The University town of the Netherlands
Leiden is a unique city in the Netherlands, known for its many students. It has a beautiful historical centre with numerous small canals and over 3000 historical buildings. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands, founded in 1575. Throughout the years, Leiden has known many great scholars and scientists, such as Boerhaave (the founder of clinical teaching) and Nobel Prize winners Einthoven (inventor of the electrocardiogram) and Van der Waals (for his work on intermolecular forces). As part of the LIMSC Social Program, you can experience the rich history of Leiden and you will get familiar with the most beautiful parts of Leiden and the city’s most famous museums.
You will see interesting buildings like the town hall (Stadhuis), the Gemeenlandshuis van Rynland , the weigh house (Waag), the former court-house (Gerecht) and a corn-grinding windmill (Molen de Valk). (Stadstimmerwerf). Another building of interest is the "pesthuis", which was built at that time just outside the city for curing patients suffering the bubonic plague. The building now serves as the entrance of Naturalis, one of the largest natural history museums in the world. A visit to this museum will also be part of the Social Program.