City walking tours for groups

City- and Almshouses tour

Gilde Leiden City Tour Stadswandeling HofjeswandelingLeiden as a city evolved along the banks of the river Rhine, where the fortress had been built and the counts had also settled.

Walking along Leidens many canals and almshouses the guide will sketch an image of the Golden Age in which the majority of the people depended on the cloth industry and these goods were shipped the world over; a time when Dutch painters flourished and Leiden university was founded.

In short: Leiden is well worth such a tour. The starting point of the tour can be arranged with the coördinator.

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Rembrandt Walk

Gilde Leiden City Tour Stadswandeling HofjeswandelingThis tour leads you through Rembrandt’s Leiden life. The starting point of the tour can be arranged with the coördinator.
Together you walk past the artist’s place of birth as well as other noteworthy spots showing you what influenced Rembrandt’s early life before he definitely settled as a painter in Amsterdam. The walk ends in the centre of town where we can still see the house where this famous Dutch artist had his first painting lessons. Here you are able to watch a short multimedia film about the life of the young Rembrandt in Leiden.

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The Boerhaave Walk

Gilde Leiden City Tour stadswandelingThe Boerhaave walk through the old town.
Boerhaave was one of the most distinguished and learned medical doctor of his time. Even today we are still indebted to him for a great deal of knowledge that this famous academic passed on. His whole life Boerhaave was connected to Leiden University and many buildings in town are related to his former activities.
This walk follows in Boerhaave’s footsteps, recounting what he did and whom he met in his life time.
The starting point of the tour can be arranged with the coördinator.

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The Pilgrim Fathers Walk

Gilde Leiden City Tour Stadswandeling HofjeswandelingIn 2020 it is 400 years ago that the first group of Pilgrim Fathers, as they are now called, left Leyden: a  good reason to choose this tour!
Originally they were a group of English Separatists , who were persecuted by King James I. They fled from England to the Republic of the Netherlands and came via Amsterdam to the calmer city of Leiden in 1609.  Now they are considered the founders of the United States.
The starting point of the tour can be arranged with the coördinator. The guide will tell you about their lives in Leiden and will walk with you through seventeenth century Leiden past some of the places they frequented.

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Jugendstil Walk

Gilde Leiden City ToursAround 1890 an art style evolved in a number of European towns which was foremost a reaction to the neo-styles of the 19th century.
Inspired by the arts and crafts movement in Britain this new art form influenced different artists in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands to form the Jugendstil movement while its reverberations in France and Belgium lead to the more fluid Art Nouveau style there. Its experimental and typical architecture introduced the available new materials and techniques such as the iron skeleton construction using large glass surfaces for shop windows for the first time.
This Jugendstil tour offers you a varied impression of the remnants of that ‘new art’ form in our town of Leiden.

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Japan City Walk

Gilde Leiden City Tour Stadswandeling HofjeswandelingIn 1609 the Dutch received official permission to establish a trading post in Japan. At first in Hirado and later in Decima, an artificial island in the Nagasaki bay. From 1640 till 1853 the Dutch were the only foreigners allowed to have trade relations with Japan. Several places in Leiden remind us of this special relationship with Japan.
This city walk (approximately 2 hours) is dedicated to the relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, in which Leiden always played its own special role. Moreover, attention will be paid to 3 Japanese poems painted on Leiden walls, among which a Basho haiku.

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Academy Walk

Gilde Leiden City Tour stadswandelingThis tour reflects the intimate relationship that Leiden has always had with its University. The guide sets out at the Synagogue at the Garenmarkt and takes you to the Kamerlingh Onnes Laboratory where in the world of Physics and Chemistry history was written. This building is situated where the Gunpowder ship exploded in 1807. The walk continues past the Academy building and the Botanical gardens and you will also visit some almshouses.

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