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Leiden Guide

If you are looking to spend some time in a historic city in the Netherlands, you may want to start your travels in Leiden, a town that was important in the development of science and of the country of the Netherlands itself.

You will probably want to start you journey in Leiden Downtown, where you can pick up a car hire in order to explore some of the historic building around the city.

One of the first journeys to make, would be from Leiden Downtown to the nearby University of Leiden, where many science breakthroughs have been made, from the famous Leyden Jar capacitor to new information in cryogenics. Even Albert Einstein spent part of his career in Leiden. Many of the buildings are interesting in their own right, including the Bibliotecha Thysiana, which is in a building built in 1655. The library contains many legal and historic documents from years past.

There are many historic churches to explore in the town as well, many which are centuries old and show the development of church architecture over the year. You can start with the Church of Saint Peter, which was built in 1315 and contains monuments honouring Leiden's many scholars, go to the Church of Saint Pancras, which was built in the 15th Century. The Marekark is another church which was designed and built in 1639; it is an interesting example of Dutch Classicism. The church is still in use today.

Leiden is also home of Johan Thorbecke, who wrote the Dutch Constitution at his home at Garenmarkt 9, not far from Leiden Downtown.

One of the many festivals that Leiden hosts is one on Oct. 3, which celebrates the end of a Spanish siege of the city in 1574. People on the town not only have a fair and a parade, but also throw a party with the traditional foods of herring, hotspot and white bread.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Euro
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    80 km/h
  • Language
    Dutch
  • Popular car category
    economy
  • Popular rental companies
    Europcar

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Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).