European Social Science History Conference 2025

Welcome to Leiden! We are very proud to be the host city of the European Social Science History Conference 2025 you are attending. Leiden is a city where knowledge and culture are engrained in its DNA. Situated at a historically important junction, where waterways and roads cross, lies a city that will enchant you: the city of Leiden, famous for its university, museums, waterways, and alms-houses. The spirit of the Golden Age lives on in this medieval city where Rembrandt was born, and which has inspired countless amounts of other influential painters. Ever since, Leiden continued to attract those that were on a quest for knowledge and freedom of expression, from the Pilgrims to Albert Einstein, the historic canals, the beautiful buildings, and alleyways have surrounded those who have made important discoveries for centuries. We hope you enjoy your time here in Leiden.

About the venues

Free online City Guide & Map

The Leiden City Guide is packed with great tips for restaurants, activities, museum and much more! 

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The useful Leiden City Map highlights the most important points of interest in Leiden!

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Why not extend your stay?

With all the museums, intimate shopping streets, city tours or a trip through the canals, you'll soon find yourself wanting to stay longer in this lovely city. Make your discovery complete and book an overnight stay in a cosy hotel or bed and breakfast. After all, there's no nicer way to round off a pleasurable day than by spoiling yourself with a relaxing overnight stay! 

Hotels & Accommodation

Discover the best shops

From vintage boutiques to well-known fashion stores, Leiden is home to the most surprising shops. Treat yourself to a new outfit or shop the best Leiden gifts in the historic city centre.

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