Leiden has much to offer. On this page, you will get an extensive overview of all there is to do in your spare time before, during or after your conference. A great feature of the city centre is that everything is within walking distance — strolling along beside the many canals, past the historic churches and courtyards, you will feel as if you are walking through a living museum. Enjoy!
Rembrandt in Leiden
Culture, alongside science, has always been at the heart of Leiden’s DNA. Many famous Dutch painters, including Rembrandt, grew up in Leiden and learned to explore their talent here. Experience his story in the Young Rembrandt Studio!
The 13 museums of Leiden
With 13 museums within walking distance of each other, full of diverse exhibitions and fascinating exhibitions, there is a lot to discover in the world of art and culture. And did you know that two of Leiden's museums have been awarded the title of 'European Museum of the Year'?
Discover Leiden during a city walk
Walking through Leiden is like walking through a living museum. With more than 3,000 officially recognised monuments, 35 almshouse courtyards, 28 kilometers of canals and 88 bridges connecting the streets, the lay-out of the city has not changed much over the past centuries.
Leiden from the water
The historic city centre is home to no fewer than 28 kilometres of canals. The canals that run through Leiden give the city its unique character. Boating on these waters provides you with a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Hop on a canal cruise or rent your own boat to experience the luxury feeling of sailing through Leiden for yourself.Leiden From the Water
Region of Surprises
From beaches and world-famous tulip fields to picturesque villages and a historic city centre, there is plenty to see in the region around Leiden. The best way to explore is by bicycle, which you can easily rent from several locations in the city. There are many different routes to discover. Hop on and you'll find scenic cycling paths, delightful farm shops and outdoor cafes in idyllic locations. A warm welcome awaits you in the Region of Surprises!Region of Surprises
Leiden is ideally situated. It's just a stone's throw from major cities like The Hague and Amsterdam, and nearby you can also find the North Sea coast, the Keukenhof Gardens and the Green Heart of Holland. Schiphol Airport is less than twenty minutes away, and Rotterdam - The Hague Airport just twenty-five minutes. If you are arriving by public transport, the city centre is only a few steps from Leiden Central train station. You can take a bus or taxi to the coast, and many other places in the region. And for those who prefer to come by car, it is easy to park in one of the large underground garages in the city centre.
Staying a Little Longer
With all the museums, intimate shopping streets, city tours and canal views, you will soon find yourself wanting to spend more time in this lovely city. Leiden offers a great variety of hotels, many of them at short walking distance from the most visited spots in the city. From wellness hotels to small-scale boutique hotels, there is an option suitable for everyone. Many conference delegates choose to extend their stay by arriving in Leiden a few days before the conference or staying a little longer after the conference is finished.Overnight Stay