Thanks to Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim-Leiden’s central location, the citycentre of Leiden is only 15 minutes away! The city of Leiden is a treasure trove of places of interest. There are several interesting musea's about the history of Leiden.
Leiden is a city with more than 122.000 inhabitants. With 13 museums and more than 3000 monuments, this city is full of culture and history. One of Leiden's mean features is immediately noticeable: the water. Leiden has the most water flowing within its gates after Amsterdam. Leiden's historic inner city has a total of 28 kilometres of canals. Leiden's cruise companies have a broad range of round trips and cruises on offer, or you can rent your own little boat.
During wintertime Leiden is beautifully illuminated with fairy-like trees, small lights alongside the bridges, garlands in the streets and a large Christmas tree in the mid-centre. Read more about the Christmas activities in Leiden.
A floating Christmas-fair next to an equally floating, striking ice ring with music, hot chocolate and Dutch green pea soup make up for a lively hustle and bustle.
No other city in the Netherlands has so many famous museums within walking distance from each other. Master pieces from Rembrandt and Lievens, dinosaur skeletons, krises from Indonesia, an anatomical theatre, an Egyptian temple, treasures from Japan, the botanical garden where the first tulips in the Netherlands grew and a journey of discovery through the human body: Leiden's museums offer a surprising range of nature, art and culture.
Stedelijk Molenmuseum de Valk (The Falcon City Mill Museum)
The Falcon City Mill Museum is an authentic tower mill dating from 1743. The Falcon has seven floors that are open to the public. The mill museum in Leiden is the only remaining wind mill on Leiden's city walls. Read more about guided tours and additional information about Mill museum de Valk.
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is the National Museum for the History of Natural Sciences and Medicine. The collections are among the top ones in the world, reflecting over four hundred years of Dutch science history.
Museum of Ethnology (Volkenkunde)
From as early as 1837, the National Museum of Ethnology has been housing world-famous collections regarding wide-ranging non-Western cultures. The museum manages more than 240,000 objects and 500,000 audiovisual sources from all over the world. In addition to the permanent exhibition halls with the icons from Ethnology, there is always a temporary exhibition.
National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)
The National Museum of Antiquities displays many treasures from rich ancient cultures and the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, including world-class collections of mummies and sarcophagi. The museum offers a full overview of the Netherlands' earliest history and organises extraordinary temporary collections and special children's activities.
Leiden is also an ideal city for shopping, with hundreds of shops and food and drink establishments in the city centre. The city offers a large selection of special shops and food and drink facilities with a lot of terraces in an atmospheric setting and is therefore extremely suitable for a day out ‘shopping for fun’.
Leiden has a compact and straightforward inner city and is easy to explore by yourself. A city walking tour allows visitors to immerse themselves into Leiden's story. The gables, streets, alleyways and almshouse courtyards; each tell their own story. There are a number of original walks for discovering the city. They can be obtained from Leiden's Tourist Information Office all year round.
You can reach the city Leiden in 5 minutes by train from Sassenheim station.