|Combo meal at McDonalds||$9.49|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$44.07|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$16.95|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$94.92|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$0.99|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$2 033.90|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$4.07|
In Leiden you can find the first university in Holland, that was founded in 1575 and it is known worldwide for its famous science institution. Its botanical garden, or Hortus Botanicus, founded in 1578 is a touristic attraction for people all around the world. When you book cheap flights to Leiden, you should visit the tourist office near the main train station. They will give you all the maps and information about Leiden. You can take long walks and explore the charming city, enjoy the art of Rembrandt, rent your own boat and take a tour down the canals.
When you travel to Leiden, you will be impressed by the amount of students that are living there. Leiden has around 20,000 students, from a total of 100,000 permanent population. This makes Leiden a true student town. Their University is one of the oldest universities in Europe and was created in the 16th century. The University buildings are spread all around the town. This helps Leiden to have a very young population and students are coming from all over the worlds, especially because the university has a very famous faculty of medicine and law. Behind the main train station, you will find the LUMC. Because of so many students in Leiden, you will find very almost in every corner a great place to drink.
The easiest way to reach the city of Leiden is by train. The ride takes around 20 minutes from the Hague, and 25 minutes from Schiphol Airport, the main airport in the Netherlands. The trip from Amsterdam will take around 45 minutes.
The majority of trains will arrive at Leiden Central, about 500m northwest of the center, and less than 1km from the City Hall. Another train station, Lammenschans station (which is a relatively smaller station), is located on the opposite side of the center, around 1 km from the City Hall. You can also choose to take the bus from the station to get to the center of the city (just ask which bus gets to Breestraat bus stop).
Even the city of Leiden have two main highways (A4 and A44), it is much better to park your car (free parking) outside the city center and continue the trip by bus. There are many parking lots on the Langegracht and the Morsweg. Just remember that the parking lots will be crowded and nobody promise you there will be parking when you get there, especially during summer. There are also parking lots in Haagweg and Groenoordhallen, from where buses will take you to the center of the city. Remember when you reach the city that the parking plots are expensive. Only miles away from the city center you will find free parking. Leiden always builds new roads around the center, so it is very hard to drive there by car. The rebuilding is making the roads to have daily traffic jams.
You will find exploring the city much easier when walking and the city is very charming during the night time. You can always choose to rent a bike at any railway station.
You must book a ticket to the museums as soon as you book flights to Leiden. Leiden presents one of the most interesting museums in the Netherlands. There are three national museums in Leiden, which must be visited. All the museums are around 20 minutes from each other, so it will be very easy to visit all of them on foot. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (Museum of Antiquities) presents an exceptional collection of Egyptian antiquities. The Egyptians also gave the Leiden people a small temple for appreciating them on the Aswan monument project. The prices for adults are 7.50 Euros and for kids between 4 and 17 only 6.50 Euros.
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