Leiden Expat Center



Leiden is a lively city that offers many sights, attractions and activities for both young and old. Here you will find more information about things to do in Leiden.


Leiden has a thriving music scene. Gebr. de Nobel and Q-Bus clubs regularly host national and international artists, and they are great places to check out the many local bands, too. During the annual Ontzettend Leiden festival in September, the city's best bands battle it out to win the coveted Ontzettend Leiden trophy. Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden also regularly features well-known performers.


Discover our beautiful city on foot, by bike or even scooter during one of the fascinating city tours, either with a guide or by yourself.

You can discover Leiden from the water, too. Boats dock at several locations in the city for you to climb aboard and experience a unique tour of special landmarks in Leiden's glorious history. Of course you can also rent yourself a (rowing-)boat and get a canal side view of the city's treasures. Discover Leiden at your own pace and in your own way. To start planning your adventure, visit the VVV, Gilde Leiden, Groepswijzer.nl and Stadsavonturen websites.

Parks, playgrounds and other attractions

Leiden's parks and playgrounds offer visitors of all ages opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

The playgrounds are a great place to swing, sway and climb. For an enjoyable nature walk, try De Leidse Hout, Heempark Leiden or Park Cronesteyn.

Would you like to take the (grand)children to a children's farm? Then Leiden is the place to be! You will find a large children's farm in Leiden's Merenwijk residential area. The farm organises special activities on a regular basis.

Ready to embark on a journey through the human body? The new Corpus experience centre is located just outside Leiden. Other nearby attractions include the Duinrell water amusement park in Wassenaar, the famed Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, Space Expo in Noordwijk and Madurodam in The Hague.


Leiden has over 2700 monuments. From almshouses to windmills and churches to city gates. In fact, Leiden's entire downtown area is a historic monument in its entirety. Located within such a short distance from one another, a walk along the canals to view the most conspicuous monuments hardly takes any effort and is well worth the time!

Gilde Leiden organises special theme walks, and the VVV tourist office also offers guided tours. Feel free to explore Leiden by yourself using the illustrated 'Leiden Loop' guidebook. The loop takes you past all of the most beautiful places in Leiden's historic centre. Planning on visiting Leiden with a group of colleagues, friends or family? The Groepswijzer.nl website has put together a list of special theme walks which enable you to catch sight of the many monuments that Leiden boasts.