Exploring Leiden

A couple of weekends ago, I finally decided to visit the beautiful city of Leiden. It’s only a stone’s throw away from The Hague – just ten minutes away by train! – so it was a wonder I hadn’t visited yet. Despite the short distance, I was always drawn to visiting more popular cities like Amsterdam and Delft, but after hearing nothing but good reviews from friends, I finally decided to check it out!

In my mind, I had thought of Leiden as a ‘student city’, since one of the oldest and most prominent Dutch universities is based here. However, it was almost the complete opposite – so peaceful and tranquil, with the shopping streets nowhere near as busy as The Hague can get. The canals were stunning, with one on almost every corner you turned. Canals aren’t very prominent in The Hague, so it was a nice change to see so many in Leiden. And with the setting sun, the views were incredible.

It’s really not this time of year without some sparkling twinkle lights in the tree branches here in the Netherlands. Seeing the trees lit up like this was a lovely glimpse of Christmas.

This is one of the most photogenic cities I’ve been to, and a great place to visit for a day if you’re nearby!


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