Leiden A Great City in The Netherlands

Today I went to Leiden, I can not get enough of this great city in The Netherlands. I think Leiden is one of the most beautiful cities and so a must visit when you are in The Netherlands. It has a great old, historical rich innercity!

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

Leiden   A Great City

It has great historical centre of the city. With so many old buildings and also the typical canals through the centre. I like this city more than I like Amsterdam. Everything is in walking distance and it’s not that busy yet. Although everywhere I walked I heard English, German, French and other languages 🙂

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

Leiden, A great City!!

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

On the left you see the old Scheepvaart (shipping) school

There is a great walk through Leiden, I already took it twice so today I didn’t but I wanted to share with you the possibility to do so. It is a great walk in the centre and it will take you to every building and street you need to see as a tourist. You can follow the signs in the streets. You don’t have to buy a tour with guide if you don’t want to spend money. Because I did walk in the centre I saw many of the buildings you would see walking the “Leidsche Loper” Most explanations are in Dutch and English!

Leiden A Great City

The Gijselaarsbank, a monument to remember the mayor Gijselaar that fought for his people WWI, on the bottom it says that after a heavy debate they decided to place the monument back in 1985. It is situated on the famous Rapenburg (many royals lived on this street during their study) and Noordeinde.

Leiden A Great City

Today, saturday, is always market time in Leiden, as in many places and countries 🙂 Loved seeing this place, it is near the old “botermarkt” which means buttermarket. On this old bridge the market is also situated. It just gives me a great feeling to see these kinds of building/structure being used like this.

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City!!

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

With ofcourse some good cheese stalls!!

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

The old cityhall.

Leiden A Great City

This street is being renovated so it is not that busy here. But it is also a famous shoppingstreet called the Breestraat. I didn’t mind, I got some great pictures in this street 🙂 Feels like your all the way back into early 1900, great!!

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

 The shoppingstreet Haarlemmerstraat is also great to wander around. The Haarlemmerstraat is 1 km long, all the shops you need are there!!

Leiden A Great City

Leiden A Great City

Above is the almshouse, founded in 1487. It is a door in the shoppinstreet that leads to several houses. Intended for 13 poor, respected men. Could be married or single. On death of a married man, the widow had to leave.

Leiden A Great City

Church in the Haarlemmerstraat, newly painted.

Leiden

A Great City!!

Leiden A Great City

After walking and biking around for some time I took a lunch and went back to Oegstgeest, just a couple of km’s near Leiden where my aunt lives!!

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