Inspiration programmes

Are you looking for a programme for an interesting client event or a partner programme for your conference, or maybe you would like to surprise your visitors with a unique experience? Leiden's Academy City arrangement offers you the ideal solution. An experienced city guide will take you and your guests on a tour of Leiden’s hidden treasures - places that are not generally open to the general public. Experience for yourself why Leiden is the City of Discoveries!

Start with a champagne reception and a luxurious lunch in one of the many beautiful locations in Leiden, followed by a city walk, stopping on the way for refreshments; make a visit to one of Leiden’s many historic sights and enjoy a sumptuous four or five course dinner in the restaurant of your choice.
You can make your choice from the visits listed alongside:

The Gravensteen is one of the oldest and most interesting buildings in Leiden. For centuries it was a prison. The oldest dungeon, used in around 1200 by the Counts of Holland (who lived in the adjacent building), can still be seen at the foot of the robust square tower in the centre of the complex.

The SieboldHuis offers the best of ancient and modern Japan in a charming and historic Dutch house: prints, lacquer work and ceramics, fossils, herbaria, mounted animals, coins, clothing, old maps and hundreds of other treasures collected in Japan between 1823 and 1830 by German doctor Philipp Franz von Siebold.

Academic Historical Museum
The Academic Historical Museum dates back more than seventyfive years and is located in the Academy Building. The Academy Building, originally constructed in the early sixteenth century as the convent church of an order of Dominican nuns, has been part of Leiden University since 1581. The rich history of the university is displayed in the different historic rooms of the Academy Building, such as the Sudatorium and the Senate Room.

University Library
Leiden University has always considered it of essential importance to have a well-stocked library. Almost from the outset, librarians pursued an assertive acquisition policy, that has continued to the present day. Professors and private individuals, both in the past and the present, contribute to enriching the library with their donations.

Hortus botanicus
Leiden’s Hortus botanicus is the living plant museum and the green treasure house of Leiden University. Since 1590, plants from all corners of the world - and in particular from Asia - have been grown here for research and teaching.

Thysiana Library
The Thysiana Library, bequeathed by Leiden scholar Joannes Thysius (1622-1653), is the only library in the Netherlands from the seventeenth century that is still preserved in its original building. The collection comprises some 2,500 books and many thousands of pamphlets covering all fields of knowledge dating from the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

If you would like to conclude this special day in style, there are many excellent options for overnight accommodation. See: for a total offer.