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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.

011-31-71-516-1211

www.vvvleiden.nl

Pick up free maps and walking tours. .

What to do

Leiden American Pilgrim Museum

Beschuitsteeg 9

011-31-71-512-2413

www.pilgrimhall.org/LeidenMuseum.htm

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

The Pilgrim Archives

Vliet 43

011-31-71-512-0191

www.pilgrimarchives.nl

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

Pieterskerk (Peter's Church)

Pieterskerkhof 1a

011-31-71-512-4319

www.pieterskerk.nl

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

011-31-71-408-3500

www.goldentulip.com/goldentulipleiden

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

Hotel Mayflower

Beestenmarkt 3

011-31-71-514-2641

www.hotelmayflower.nl

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

011-31-71-513-9023

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

Annie's Verjaardag

Hoogstraat 1

011-31-71-512-5737

www.anniesverjaardag.nl

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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