Situated at what has traditionally been an important junction where waterways and roads cross stands a city that will enchant you: Leiden. The city is famous for its almshouses, university, museums and glorious history. The spirit of the Golden Age lives on here, a place where Rembrandt was born and inspired so many other influential painters. But even after this era Leiden continued to attract scientists, artists and industry. The canals, the historical buildings, the alleyways, the treasuries of knowledge, culture and science: Leiden is definitely worth seeing.
In Leiden, you can stroll through 800 years of visible history. The City of Discoveries is home to the oldest university in the Netherlands. The city is also well-known for its rich history and old city centre, with its canals, city gates, bridges, windmills, a castle, an observatory, the Hortus botanical gardens, weaver houses, the courtyard homes, two large Late Gothic churches and various historical buildings.
Stroll along the canals and the narrow streets of the old city centre and have history come to life through the stories told by a guide or actor. Tread in the footsteps of Rembrandt and get to know his Leiden or discover the pillars of the medical history of the Netherlands in the Hortus botanicus, the Academy Building, Professor Boerhaave’s workplaces and a 16th century anatomical theatre. On foot or by boat, by bicycle or accompanied by an experienced city guide, you’ll get a lovely view of this ancient historic city.
For more information, please visit VisitLeiden.nl
How to get there
Leiden is ideally located within a short travelling distance of Netherlands’ major cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The city can also be reached easily by international visitors, with Amsterdam Schiphol Airport just 25 kilometres away and Rotterdam – The Hague Airport at 33 kilometres distance. Leiden is within 10 kilometres of Holland’s North Sea coast, and the Green Heart of the Netherlands is also close at hand.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is a major airport located between Leiden and Amsterdam and provides direct connections to all countries within and most countries outside of Europe. Trains run 8 times per hour between Schiphol Airport and Leiden Central Station (travel time 16-21 minutes).Please visit the Dutch Railway site for more information.
Leiden is also easily reachable by international trains. Coming from the south or Great-Britain, you could take a Thalys or Eurostar train to Rotterdam and switch there to a local train to Leiden. Coming from the north or the east, through Germany, you can take an ICE or IC train to Schiphol Airport and connect there to Leiden Central station. For more information, please check the International Dutch Railway site.
Eurohaptics 2020 will take place in the City Concert Hall (de Stadsgehoorzaal), right in the medieval centre of Leiden. The City Concert Hall is a venue with 3 different halls that is located at Breestraat 60. This beautiful historic monument dates from 1891 and was built in neo-Renaissance style – a style that can now be found hardly anywhere else in the Netherlands. Normally, you can enjoy a wide range of concerts here, from classical to pop. The City Concert Hall is particularly praised for its excellent acoustics, and many concerts and CD recordings are held here every year. From 17-20 June 2020, they will host the Eurohaptics community.
The conference dinner will be held at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Netherlands’ treasure house of science and medicine, and winner of the European Museum of the Year Award 2019.
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