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Leiden 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 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. Wikipedia

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Day 1
Leiden itinerary, Leiden American Pilgrim Museum
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  Duration: 4 hrs

The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum is a small museum in the Dutch city of Leiden dedicated to the Pilgrim Fathers . These Separatists or English Dissenters were religious refugees who had fled England to Amsterdam in 1608 and moved to Leiden the next year. They lived and worked in that city for about 12 to 20 years. In 1620, their emigration began.

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Leiden itinerary, Burcht Van Leiden
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

The Burcht van Leiden is an old shell keep in Leiden constructed in the 11th century. It is located at the spot where two tributaries of the Rhine come together, the Oude Rijn and the Nieuwe Rijn. The structure is on top of a motte, and is today a public park. .

Leiden itinerary, National Museum Of Antiquities
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  Duration: 4 hrs

The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden is the national archaeological museum of the Netherlands, located in Leiden. It grew out of the collection of Leiden University and still closely co-operates with its Faculty of Archaeology. The museum calls itself "the national centre for archaeology" and focuses on ancient Egypt, the ancient Near East, the classical world of Greece, Etruria and Rome and the early Netherlands.

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Day 2
Leiden itinerary, Bibliotheca Thysiana
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

The Bibliotheca Thysiana was erected in 1655 to house the book collection of the lawyer Johannes Thysius . Upon his early death, he left a legacy of 20,000 guilders for the building of a public library with a custodian's dwelling. Designed by the architect Arent van ‘s-Gravensande, the building follows the Dutch Classical style and is regarded as one of the jewels of Dutch 17th-century architecture. Bibliotheca Thysiana is one of the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites.

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Leiden itinerary, Japan Museum Sieboldhuis
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  Duration: 4 hrs

Japan Museum SieboldHuis is a museum located at the Rapenburg in Leiden, Netherlands. It displays items that were collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold between 1823 and 1829 during his stay at Dejima, the Dutch trade colony nearby Nagasaki in Japan. It also functions as a museum of Japanese culture. Siebold was highly interested in all aspects of Japanese nature and culture, and as such his collection is very diverse.

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Leiden itinerary, Academy Building Leiden
  Duration: 1 hrs

The old University building still used for ceremonies and a few studies.

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Leiden itinerary, Leiden University
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Leiden University is a public research university in Leiden, Netherlands. Founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange as a reward to the town of Leiden for its defense against Spanish attacks during the Eighty Years' War, it is the oldest institution of higher education in the Netherlands.Known for its historic foundations and emphasis on the social sciences, the university came into particular prominence during the Dutch Golden Age, when scholars from around Europe were attracted to the Dutch Republic due to its climate of intellectual tolerance and Leiden's international reputation. During this time, Leiden became the home to individuals such as René Descartes, Rembrandt, Christiaan Huygens, Hugo Grotius, Baruch Spinoza and Baron d'Holbach. The university has seven academic faculties and over fifty subject departments while housing more than 40 national and international research institutes.

Leiden itinerary, Gemeenlandshuis
  Duration: 1.5 hrs

The Gemeenlandshuis van Rijnland on the Breestraat in Leiden is the oldest Gemeenlandshuis of the Netherlands that kept its function until the current century. Currently, it is still in use by the Hoogheemraadschap van Rijnland, but only for meetings and special occasions. Their day-to-day seat of water management is housed today on the Archimedesweg in Leiden.

Day 3
Leiden itinerary, Marekerk
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  Duration: 1 hrs

A 17th century church of an unusual "round" form.

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Leiden itinerary, Rijksmuseum Boerhaave
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave is a museum of the history of science and medicine, based in Leiden, Netherlands. The museum hosts a collection of historical scientific instruments from all disciplines, but mainly from medicine, physics, and astronomy. The museum is located in a building that was originally a convent in central Leiden. It includes a reconstructed traditional anatomical theatre.

Leiden itinerary, Leiden Theater
  Duration: 3 hrs

A beautiful theatre, built in 1705 it is amongst the oldest ones in the Netherlands. Tickets can be purchased on their website however you need a username.

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Leiden itinerary, Museum De Lakenhal
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Museum De Lakenhal is the city museum of fine art and history in Leiden, Netherlands. One highlight is its collection of fijnschilder paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Just like the city, the museum combines a classical appearance with a contemporary character. The broad collection ranges from early works by Rembrandt van Rijn and Lucas van Leyden's Last Judgement to modern classics of De Stijl and artworks created by contemporary artists such as Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout and many others.

Leiden itinerary, Molen De Valk
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

De Valk is a tower mill and museum in Leiden, Netherlands. The current tower mill is the third mill built at this location. In 1611 the post mill "De Valck" was built, and in 1667 it was replaced by a wooden post mill. In 1743 a higher tower mill was built.

Day 4
Leiden itinerary, Waag
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  Duration: 2 hrs

A 17th century building used to to weigh and trade various goods.

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Leiden itinerary, Waalse Kerk
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

This beautiful courtyard is one of my favorite places in Leiden to briefly visit. It’s long been the home of members of the Wallonia Church, who were allied to the Pilgrims. This peaceful courtyard (behind a heavy door) can be found at Kloksteeg 21. Please be quiet as this is a privately owned residence.

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Leiden itinerary, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Naturalis Biodiversity Center is a national museum of natural history and a research center on biodiversity in Leiden, Netherlands. The museum, except the research facilities, was closed from September 2018 to mid 2019 due to renovations. Temporary exhibitions were held in the Pesthuis , the former entrance building, during the renovations. Although its current name and organization are relatively recent, the history of Naturalis can be traced back to the early 1800s.

Leiden itinerary, National Museum Of Ethnology
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  Duration: 1.5 hrs

The museum shows the culture of native peoples around the world in a refreshingly open-minded way. Permanent exhibitions are grouped based on geographical regions. A good, well thought-out museum with lots of background information in its bookshop, extensive library, and computer screens that are strewn about the museum. Of special interest are the temporary exhibits.

Leiden itinerary, Oudt Leyden
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Oudt Leyden is a restaurant in Leiden in the Netherlands. It is a fine dining restaurant turned pancake-restaurant, that was awarded one Michelin star in 1957 and retained that rating from 1957 to 1979. It was again awarded a Michelin star in 1985 and retained that rating until 1989.Oudt Leyden is one of the founders of Alliance Gastronomique Neerlandaise. In 1967, owner was S.M.

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Day 5
Leiden itinerary, Valkenburg
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  Duration: 3 hrs

Valkenburg Naval Air Base is a former air base located just south of Valkenburg, which is part of Katwijk and close to the city of Leiden, that was used by the Royal Netherlands Navy until 2006, being their base for the Lockheed P-3 Orion aircraft. The Orions were sold to Germany and Portugal, resulting in the closure of the air base. Though officially closed as an airport, it still sees limited use for special events and by gliders and occasionally small piston aircraft, most of which from local flying club Aeroclub Valkenburg. Current plans however are to use the area for housing development, but part of the former air base may remain in use for glider flying.

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Leiden itinerary, Museum Het Leids Wevershuis
  Duration: 1.5 hrs

Museum Het Leids Wevershuis consists of one of the last remaining "weavers' homes" in Leiden, Netherlands. The exterior, the large antique loom and the interior, are testimony of the once flourishing textile industry around Leiden, in particular during the 16th and 17th century, when many home weavers supplied the draper's guild with high quality woolen cloth.

Leiden itinerary, Het Weeshuis
  Duration: 1.5 hrs

A former 16th century orphanage complex (aka Kinderrechtenhuis). It currently hosts ''Utopa-Weeshuis'' managed by the ''Utopa Foundation'', an organisation for "updating and promoting creative talents of people, where the construction of individuals for any reason whatsoever, no chance"

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