The city of Leiden is located South of Holland in the Dutch province and it is one of the most vibrant and greatest cities of Netherlands. The streets are lined with beautiful and elegantly styled 17th century buildings as the ground bellow is lined with canals. The great Rembrandt was born in this great city and Leiden is also home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the Netherlands of which Albert Einstein himself was a consistent professor. The university has old architecture built in 1575 which are some of the oldest buildings in Leiden. From the picturesque canals to the stock of museums and great historic buildings, Leiden is a city to explore.
The Hortus Botanicus Leiden is a lush garden and one of the very oldest botanical gardens in all of Europe. Created in 1590, it was the first place the Dutch tulip was introduced to Europe and is still the oldest descendants of Dutch tulips. It is a great place to relax as you surround yourself with a great collection of floral colors and a captivating greenhouse.
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden is a classic museum in Leiden with a top notch collection of Egyptian, Roman and Greek artifacts. It houses the Temple of Taffeh which was gifted to the Netherlands by former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde is another great museum you should visit while in Leiden. The museum is rich with over 200,000 artifacts from all over the world including Africa, China and South America.
While in Leiden, take a guided or private tour of the city or go to see the Tulip field along flower road. You can enjoy live music out in the cafes on lively evenings like weekend nights. Café dew and De Twee Spieghels are great choices to enjoy live music.