My first stop in the Netherlands after the Keukenhof Flower Gardens was to go see Leiden, a quiet little old town with one of Europe’s oldest universities. As a first stop in the Netherlands, this was my first introduction to canal life, and the center of the town is as charming as it can get.

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

Walking around town is tranquil and picturesque, with chilled locals and hidden gems around every corner.

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

The city of Leiden : Netherlands 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

The town isn’t all just canals, lots of lovely streets, cathedrals and forts…

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

 

As for Leiden University, I didn’t get to see very much as the campus was closed. But, there were charming gardens to visit and a few old buildings to see…

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

There are also a few attractions, like the Burcht…

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

With nice views of the town from above…

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

A street market was taking place when I was there, with lots of yummy cheese and other deli delicacies…

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

And… though definitely not a much, you can go inside some of the town windmills and learn a bit about what life in a windmill used to be like.

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

With more views of the town.

 

The city of Leiden : Netherlands

 

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I spent half a day there before moving on to the Hague for my stay that night. More to follow.



Tags: canals; catherdral; Leiden; Leiden University; market; Netherlands; old town; university; weekend market; windmill; windmills;


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