The authentic city of Leiden is conveniently reached by train yet so many travelers overlook this gem of a city. Even though the city is significantly smaller than cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, with its world class museums, canals, windmills and historical architecture, Leiden doesn’t fall short to any and is waiting for you to be discovered.

The easiest way (and place) to meet your guide is right outside Leiden Central Station from where you start this exciting walking tour showing you the best of Leiden. Let your guide take you on a journey through the historical city center and discover the city through the eyes of the locals. Be impressed by the beautiful, historical sights that give the city both its elegance and sophistication. 

Discover ‘secret’ courtyards, pass through small alleyways and be amazed by the static architecture that reminds us of the past. History buffs can indulge themselves as there is so much interesting history. Visit the area around Pieterskerk where the Pilgrim Fathers lived who left the city to settle in a land now called the United States. And since Leiden is Rembrandt’s birthplace, a stop at the Young Rembrandt Studio is not to be missed! Leiden is like an open-air museum; there’s just so much to experience. This elegant city is incredibly photogenic.

It only takes a safe, convenient and direct 35-minute train ride from Amsterdam (also 35 minutes from Rotterdam) to Leiden, yet hardly any tourist finds its way to this stately city. 

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