Possessing an old world charm that’s reminiscent of Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Leiden is all colourful facades, 17th-century architecture and cosy pub retreats. One of the best ways to navigate the city is through its sprawling canal network (which spans the length and breadth of the area) before catching a waterside sunset from one of Leiden’s picturesque, floral-lined bridges. Our best tip? Spend an afternoon finding the 100 murals that adorn the Leiden poetry walk, a series of carefully hand-painted works which feature the words of Dylan Thomas, William Shakespeare and William Butler Yeats.

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Places To Visit

Koornburg Bridge

National monument that’s also known as the ‘grain bridge’ – where the foodstuff was traded. Head here on Saturdays for the weekly market nearby.

Leiden Old Town Hall

Though rebuilt after a fire in 1929, this building is a superb example of Dutch renaissance design.


Picturesque, canal-side streets full of restaurants, shops and bars.

Pieterskerk church

The oldest church in Leiden, founded in 1121.

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Koornburg Bridge

Leiden Old Town hall

Rembrandtstraat 4, 2311 VW Leiden, Netherlands