City Tour Leiden with Guide Jan
A city tour on foot in Leiden is also an interesting affair.
Canals everywhere and water with banks. Leiden can be visited by boat very well. Leiden was a woollen city originally. Leiden is also called city of keys, because Petrus was her patron saint. Leiden is the city of birth of Rembrandt. The place of his birth is marked. The house no longer exists. High above the city the windmill De Valk towers, from which the windmills in the wide surroundings could be monitored and maintained. You can see how a mill is built there as well as go up the mill that is still in use.
Pilgrim fathers John Adams
In Leiden in the Hooglandse Kerk the pilgrim fathers are commemorated together with their leader John Adams. From England they came to Leiden to sail on to the Americas. 8 American presidents have roots that can be traced to these pilgrim fathers. The pilgrim fathers left for Hasting with the boat, the Speedwell. Finally to sail to the Americas with the Mayflower.
The oldest University of the Netherlands you will also find in Leiden.
In the Hortus Botanicus, part of this university, the first tulip ever grew in the Netherlands under Carolus Clusius.
Part of the University is the RMO (National Museum of Antiquities)
A collection of antiquities with focus on Egypt is world famous. www.rmo.nl