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Review of Wall Poems of Leiden

Wall Poems of Leiden
Ranked #8 of 61 things to do in Leiden
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Brussels, Belgium
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Interesting...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

We took a lovely walk through this beautiful city and enjoyed looking out for (and attempting to read or at least identify the language of!) the poems on the walls.

Visited June 2013
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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107 reviews
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“Nice way of decorating, not worth a special visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

These are great decoration and fun to look at / read, though not worth coming especially to Leiden for (though there are plenty of things to come for in this beautiful city)

Visited July 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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“An entertaining highlight of any walking tour of Leiden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

These poems - long and short; some in prominent places, some on more modest walls; some by internationally famous authors, some less well-known - are a true treasure. There are about 150, I think, in 40-some languages. If you look closely, each is marked by a small, black, dangling spider ... the artist's mark.

Visited July 2013
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Den Haag
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“Interesting for all as not just in Dutch.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

There are 101 poems painted on walls of buildings in and around the centre of Leiden. The first of these was painted in 1992, and they were finished in 1995. During 2012 I read that there were plans to add to the series, but whether this is going to happen or not I do not know.

The tourist office in Leiden has a leaflet about the poems available for a couple of Euros. Whilst it may not take you around the more far out ones, it shows you where most of the poems are located. This takes the form of a 'town trail'and you will soon realise that there are signpost around the town to lead you round too.

It is interesting to do because it takes you to all corners of Leiden, some of which you would not otherwise find. The poems themselves are interesting too. Although they are written in many languages, they are accessible to a lot of people, since there are small plaques under each one translating them from their original language into English and Dutch.

Great for a couple of hours to discover the town and stop off at one of the bars or cafes en route for a drink or a bite!

Visited May 2013
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Interesting touch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

There are apparently 120 of these in different languages. Nice trying to spot them. On the sides of buildings all over the city.

Visited April 2013
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