The Netherlands

Communication manager

Ms 
Bonaventuracollege – SCOL, Leiden, The Netherlands

Leiden

City emblem in front of “De Burcht

Leiden is situated in the Dutch province of Zuid Holland and near the Oude Rijn. The city has got approximately 122.000 citizens and has Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten and Zoeterwoude as its suburbs. The recreational area of the Kagerplassen can be found northeast of Leiden. Interestingly, Leiden is called the city of keys, a name that refers to the emblem of the city, which contains a shield with two keys, (often) held by a lion. Since 1575, Leiden has housed the oldest university of the Netherlands and one of Europe’s top universities: Leiden University. The city has a rich history. Leiden played a significant role in the Eighty Years’ War, during which Holland was under Spanish control. Leiden sided, with the Dutch revolt against this Spanish rule in 1572. The city eventually freed itself from the siege of Spain by cutting of the dikes, thus enabling ships to carry provisions to the inhabitants of the flooded town. This liberation is still celebrated annually by Leiden citizens on the 3rd of October. Apart from its interesting history, the city contains beautiful sites and architecture. The historical centre is unique and contains quite a few small canals with tree bordered quays. There is a lot to see and do in and around Leiden; from the rivers, canals and parks to historical buildings, the old fort, churches and musea.

Windmill “De Valk”

Het Stadhuis (the City Hall)