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Leiden
Home to the Netherlands’ oldest university and the birthplace of Rembrandt, Leiden also served as a several-year stop-off between England and the New World for America’s Pilgrim fathers in the early 17th century. Today, lovely Leiden boasts the second-largest Dutch city center after Amsterdam. The National Museum of Antiquities has an impressive collection of Egyptian artifacts. The Hortus Botanicus, established in 1590, was the site of the planting of Holland’s first tulip bulbs in 1593.

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Molenmuseum de Valk
Molenmuseum de Valk
Visitors to the Valk Windmill learn about the history, life, skills and techniques of the 18th-century Dutch miller.
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Museum Volkenkunde
Museum Volkenkunde
Owner description: Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building just five minutes' walk from Leiden's central station. A huge totem pole greets visitors as they enter... more Owner description: Museum Volkenkunde is a museum about people housed in a historic building just five minutes' walk from Leiden's central station. A huge totem pole greets visitors as they enter the museum through the garden. Museum Volkenkunde presents regularly changing exhibitions and its permanent display features objects from eight different cultural regions. Objects that all have a story to tell about humankind. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
Owner description: The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building and ‘Begijnhof’. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology. A large part of the collection consists of... more Owner description: The National Museum of Antiquities is housed in an old monumental building and ‘Begijnhof’. It is the Dutch centre for archaeology. A large part of the collection consists of objects related to ancient Egypt. Unique is the two thousand year old Egyptian temple in the central hall of the museum. Besides ancient Egypt, the museum covers the Middle East, the Classical world and the early history of the Netherlands. The entire collection consists of more than 80,000 objects, including statues of Roman emperors, Etruscan tomb finds and mummies. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Art Museums; History Museums
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National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)
National Museum of Natural History (Naturalis)
Attraction type: Natural History Museums
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Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)
Botanical Gardens (Hortus Botanicus)
Attraction type: Gardens
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Restaurant In den Doofpot
Restaurant In den Doofpot
Ranked #1 of 292 Restaurants in Leiden
Price: $29 - $59
Cuisines: French, Dutch, International, European, Seafood
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Just Meet
Just Meet
Ranked #2 of 292 Restaurants in Leiden
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Dutch, European
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Oudt Leyden
Oudt Leyden
Ranked #3 of 292 Restaurants in Leiden
Cuisines: Dutch, European
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant Rhodos
Restaurant Rhodos
Ranked #4 of 292 Restaurants in Leiden
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Greek
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Restaurant The Bishop
Restaurant The Bishop
Ranked #5 of 292 Restaurants in Leiden
Price: $21 - $38
Cuisines: French, Dutch, Seafood, European, Central European, International
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Hilton Garden Inn Leiden
4.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Leiden
$82 - $169
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Oegstgeest
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Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
4.0 of 5
Van der Valk Hotel Leiden
$102 - $184 (€87 - €157)
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
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Ibis Leiden Centre
3.0 of 5
Ibis Leiden Centre
$92 - $142
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Boutique Hotel Huys van Leyden
4.0 of 5
Boutique Hotel Huys van Leyden
$130 - $189
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
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Golden Tulip Leiden Centre
4.0 of 5
Golden Tulip Leiden Centre
$107 - $166 (€91 - €141)
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
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Holiday Inn Leiden
4.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Leiden
$95 - $187 (€81 - €159)
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Leiden
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