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Welcome to houseboat Pride of Leyden, your home away from home.

Pride of Leyden welcomes visitors from abroad, to experience a unique aspect of life in the Netherlands


Leiden is a market town, whose market has been in existence for more than 900 years. Its university, which welcomed such world famous scholars as Spinoza, Einstein and Niels Bohr, recently had its 430th anniversary. Countless museums bear witness to Leiden's important role in Holland's history. And let's not forget Rembrandt van Rijn, named after the river Rhine which flows through Leiden and in which the Pride of Leyden is moored. At the same time, Leiden is very much a modern town. It is great for shopping and eating out. As it's quite compact, all features can easily be reached on foot. You can stroll through the historic cobblestoned centre, visit one of the museums or take a drink on one of the floating terraces.


Among the things to do or visit are:

  • Museums
  • Hofjes (almshouses built around a courtyard, now mainly inhabited by students; havens of silence in bustling surroundings)
  • Walks: The Leiden Loop, In the footsteps of the young Rembrandt, Along Leiden's almshouses, the Pilgrim Fathers, the Citadel
  • Excursions: A day in Leiden, Puzzle Trips, boat trips to the lakes and canals, in the vicinity or as far as Amsterdam
  • Lakenfeesten, end of June, a 4-day outdoor festival, comprising the Culinary Festival, Dragonboat Race, Best Market Salesman Tournament, and the Gouden Pet (Golden Cap) festival for best street musician or group of musicians
  • Walk around and read some of the 100 wall-poems
  • Visit the remains of the Vrouwenkerk, where the Pilgrims worshipped, the Pilgrim Museum and the Pilgrim Archives
  • Rent a water bike, rowboat or canoe

Leiden's museums, for which it is justly famous, are:

  • Museum of Ethnology
  • National Museum of Antiquities
  • Municipal Museum De Lakenhal (Leiden history and painters)
  • Windmill De Valk
  • Naturalis (natural history)
  • Anatomic Museum
  • Boerhaave Museum (medicine and natural sciences)
  • Botanical Garden
  • Leiden American Pilgrim Museum (Pilgrim Fathers)
  • Pilgrim Archives
  • Sieboldhouse (private collection of objects from Japan from 19th-century doctor Philipp von Siebold)
  • Cartwrights Museum
  • Leidse Wevershuis (history of weavers of the treasured ‘laken’ cloth)
  • Pieterskerk, burial place of John Robinson, leader of the Pilgrim Fathers

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Museum of Ethnology (Museum Volkenkunde)

The museum has an extensive collection of items from around the world that reflect cultural heritage. There are permanent exhibitions on the regions of Africa, Central and Southwest Asia, South and Southeast Asia, China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea, Middle and South America, North America, Oceania and the Arctic Region. On Saturdays and Sundays activities for children and adults are offered. 
For more information visit the English-language website.

Museums

National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden)

The National Museum of Antiquities is most famous for its Egyptian mummies, but it has a lot more to offer. Its collection comprises items from four different regions: the Netherlands, Egypt, the Near East and the world of classical antiquity. Among them are imposing statues of Roman emperors, prehistoric golden jewellery, Etruscan bronze masterpieces and, of course, Egyptian mummies and mummy cases.
For more information visit the English-language website.

Museums

Municipal Museum De Lakenhal (closed for refurbishment until Spring 2019)

In olden days Leiden was a wealthy town, due to the woollen cloth called 'laken' (pron: lah-kn) that was produced here. The building which houses Leiden's municipal museum, was formerly the place where the cloth was inspected. The various stages of the wool production process are illustrated in a monumental series of 16th-century paintings by Isaac van Swanenburgh. And to make it more tangible, items such as a loom, sample books, scissors et cetera are on display.
De Lakenhal depicts events from Leiden's history, such as the siege by the Spaniards and its relief on 3 October 1574, an event which is celebrated yearly with a three-day long festival.
For more information visit the English-language website

Museums

Mill Museum The Falcon (Molen de Valk)

Windmill de Valk is the last remaining mill of nineteen that stood on the town walls. It is a fully functioning grain-grinding mill. You can visit the various areas, such as the grinding loft, the stone loft and the hoisting loft. Wheat ground by the mill is for sale in the mill's shop.
De Valk was owned by the Van Rhijn family. Although Rembrandt’s parents were also millers, there is no evidence to suggest that they were related.
For more information visit the English-language website

Museums

National Museum of Natural History Naturalis

Permanent exhibitions include the Nature Theatre, the Primeval Parade, Earth, Life, the Earth inside, Biotechnology and the Treasure Chamber. The museum's innovative design allows you to see into researchers' laboratories from the exhibition galleries.
Recently the museum acquired an intact skeleton of a T. Rex, dubbed Trix (it's a female), which is on display. The rest of the museum is closed for refurbishment until the end of 2018.
For more information visit the English-language website

Museums

Rembrandt

Just over 400 years ago Rembrandt van Rijn was born in Leiden, where he spent his formative years. Later he went to Amsterdam, where he reached his greatest fame as a painter. But Leiden is proud of her most famous son and celebrated the anniversary with a host of events. You can do the Rembrandt-walk and visit the places that are connected with Rembrandt, such as the location of the house where he was born and the Latin School which he visited.


Other than his contemporaries, Rembrandt shunned rigid formality in his paintings, but sought natural movement. He is most famous for his use of chiaroscuro – the effect of light and dark.
Rembrandt had five children, only two of whom survived into adulthood. He went bankrupt and was helped to get financially back on his feet by his common-law wife Hendrickje Stoffels. Rembrandt survived not only his wife Saskia, but also his common-law wife Hendrickje and his son Titus. The latter's death hit him very hard and he died shortly afterward.


Rembrandt produced a total of 600 paintings, 300 etchings and 2,000 drawings. His self-portraits number about 100, most of them in oils. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has the most notable collection of Rembrandt's work, including the Night Watch and the Jewish Bride. The Hague's Mauritshuis has many of his self-portraits. Etchings are to be found in the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam.

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Mural poetry

In Leiden the Stichting Tegen-beeld has created a unique poetry project: over 100 poems adorn the outer walls of buildings throughout Leiden. The poems are from all over the world and are written in their original language. Many have a plaque bearing a translation into Dutch and/or English.
For more information visit the English-language website

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Outside Leiden

Festivals

North Sea Jazz Festival, 11, 12 and 13 July 2014, Rotterdam

Tong Tong Fair (huge Eurasian festival) 29 May - 9 June 2014, The Hague

Mooi Weer Spelen ('Nice Weather' outdoor theatre festival), first weekend in June, Delft. English-language booklet for sale at the Touristic Information Point (TIP) and on the Marketsquare.

Miscellaneous

Alphen aan den Rijn

  • Archeon. Theme park showing settlements and crafts from prehistoric times, Roman times and the Middle Ages. Frequent demonstrations of fighting skills and craftsmanship by actors dressed in clothes of the period.

Delft

  • Royal Delft Porceleyne Fles. The makers of Delft blue. You can take one of the daily guided tours, design your own plate, or participate in a Delft blue painting workshop

Gouda – home of the Gouda cheese, candles and treacle biscuit (stroopwafel).


  • Museum Kaaswaag shows the history and process of cheese making.
  • Thursday mornings between 10 en 12.30 a traditional cheese market is held by farmers dressed in traditional costume.
  • Kaarserij De Vergulde Kaars makes and sells a great variety of candles. You can make your own to take home (by appointment only).
  • World famous stained glass windows of the St Janskerk. Open Mondays-Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm. Audiotour available.

Lisse

  • Keukenhof. An overwhelming collection of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and many other spring bulbs. A feast both for the eyes and the nose. The park is open for a limited time, when the bulbs are expected to bloom. But check beforehand, because it all depends on the temperature. Keukenhof is open from 23 March till 21 May 2017.
Noordwijk to Haarlem
  • Flower parade (bloemencorso). One of the biggest and best-known flower parades is the Bloemencorso Bollenstreek. Some 20 large floats entirely composed of flowers travel a 40-km route from Noordwijk to Haarlem. Both the day before and the day after the parade the floats are on display, for you to take photographs. In 2017 the parade takes place on Saturday 22 April.

The Hague

  • Madurodam. miniature town that gives a bird's eye view of some of the Netherlands' most important buildings. See the Houses of Parliament, Palace on the Dam, Schiphol airport, the Delta works which keep the sea out, etc. etc.
  • Mauritshuis. collection of some of the Netherlands' most famous paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Brueghel the Elder and others. They are housed in a 17th-century palace, which is one of the finest examples of Dutch classicist architecture.
  • Omniversum. IMAX-theatre, where films are projected larger than life. The films currently running are The Human Body, A Beautiful Planet, Africa, the Serengeti, Dinosaurs, Fly Me to the Moon, and Giant Whales.
  • Panorama Mesdag. A cylindrical painting that completely surrounds you. With a length of nearly 120 meters and a height of over 14 meters, it is the biggest painting of the Netherlands. It is also the oldest panorama in the world that is maintained at its original stake.
  • Peace Palace. Take a guided tour (by advance booking only) through this monument to Peace, which houses not only the International Court of Justice and the Court of Arbitration, but also one of the most prestigious international law libraries in the world.

Zoeterwoude

  • Cheese making farm,. See how cheese is made on the farm, taste the difference between young and mature cheese and buy some to take home to Pride of Leyden. For addresses and phone numbers, see the Dutch-language website

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