If you go: Leiden

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Globe Correspondent / November 20, 2005

How to get there

Leiden Centraal train station is about a 20-minute train trip from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, or about 30 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal station. From the Leiden station, it's a five-minute walk up Stationsweg (Station Way) to the tourism office, known as the VVV (pronounced vey-vey-vey).

Leiden VVV

Stationsweg 2D

Daily except September-March, when it's closed on Sunday.


Pick up free maps and walking tours. .

What to do

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

Beschuitsteeg 9


Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Fascinating Pilgrim exhibit and artifacts in a 14th-century building

The Pilgrim Archives

Vliet 43


This room in the city archives building is open Tuesday-Saturday noon-4 p.m. for genealogy research.

Pieterskerk (Peter's Church)

Pieterskerkhof 1a


Daily 1:30-4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day nondenominational service starts at 11 a.m. Several Pilgrims are buried at this 14th-century Gothic church, also notable for its two historic organs.

Where to stay

Golden Tulip Leiden Centre

Schipholweg 3


Four-star hotel near the railway station and city center. Doubles from $125.

Hotel Mayflower

Beestenmarkt 3


On a main plaza across from the Rembrandt visitors center, which is scheduled to open Dec. 15. Doubles from $100.

Where to eat

Restaurant Mejuffrouw Janssen

Gangetje 6


Intimate restaurant in town center specializes in outstanding Dutch-French cooking. Three-course menus are a bargain at $20.

Annie's Verjaardag

Hoogstraat 1


The patio of this restaurant at the convergence of the Old Rhine and New Rhine is always busy on warm days. Nibble on cafe food or try the fixed-price, three-course menu for $23.

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