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Leiden, the University Town

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A March 2002 trip to Leiden by Katarina

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre Photo, Leiden, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Wanting to be away from the hustle of Amsterdam, we settled on the university town of Leiden as a base for our visits of the cities of Randstadt Holland.

Leiden, the University Town

Overview

Leiden Photo, Leiden, Netherlands
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The best things to do in Leiden are: sitting at the numerous outdoor cafes nursing a single drink for hours while watching the energetic and youthful passerbys on foot and bikes, walking along Rapenburg admiring the stately rowhouses that lined the quiet canal, and window shopping on the pedestrian street of Haarlemmestr.Quick Tips: With its proximity to Amsterdam, Haarlem, Schipol to the North and the Hague, Delft, Rotterdam to the South, Leiden serves as a very good base with easy public transportation by bus and trains for visits to the cities of Randstadt and Keukenhof.Best Way To Get Around: Leiden is a very walkable city with numerous pedestrians only streets and all the attra...Read More

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre

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Hotel | "Golden Tulip Leiden"

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre Photo, Leiden, Netherlands
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The Golden Tulip Leiden is a 4 star hotel located 200m to the left of the train station. Its location on the fringe of the old town and very close to a large number of restaurants and shops was perfect for us. Despite its closeness to the train station, we never heard the train. The hotel is very modern on the outside but very warm on the inside. We particularly loved the 75 copies of oil paintings by famous Dutch/Flemish masters that adorned the hallways. The room which was tastefully decorated in the Scandinavian style with caramel colored wood furniture and warm toned uphostery, was on the small side. There were hairdryer, mini bar, safe, trouser press, TV with several english speak...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2002

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre
SCHIPHOLWEG 3
Leiden, Netherlands
31 71 408 3500

Azie

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Restaurant

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The Netherlands has an abundance of Asian restaurants, with Chinese and Indonesian ones being the most prominent. Coming back late on the train one night, we decided to try out Azie, a big Chinese restaurant located across the street from the Leiden train and bus stations. In addition to an a la carte menu with entrees ranging around 15 euros, the restaurant offers a buffet for 20 euros/person. Having walked all day long, two of us decided our appetite could handle the "all you can eat" buffet while the other two settled on the a la carte menu. The buffet consists of 2 soups, several ready made dishes such as egg rolls, satay, stir fries, noodles, etc., a wok buffet, dessert and coff...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2002

Azie
Stationsplein 24
Leiden, Netherlands
(071) 512-6233

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On our first day in the Netherlands, wanting an early (5pm) dinner which is unusual for Europe, we stumbled on Foe Yu, a chinese-indonesian restaurant on Haarlemmerstraat, the pedestrian shopping street. The lady who greeted us did not speak English however her son, a most charming young man did. The four of us shared the only English menu the restaurant had. Despite the translation, we had a tough time understanding the menu however the shrimp, beef and noodles dishes we ordered were all excellent and plentiful. Having eaten at chinese restaurants in Europe before, we expected the servings to be small but the servings at Foe Yu turned out to be larger than their counterparts in the US....Read More

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Chinees Indisch Restaurant Foe Yu
Haarlemmerstraat 248
Leiden, Netherlands
(071) 514-9881

Leiden Sights

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Attraction | "Leiden, the city"

Leiden Sights Photo, Leiden, Netherlands
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Leiden is probably best known as the birthplace of Rembrandt, the place where the first Dutch tulips were grown (at the Hortus Botanicus), and for its university which is the oldest in the country. Leiden was besieged twice by the Spanish in the 16C. The second siege was terrible for the city and many inhabitants starved or got the plague. William of Orange ordered the dikes to be cut so that the countryside would flood. The Spanish were then attacked by Sea Beggars. To reward the city for its bravery, William the Silent founded an university there. Leiden is a wonderful city, although you would never expect that when your train passes the buildings with modern architecture a...Read More

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Leiden Sights
Throughout Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden/National Museum of Antiquities

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Attraction | "Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Natl Museum of Antiquiti"

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden/National Museum of Antiquities Photo, Leiden, Netherlands
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Situated on Rapenburg, the most picturesque canal in Leiden, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden boasts an unbeatable collection of Egyptian mummies and artifacts. From the outside, the museum looks small and unprepossessing but step inside and it is much larger than it looks. Two aspects make the museum a good place to visit: its outstanding collection of Egyptian mummies, including many animal mummies, as well as its exhibit on the archaeology of the Netherlands which contains a number of bog finds. Around the beginning of the 1st century AD, various temples were built in Nubia, beneath the southern border of Egypt. All of these temples had to be demolished in 1960 to prevent t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2002

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden/National Museum of Antiquities
Rapenburg 28
Leiden, Netherlands
071 516 3163

Keukenhof Gardens

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Attraction

Keukenhof Gardens Photo, Lisse, Netherlands
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Keukenhof Gardens and its surrounding bulb fields have been the most exciting and colorful spring attraction in Holland. In the last fifty years, millions of visitors, both from Holland and abroad, have discovered that springtime in the Keukenhof offers an exuberant feast for the eyes. This spring, Keukenhof is open daily from March 21 to May 20 2002. Situated between Amsterdam and The Hague, Haarlem and Leiden, Keukenhof is easily accessible through Buses from Haarlem or Leiden. Tickets cost 11 euros for entry to the park, or 15 euros for the park and round-trip bus transportation from/to Haarlem or Leiden. We took Express Bus #54 in front of the Leiden train station to Keukenhof. The ...Read More

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Keukenhof Gardens
Stationsweg 166-A
Lisse, Netherlands
31 (0) 252 465 555