Leiden is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It is situated between The Hague and Amsterdam.
Since 1575 Leiden houses Leiden University. It is twinned with Oxford, the location of England’s oldest university.
Many old churches and houses are reminders of its rich history.
The St Peters Church and the Hooglandse Kerk (Highland Church) are famous landmarks.
Leiden is also known as the place where the Pilgrims as well as some of the first settlers of New Amsterdam lived (and operated a printing press) for a time in the early 17th century before their departure to Massachusetts and New Amsterdam in the new World.