Leiden has a compact and straightforward inner city and is easy to explore by yourself. A city walking tour allows visitors to immerse themselves into Leiden's story. The gables, streets, alleyways and almshouse courtyards; each tell their own story. There are a number of original walks for discovering the city. But also walking in the region is a great experience.


Walking Leiden

When walking around Leiden, the city's glorious history seems to come to life. The Academiegebouw, which is the ceremonial seat of the university, De Waag (the Weigh house), De Burcht (the Citadel), the stately mansions lining the famous Rapenburg canal, the beautiful Pieterskerk (church of Peter), the Hooglandse kerk (Highland church), and the 35 hofjes or almshouses in the city all tell the story of Leiden's history.

Get to know the town by way of a walking tour. A wide choice of themes are available with an English instruction. Buy one of the Leiden city walks at the Tourist Information Centre or ask for a guided tour through the city in a group or privately.

strandhuys_katwijk_brr.jpgBeach walking Katwijk or Noordwijk

Pram, zimmer frame or wheelchair? Along the Wilhelminaboulevard in Noordwijk and the boulevard of Katwijk you’ll find fine hardened walking paths in the dunes. Most beach pavilions are accessible via one of the hardened paths. Katwijk also offers free use of the ‘jutters’: special beach wheelchairs which can be found at the pavilions Strandhuys Katwijk, Zilt and ’t Wantveld

National Park Hollandse Duinen (‘Dutch Dunes’)

Between Hoek van Holland and the Langevelderslag in Noordwijk lies a brand-new national park in a centuries- old landscape. Recorded by Dutch master painters, loved for its water, space and light. A paradise for cyclists, walkers and nature lovers. National Park Hollandse Duinen comprises dunes, parks, estates such as Duivenvoorde, Voorlinden and Keukenhof, woods and bulb fields. Significant wildlife areas such as Meijendel, Berkheide, the Panbos, the Coepelduynen, boswachterij Noordwijk and De Blink are also part of this national park, situated right in our backyard.


 Take a further look into the walking tour options.

More walking tours in the region can be found at the Bikemap website, the Routeyou website and the Mapmywalk website.