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Leidse Hofjes is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Loop






city walk

historic site

pub walk

This walk takes you past many sights in Leiden and past a few museums, some of which are freely accessible, but the main part is the many beautiful courtyards that Leiden has. Do you like shopping? Close to Pieterskerk and Beestenmarkt, in addition to Breestraat, Haarlemmerstraat and Doezastraat you can indulge yourself. The route passes or crosses these places. All courtyards where the walk passes are freely accessible. A panel with information can always be found inside or outside the gate. The courtyards date from the 15th to the 17th century. Not every courtyard was intended for poor widows. For example, needy couples lived in Sionshof. You can find wall poems throughout Leiden. In order not to miss any of the wall poems, it is necessary to look carefully around you during the entire route. The poems have different scriptures. They refer to different cultures. The aim of the initiators is to stimulate passers-by on the wall by text and the image thereof. There are more than 100 of these wall poems. One of the most important sights is the castle. This was used in the ninth century as a motte, a raised hill of defense. The wall was built in the 12th century. You have to climb the hill and walk around within the wall, because the view is beautiful. There is a lot of information on panels. In the former Holy Spirit Orphanage, the permanent exhibition in the Archaeological Center can be visited free of charge. This gives a picture of the development of Leiden. Part of it is specially designed for children. Closed on Mon, Tue and public holidays. Museum het Leids Wevershuis is located on Middelstegracht. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Typically, weaving and / or spinning takes place on the antique loom. Entrance is free. At the cemetery at the end of the Groenesteeg is in box K (grave 754) the modest grave of Vincent van Gogh's mother. The Vliet Bridge, which the walk goes over, is the oldest bridge in Leiden. Vliet is of historical significance. When the Spaniards besieged Leiden for the second time in 1574, they fled after the collapse of part of the city wall from 2 to 3 October. Their prepared meal of carrots, onions, meat and parsnips was still on the ramp: stew. A day later, the Watergeuzen brought herring and white bread to the famished population via the Vliet. The horror is a fact. Since then, a thank-you service has been taking place in the Pieterskerk every year on 3 October, and people eat stew, white bread, and herring on that day. As a thank you for the perseverance of the population, Prince Willem van Oranje Leiden gave a university. That is the oldest in the country. The connected Hortus, where the route passes, is also the oldest hortus in the country. And this also applies to the Observatory. Almost at the end of the route you will pass the place where Rembrandt was born. Here he started drawing and painting. For example De Put mill that you also see here. This owes its name to the builder Jan Janszoon Put, a contemporary of Rembrandt. Rembrandt's parents also had a mill here. De Put is a replica of the original mill from 1619. Along the way, signs with the mention Pilgrim stand out. These refer to Protestants from England who wanted to escape the influence of the Anglican church. Between 1609 and 1620 they lived in Leiden. Many of them then left for the 'New World'. To commemorate their hardships and rescue, America celebrates Thanksgiving every year. The roots of no less than 9 presidents go back to the Pilgrims. Do you want to know more about this or about another subject? Opposite the station, on the corner of Stationsweg, is the VVV.

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