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Sfeervol appartement met zitkamer, aparte keuken, 2 slaapkamers (1 doorloop slaapkamer naar hoofdslaapkamer), basic badkamer. Het appartement heeft zonnig balkon a/d voorzijde en een gezellige achtertuin! Centraal station en leuk park vlakbij!

The space

This lovely cosy apartment of 60 m2 on the ground floor of the building has 2 bedrooms (you have to walk through one bedroom/study to reach the main bedroom), a separate toilet and a basic bathroom and kitchen (with oven, microwave and washing machine). The apartment is perfect for 2 adults. It has a front garden (streetside) with a little ground floor-balcony and a sunny terrace/garden at the back.

There are 2 hospitals and a nice park (Leidse Hout) within 5 minutes walk. The Central Station of Leiden is also nearby (towards Amsterdam, The Haque an Rotterdam for example). The apartment is situated on a street between Leiden en Oegstgeest and there are busstops nearby to bring you to the beaches of Noordwijk and Katwijk or to the centre of Leiden with all kinds of shop's, restaurants, museums and the Saturday market.

There's is so much to see & do in Leiden and the environment!

About Leiden:

Leiden is a city and municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland. The municipality of Leiden has a population of about 120,000, but the city forms one densely connected urban area with its suburbs Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp, Voorschoten, Valkenburg, Rijnsburg and Katwijk, which have about 254,000 inhabitants combined. The larger Leiden agglomeration counts 332,000 inhabitants which makes it the sixth major agglomeration in the Netherlands. Leiden is located on the Old Rhine, at a distance of some 20 kilometers from The Hague to its south and some 40 kilometers from Amsterdam to its north. The recreational area of the Kaag Lakes (Kagerplassen) lies just to the northeast of Leiden.

Leiden is a university city since 1575, Leiden houses Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Centre. It is twinned with Oxford, the location of England's oldest university.

(a little)History of Leiden
Leiden formed on an artificial hill (today called the Burcht van Leiden) at the confluence of the rivers Oude and Nieuwe Rijn (Old and New Rhine). In the oldest reference to this, from circa 860, the settlement was called Leithon and received city rights in 1266.

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Leiden flourished in the 16th and 17th century. At the close of the 15th century the weaving establishments (mainly broadcloth) of Leiden were very important, and after the expulsion of the Spaniards Leiden cloth, Leiden baize and Leiden camlet were familiar terms. In the same period, Leiden developed an important printing and publishing industry. The influential printer Christoffel Plantijn lived there at one time. One of his pupils was Lodewijk Elzevir ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)), who established the largest bookshop and printing works in Leiden, a business continued by his descendants through 1712 and the name subsequently adopted (in a variant spelling) by contemporary publisher Elsevier.

In 1572, the city sided with the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule and played an important role in the Eighty Years' War. Besieged from May until October 1574 by the Spanish, Leiden was relieved by the cutting of the dikes, thus enabling ships to carry provisions to the inhabitants of the flooded town. As a reward for the heroic defence of the previous year, the University of Leiden was founded by William I of Orange in 1575. Yearly on 3 October, the end of the siege is still celebrated in Leiden.

Leiden today

The city's biggest and most popular annual festival is celebrated at the 3rd of October and is called simply "3 Oktober". The people of Leiden celebrate the end of the Spanish siege of 1574. It typically takes place over the course of two to three days (usually two but three if there's a Sunday involved) and includes parades, a hutspot feast, historical reenactments, a funfair and other events.
Leiden has important functions as a shopping and trade center for communities around the city. The University of Leiden is famous for its many developments including Snells law (by Willebrord Snellius), the famous Leyden jar, a capacitor made from a glass jar, invented in Leiden by Pieter van Musschenbroek in 1746. Another development was in cryogenics: Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1913 Nobel prize winner in physics) liquefied helium for the first time (1908) and later managed to reach a temperature of less than one degree above the absolute minimum. Albert Einstein also spent some time at Leiden University during his early to middle career.

The city also houses Eurotransplant*, the headquarters of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. (EADS)**.


Rivers, canals and parks

The two branches of the Old Rhine, which enter Leiden on the east, unite in the centre of the town.
The town is further intersected by numerous small canals with tree-bordered quays. On the west side of the town, the Hortus Botanicus and other gardens extend along the old Singel, or outer canal.
The Leidse Hout park, which contains a small deer park, lies on the northwest border with Oegstgeest.
The Van der Werf Park is named after the mayor Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff, who defended the town against the Spaniards in 1574. The town was beleaguered for months and many died from famine. The open space for the park was formed by the accidental explosion of a ship loaded with gunpowder in 1807, which destroyed hundreds of houses, including that of the Elsevier family of printers.

Buildings of interest
Much of the 16th- and 17th-century town centre is still intact. It is reportedly the second largest 17th-century town centre in the Netherlands, the largest being Amsterdam's town centre.
Hundred buildings in the centre are decorated with large murals of poetry, part of a wall poem project active from (phone number hidden).

Churches, university & other buildings

Churches
The chief of Leiden's numerous churches are the Hooglandse Kerk (or the church of St Pancras, built in the 15th century and containing a monument to Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff) and the Pieterskerk (church of St Peter (1315) with monuments to Scaliger, Boerhaave and other famous scholars.

From a historical perspective the Marekerk is interesting too. Arent van 's Gravesande designed that church in 1639. Other fine examples of his work in Leiden are in the Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal (the municipal museum of fine arts), and the Bibliotheca Thysiana.

The growing town needed another church and the Marekerk was the first church to be built in Leiden (and in Holland) after the Reformation. It is an example of Dutch Classicism. In the drawings by Van 's Gravesande the pulpit is the centrepiece of the church. The pulpit is modelled after the one in the Nieuwe Kerk at Haarlem (designed by Jacob van Campen). The building was first used in 1650, and is still in use.

The 'Waalse Kerk' (Breestraat 63) was originally part of the Katharina Hospital. In 1584 it became the church of Protestant refugees from the Southern Netherlands (Brugge) and France.


University buildings

The town centre contains many buildings that are in use by the University of Leiden. The Academy Building is housed in a former 16th-century convent. Among the institutions connected with the university are the national institution for East Indian languages, ethnology and geography; the botanical gardens, founded in 1587; the observatory (1860); the museum of antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden); and the ethnographical museum, of which P. F. von Siebold's Japanese collections was the nucleus (Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde). The Bibliotheca Thysiana occupies an old Renaissance building of the year 1655. It is especially rich in legal works and vernacular chronicles. Noteworthy are also the many special collections at Leiden University Library among which those of the Society of Dutch Literature (1766) and the collection of casts and engravings. In recent years the university has built the Bio Science Park at the city's outskirts to accommodate the Science departments.[citation needed]

Other buildings

Some other interesting buildings are the town hall (Stadhuis), a 16th-century building that was badly damaged by a fire in 1929 but has its Renaissance façade designed by Lieven de Key still standing; the Gemeenlandshuis van Rijnland (1596, restored in 1878); De Waag (weigh house in Dutch), built by Pieter Post; the former court-house (Gerecht); a corn-grinding windmill, now home to a museum (Molen de Valk) (1743); the old gymnasium (Latijnse School) (1599) and the city carpenter's yard and wharf (Stadstimmerwerf) (1612), both built by Lieven de Key (c. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)).

Another building of interest is the "pesthuis", which was built at that time just outside the city for curing patients suffering the bubonic plague. However, after it was built the feared disease did not occur in the Netherlands anymore so it was never used for its original purpose, it now serves as the entrance of Naturalis, one of the largest natural history museums in the world.

Notable inhabitants

The following is a selection of important Leidenaren throughout history:
•Rembrandt van Rijn, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•Ludolph van Ceulen, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), mathematician, computed Pi.
•Marinus van der Lubbe, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), accused of setting fire to the Reichstag in Berlin.
•Herman Boerhaave, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), humanist and physician.
•Jan Steen, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•Gegard Mousasi, 1985–, Professional MMA fighter of Armenian descent.[12]
•Rodney Glunder 1975, professional MMA fighter of Surinamese descent.
•Johann Bachstrom, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), writer, scientist and Lutheran theologian.
•Bernhard Siegfried Albinus, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), anatomist.
•Aart Vijfvinkel, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), World Famous Shoemaker, Prominent member of the 1886 Doleantie reform.
•Love Brewst(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), pilgrim.
•William Brewst(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), pilgrim.
•William Bradford, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), pilgrim, leader of the American Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
•Gerard Dou, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•Jouke de Vries, 1960, professor at Leiden university, runner-up candidate for the PVDA elections in 2002 (lost to Wouter Bos), currently resides at Leiden.
•Cornelius Engelbrechtszoon, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•Jan van Goyen, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•John of Leiden, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), leader of the Anabaptist Münster Rebellion.
•Philipp Franz Bathasar von Siebold, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physician, collector, 'Japanologist'.
•Lucas van Leyden, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), engraver and painter.
•Gabriel Metsu, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•Frans Post, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter.
•Pieter de Ring, ca (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter
•Theo van Doesburg, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), painter, architect, writer.
•Willebrord Snell, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), astronomer and mathematician.
•Johannes Diderik van der Waals, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physicist.
•Hendrik Lorentz, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physicist.
•Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physicist.
•Pieter Zeeman, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physicist.
•Willem de Sitt(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), mathematician, physicist, astronomer.
•Paul Ehrenfest, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physicist.
•Hendrik Casimir, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physicist.
•Jan Hendrik Oort, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), astronomer.
•Willem Einthoven, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), physician, physiologist.
•Pieter Adriaansz. van der Werff, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), mayor of Leiden.
•William II, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), count of Holland, later also king of Germany.
•Gottfried van Swie(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), diplomat, friendship and collaboration with several great composers.
•Nina Foch, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), actress/ acting teacher.
• Armin van Buuren, 1976, Producer/DJ, DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ 2007-2010 & 2012.

Guest access

The entire apartment is yours during your stay.

Interaction with guests

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 single bed, 1 toddler bed

Amenities
Free parking on premises
Internet
Wheelchair accessible

Prices
Cleaning Fee $59
Security Deposit $185
Weekend Price $160 / night
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No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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Sohini User Profile
September 2017
Emma's ground floor apartment has all the homely necessities to set base in Leiden. A 10min walk to the station, very convenient too. Emma was a fantastic host looking after all our needs. Do note that thanks to its main road location it does get quite noisy especially on weekends and evenings.

Alex User Profile
May 2017
We have spent 4 days in Emma's apartment in May. the location is excellent- 10 min walking from the Central station, neighborhood is quite and beautiful. She met us and kindly provided everything for breakfast for a few days- including coffee, bread, butter, tea, cheese and bottle of vine with fresh cut tulips. Night noise from passing traffic is minimal, only birds early in the morning. Small garden is beautiful, though needs some maintenance. Wi-fi and thermostat worked good, kitchen is smaller than we expected, but everything was provided and we cooked every day. We have used her bike and it was much more comfortable than rent bikes. Both beds were really comfortable, no complain for the the showers. We would recommend those apartment for two people, because, as it was mentioned in the description, you need to walk through the small bedroom to reach the main bedroom. It was the only one concern, because you can not take a shower until kids are sleeping, if you do not want them to wake up (the shower door entrance in in half meter from the small bed). Overall, it was good experience and we enjoyed having this typical Holland apartments, it was a good value for a few days.

Gerry User Profile
April 2017
Emma's place is very convenient to the station which we used a fair amount to visit other cities. The apartment is comfortable and well equipped. We were made to feel very welcome.

Vladislav User Profile
November 2016
Мы у Эммы прожили 1,5 месяца. Очень красиво. Чисто и уютно как дома. Все комнаты имеют двери на улицу, при желании можно проветривать. На кухне все необходимое: газовая плита, микроволновка, духовой шкаф, кофейный аппарат, соковыжималка, стиральная машина, сушилка для крупных вещей в подсобке. Отлично работают отопление и Wi-Fi. Расположение очень удачное (10 минут до центра Лейдена пешком, 5 минут до LUMC и Центрального вокзала). По просьбе Эмма закупила некоторую бакалею, денег за это не взяла. Кофе и чая хватило на все пребывание. Эмма составила заметки по самым интересным местам города Лейдена и окрестностям. Узнав, что мы приезжаем с 5-летней дочерью, Эмма приготовила игрушки и детские книжки. Впечатления самые прекрасные. Если хочется пожить со своей семьей в голландской квартире. Походить по местным магазинчикам. Самому выбирать поездки по городам Голландии. Самостоятельно покупать продукты и готовить блюда из местных деликатесов. Если хочется окунуться в жизнь голландского городка – квартира Эммы отличный вариант.

Camilo User Profile
October 2016
I stayed at Emma's place for 4 weeks. excellent location with only a 10 minute walk to the central station and 20 minutes to the city Centre. The apartment was clean and spacious considering European "size". Emma was extremely thoughtful by leaving some groceries upon my arrival.

Matthias User Profile
June 2016
We had areally great time at Emma's place! She was super-helpful and responded very quick to my messages. The apartment was big, beautiful, clean and well equipped. Emma even provided us with coffee, beer and breakfast. I can recommend to stay at her place!

Gillian User Profile
May 2016
Enjoyed my stay in Leiden. The flat was well located, within easy walking distance of the station. It was well equipped and the heating and wifi worked well. Emma was a welcoming host and her initial food provisions were a nice touch. Having the use of a bicycle was also great-it allowed me to travel to work on the outskirts of town within 10 minutes.

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Emma User Profile

Al ruim 40 jaar woon ik in Leiden. Ik hou van reizen en ik heb altijd les gegeven. Verder bezoek ik graag theater en musea.
Ik vind het belangrijk om mijn airbnb gasten goed te ontvangen. In het appartement, dat in april helemaal is opgeknapt, heb ik informatie liggen over Leiden en haar omgeving maar ook met tips om dingen te ondernemen. Maar als de gasten juist willen bijkomen van de drukte is er om de hoek een groot park om te wandelen, te sporten of te lunchen op een leuk terras. Maar uitwaaien op t strand van bijvoorbeeld Noordwijk of Katwijk is natuurlijk ook een optie!

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