Leiden attractions in the Netherlands
- A large marketplace on the banks of the Rhine, every Wednesday and Saturday the same for 900 years;
- peaceful enclaves in the city centre, where time seems to stand still;
- surprising poems on the walls that have appeared there relatively recently;
- a hospital for infectious diseases, built for plague patients, never used - today it is the entrance to the extensive Natural History Museum;
- an old windmill (Molen] de Valk;)
- Hort Botanicus, the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands d. Holland and one of the oldest in the world.
- Dutch love for tulips began here in the 17th century, when Carolus Clusius brought the first specimen of this plant.
- Visit Leiden at any time of year, but it is best to go in spring or summer.
The attractions of Leiden in the Netherlands can be discovered by a English city guide in Leiden in the Netherlands
This historic city is where the Old and New Rhine meet. Leiden was plundered in 1047 and besieged several times before it developed into a wealthy textile city. As a reward for resisting the Spaniards in 1574, the residents were offered a university degree or tax exemption, and they made a noble choice of the first option. The triumph over the Spaniards is celebrated every year on October 3, with a parade, fairs and mass consumption of hutspot (a plate full of pressed potatoes, carrots and onions).
The land fell into decline when the textile industry disappeared, which fortunately resulted in the survival of the old town. The exception is an area where 220 houses were destroyed by a gunpowder explosion in 1807 (today Von der Werff Park) and where the destruction was caused by bombings during World War II. However, this place still has an irresistible charm. With two river branches, a network of canals and tree-lined wharves, the city is: stunning. Morning strolls along the canal (for lazy people there are boat trips!) allow you to see the picturesqueness of the city and the jewels of its architecture. Rembrandt, who was born here, would certainly recognize this place today.
Among the many historical buildings, look for De Burch Castle, the two old town gates (Zijlpoort and Morspoort), the 13th century Gravensteen fortress, the impressive 15th century St. Pankracy church, St. Peter's church, the old Waag (house of scales), the Latin School of 1599 and the 17th century Stadstimmerwerf (carpenter's yard and flyover).
But it is not only the fascinating buildings. There are plenty of interesting shops and countless places to eat and drink. One of them is Oudt, the oldest pancake shop in the world, whose showcase is faience tableware.
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