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The Hortus Botanicus also known as the Botanical Garden of Leiden is one of the oldest botanical gardens of the country and also in the world. It is considered to be one of the historical centers of the city in the southwestern part and is located between the Leiden Observatory building and the Academy building. Some of its major collections include the Tulip tree, Date Plum, Ginkgo, Golden Chain, the greenhouses which contain the Victoria Amazonica, other tropical trees, sub-tropical plants, the Orangery, the Winter Garden, Japanese Garden and many more.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
The Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a national museum of natural history and also a research center of biodiversity in Leiden. There are almost 57 million specimens in the museum which is one of the largest collections in the world. The museum has merged with the Zoologisch Museum Amsterdam and National Herbarium of the Netherlands. The museum houses specimens of insects, molluscs, invertebrates, fossils, vascular plants, birds, fishes, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, rocks, minerals, vertebrates, galls, books, mosses, lichens, ferns, fungi, wood samples, algae, slime molds. They also preserve maps, scientific journals, microfiche, prints, slides photographs, drawings, and glass. Some of its major exhibits include Earth, Life, Treasure Chamber, Nature Theatre, Biotechnology, Primeval Parade, Earth Inside and the exhibition of the Trix, the Tyrannosaurus skeleton.
The De Burcht also known as Burcht van Leiden is an old shell keep in the city which was built in the 11th century. It is located on the top of a motte and is now a park open to the public. There is an iron gate at the base of the hill with two huge pillars which lead to a stairway. The park is a zone of recreation and relaxation for the people visiting.
Molenmusem de Valk
Molenmusem de Valk is a tower mill and also a museum in the city. The mill had become a municipal museum in the year 1966. The machinery installed in the mill, its gears, millstones, sundial at the museum, the surrounding canal are some of its major attractions. The sail at the mill used to be decorated with streamers at the time of a festival and at the time of mourning it was made still at an angle.
The Corpus Museum is a very interactive museum of human biology and is located in the city near Oegstgeest. The museum provides both entertainment and education through a combination of variable and permanent collections. It is considered 'a journey through the human body'. It is the first museum in the whole world of this kind.
National Museum of Ethnology
The National Museum of Ethnology was established in the year 1837 and receives almost 76,320 visitors each year. It is located in the University of Leiden. Objects from several countries like Japan, Korea, Latin America, Oceania, China, Africa and even Asia are housed here. Historical development of world cultures is the basic theme of the collection of the museum display. Some of its major collections include Blomhoff, Fischer, Siebold and Liden Plate.
Leiden also referred as Leyden is a municipality and city in the South Holland Province. There are a number of churches, university buildings, fortifications, rivers, canals, parks and many other notable attractions in the city. The city is a rich cultural heritage not only in arts but also science. Some of the most famous painters have been born here including Jan Steen etc. The rivers and the trees with panoramic views give a beautiful aura to the city making it look like a destination right out of a fairy tale. Have the best time of your life in Leiden.
How to Get Tickets
An easier method to book the tickets is to book them online as it saves your time and eases out the process for you. It can be purchased easily through this website. You can also avail many attractive discounts and offers which you don't find while booking a ticket offline.
How To Get Around
You can take the metro to get to the main attractions of the city. You can also take bikes on rent which are available at a very cheaper price at multiple parking lots by the name 'EasyFeits' and 'Bizon Bikes'. Apart from that all the nearby places can be easily explored by foot.
What Should I Wear
The city requires no dress code. You can wear anything as per your heart's consent. You can carry a mix of both formals and informal clothes. Don't forget to pack in comfortable footwear as you will have to walk a lot. Carry some tops, crop tops, and T-shirts with a scarf. Also, pack in ample clothes for layering if visiting Leiden in the winters.
Best Time to Visit
It is advisable to visit Leiden in the warm months starting from April. It is the best time due to moderate climate. But it will be a little crowded at this time.
Will I Need a Guide
You can skip taking a guide as all the required information is available on this website.
How To Get There
Trains are available from Amsterdam and The Hague which will take you to the main station of the city Leiden. Leiden is nearby the station and can be reached within hours. However, a different route might take a little more time. A direct flight from Amsterdam is also available.
Cash and documents should be kept safely and securely with you. Keep your luggage safe and locked in the hotel room. Avoid using cameras and mobiles at places where it is not allowed. Follow all the instructions carefully at museums and other institutions.