Leiden (also known as Leyden) is one of the largest cities in the region of South Holland and its greater municipal area (which includes Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp and Vooschoten) has a population of 206,000. Located on a branch of the river Rhine delta known as the Oude Rijn or Old Rhine, Leiden has served as a predominant university town since the late 1500’s.
The main history of the city date back to the 1400’s and since then the settlement flourished and became a place of economy and art through the weaving industry and later through the university of Leiden. Today the city stands as an important place for education, and as a trade centre; it also has a great deal of historical buildings and fantastic attractions and is one of the premier tourist locations in South Holland.
Lets explore the best things to do in Leiden:
1. De Valk Windmill Museum
Windmills play a large part in the economical history of Leiden and the De Valk museum helps to showcase this.
Standing proudly in the old town centre, this windmill and museum can be seen throughout Leiden and have become a landmark of the city.
Created in 1611, the windmill had seen many changes and restorations and from 1996 has served as a museum.
The museum offers great insight into how windmills work together with the extensive history of this particular structure.
You can also enjoy fantastic views of the city from the circular viewing platform at the base of the tower.