherlands has so many magnificent museums within walking distance from each other.
Leiden is a city with a rich cultural heritage. World famous Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn was born here and attended the Latin school. Others greats like Lucas van Leyden, Jan van Goyen, Jan Steen, Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris also worked in Leiden.
Everything that characterise Leiden's Golden Age heritage survives to this day: the picturesque historic city centre still holds its landmarks from that time in the form of beautiful city mensions by age old canals. The Hooglandse Kerk and Pieterskerk were built even before that time and surrounded by narrow medieval streets, hidden countyards and gables portraying the occupations of the original inhabitants. Here is where you will find many shops, galleries, antiques and book stores, fashion boutiques, restaurants and cafes. From higher up, De burcht provides a spectacular view over the old town.
Leiden's motto, City of Discoveries, does not just relate to the architecture. Leiden is the nation's third museum city and boasts four national museums offering extraordinary collections that reflect many of those discoveries. But there is also the historic city windmill, the residence of the Pilgrim Fathers, iconic paintings and the textile industry that are featured. COPRUS offers a journey through the inner workings of the human body that is unique in het world.
Culture is always a welcome addition to congresses and events. Many of Leiden's monuments and mueums are great congress vanues in their own right, as well as being very suitable for social programmes. The city is also a fine place for guided tours on foot or by boat.
Leiden has over 3,000 historical monuments and a significant number of them are accessible to the public. The churches, drawbridges and magnificent edifices with picturesque façades make Leiden a shining example of genuine Dutch cities. You could actually consider the entire city centre to be one huge monument.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt performed at the Leidse Schouwburg theatre in one of her most famous roles: La Dame aux Camélias.Stichting Open Monumentendagen Leiden, 2013
Leiden also presents a wide selection of music, dance and theatre. The Leidse Schouwburg is the oldest theatre in the Netherlands and unique in its atmosphere. It offers a varied programme of theatre, dance, musical, cabaret and theatrical concerts.
The Stadsgehoorzaal, one of the most beautiful concert halls in the Netherlands, is widely acclaimed for its magnificent acoustics. You can find a wide variety of shows and concerts here.