Leiden, Netherlands, canals, lanes, train station and museums

We are taking another look at Leiden, one of the most beautiful towns in the Netherlands. Wandering along the canals enjoying the reflections, heading for the shopping streets and some historic monuments and museums.
This is kind of like a video postcard rack where we’re going to look at some of the buildings, we will see the dogs sitting out on the sidewalk and people at their terrace tables, or just out for a stroll in the historic neighborhoods. Sure there are lots of monuments and important sites that you’ll want to see, but one of the joys and being in a place like Leiden is just simply taking a walk and watching the bicycles.
At the end of this short movie we will take you inside two of the main museums, covering history and culture. We will also have a look inside the modern train station, which is the transportation heart of the city.

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12 thoughts on “Leiden, Netherlands, canals, lanes, train station and museums

  1. William Griffin says:

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  2. William Griffin says:

    Leiden in English and archaic Dutch also Leyden) is a city and municipality in the province of South Holland, Netherlands. The municipality of Leiden had a population of 123,856 in August 2017, but the city forms one densely connected agglomeration with its suburbs Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude with 206,647 inhabitants. The Netherlands Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) further includes Katwijk in the agglomeration which makes the total population of the Leiden urban agglomeration 270,879, and in the larger Leiden urban area also Teylingen, Noordwijk, and Noordwijkerhout are included with in total 348,868 inhabitants. Leiden is located on the Oude Rijn, at a distance of some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from The Hague to its south and some 40 km (25 mi) from Amsterdam to its north. The recreational area of the Kaag Lakes (Kagerplassen) lies just to the northeast of Leiden.

  3. Richard Renes says:

    About the Museum voor Volkenkunde: it is now joined by 3 other museums: the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, the Africa museum in Berg en Dal (near Nijmegen) and the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam. The building the Museum voor Volkenkunde is housed in used to be the university hospital btw (and you can still kind of see it in the floorplan)

  4. Snakesborough says:

    Another beautiful video dedicated to the town where I studied for six years (history and medieval languages) back in the eighties and which is still very dear to me. Even though I live near the German border and going to Leiden takes me much longer than half an hour, it's still always a treat to stay a few days in Leiden, just as it's always a treat to watch your splendid video's. Thank you most kindly!

  5. hans laro says:

    Dear Dennis. Every time it is a pleasure to learn about my own country via your comprehensive video's. My compliments for your extensive research and report. Thank you, it's a pleasure to watch!

  6. wander planet says:

    I love the beautiful cities of the Netherlands so much.❀ But I've heard there are so many Dutch who are suffering from so many tourists in Amsterdam. So hesitant to visit there.😨 How's Leiden? In your video, Leiden is full of canals, windmills and bicycles except for trams that I love. I have to put it on my destination list.πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the wonderful video!πŸ‘

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