About Leiden

Welcome to Leiden, city of discoveries

Leiden is the home of host Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden is also the city of the internationally renowned Leiden University and one of the largest bioscience clusters in Europe.

Historical Leiden

In Leiden you can take a walk surrounded by 800 years of visible history. The City of Discoveries is home to the oldest university of the Netherlands. In addition the city is famous for its rich history and old city centre, with its canals, city gates, bridges, windmills, a castle, an observatory, the botanical gardens, weavers’ homes, almshouses, two large late gothic churches and several historical edifices. 

Discover what Marilyn Monroe and President Obama have in common and get acquainted with the history of the Pilgrims in Leiden. The Pilgrims were refugees from England who were persecuted for their faith around 1600. They chose the city of Leiden, an affluent city famous for its tolerant environment and freedom of religion. But why did they eventually leave Leiden after all, receiving official permission from the British crown to settle in the New World?

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