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City of Science

Strolling through the historic streets of Leiden, you can imagine yourself back in the 17th century. It has been home to the famous painter Rembrandt, the American Pilgrims, Dutch royalty and many great scientists. That is why it's known as the "City of Science". Want to escape the city life? The beach town of Noordwijk, as well as the flower fields and classic Dutch polder landscape, are all within biking distance or rent a boat and tour the city's canals or nearby lakes. 

Leiden Tourist Office
Koornbrug in Leiden

Region of Surprises

From beaches, sea and dunes to colourful flower fields, a historic city and picturesque villages. Zuid-Holland is home to the Region of Surprises, which covers the municipalities of Leiden, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten, Katwijk and Wassenaar.

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Oegstgeest on the water Castle Duivenvoorde in Voorschoten Hooglandsekerkgracht in Leiden

Municipalities - Expat Centre Leiden works with the Municipalities of Leiden, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude.

International and Connected

While many internationals choose to live in Leiden, the surrounding municipalities of Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude are also very popular with expats. There are several international schools and social groups nearby to cater to families or individuals. Expat Centre Leiden offers free information and support to all internationals living in the area. 

In the city itself, biking is an easy and safe way to travel. Whether for day trips or a regular commute, travelling to and from Leiden is simple. Leiden Centraal station has frequent connections to Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport.  

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Family at a museum.

European City of Science 2022

Since the first university in the Netherlands was founded here in 1575, Leiden has been a city where innovation and scientific exploration have flourished. It has attracted the world's greatest thinkers, including René Descartes and Albert Einstein. Leiden's reputation for excellence continues to this day, with Leiden Bio Science Park, Leiden University Medical Centre and the European Space Agency all based in the region. Leiden has been awarded the title of European City of Science 2022 and will host the EuroScience Open Forum conference. There will be a 365-day programme of activities, showcasing the city's links to science. 

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Logo Leiden 2022 City of Science

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