Famed as the birth place of Rembrandt and located a 45 minute drive from Amsterdam, Leiden is a city with much to offer. Known for its prestigious university which was founded in 1575, making it the oldest university in the Netherlands. Leiden is an old city with much of its historic centre still intact; its many canals are reminiscent of Amsterdam though the city has its own particular charm. Hiring a car in Leiden allows for greater exploration of the city itself as well as being able to head elsewhere in the Netherlands with ease.
Leiden burg is a city with a great history, housing many of the country’s oldest sights. Not only is Leiden home to the oldest university, it also plays host to the oldest botanical garden of Holland, the Hortus Botanicus which has plants from all across the world. The Leiden Observatory is also the oldest university observatory in the world. Leiden also has a few interesting museums worth visiting such as the small American Pilgrim Museum which is based in a house where the Mayflower Pilgrims had stayed during their time in the city. The museum has been made into a replica of how the Pilgrims would have lived while they were there and is another example of how this relatively small town has had such an impact on the world stage. Another important museum in the city is the Lakenhal which contains a number of works from the Dutch Masters including Rembrandt who was, of course, born in the city. Rent a car from Leiden to see the city in comfort but also have the chance to travel outside of the city to see many of the large Dutch cities of culture and commerce which are nearby.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1700, Sa 0900-1100, Su closed