Leiden is a city with a rich cultural history. Therefore Leiden is called ‘the City of Discovery’. With a lot of activities and sigtseeings, Leiden could also be called ‘the Key of Holland.’ You can visit everyday attractions like 13 museums and more then 2800 monuments like: Windmills, Gardens, Churches and City Gates, and each one of them tells their own story. At approximately 9 km you can find the beach at Katwijk aan Zee. The beach is easy to get to by bike, car and public transport. The same goes for the cities like: The Hague (20km), Rotterdam (35km) and our capital city Amsterdam (40km).
Every year on the 2nd and 3rd of October there is a big event in Leiden where we celebrate our freedom. During the Dutch War of Independance, the Spanish occupied Leiden for over a year. In memorial we celeberate the liberation of the city with a big carnival and live music all over the city.