EuroScience Open Forum

Welcome to Leiden, European City of Science 2022. The EuroScience Open Forum conference you are attending is part of this very special year, in which Leiden will be in the spotlight of science in Europe. Leiden is the first city to organise a 365-day festival around this prestigious title, aiming to share knowledge, science and discoveries among everyone with a curious mind. We hope you enjoy your time here in Leiden.

About the Pieterskerk

For over 900 years the Pieterskerk has been the central monument of Leiden. The two keys that symbolize the city of Leiden have their origin with St. Peter, after whom the Pieterskerk Leiden is named. The Pieterskerk Leiden no longer has an ecclesiastical function: for over 50 years now, the Pieterskerk Leiden is a national monument with a broad social function. The close ties with Leiden University are an integral part of the social function of the Pieterskerk Leiden. In 1575 the founding act of the university was signed in the Pieterskerk Leiden and to this day all major activities of Leiden University take place in the Pieterskerk Leiden. Historically, it is also the place where many famous scientists and artists are commemorated with their memorial monuments. Nowadays, a number of major concerts and cultural activities take place in the Pieterskerk every year.

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!