Looking for green?

Or maybe, rather say, “looking for orange, brown, or yellow?”. Fall has come and is showing its flying colors all around. The leaves on the trees are changing color and slowly letting go of their branches as the wind blows wherever he wants to. But where to enjoy this beautiful scenery the most in the city of Leiden? Here are some options to consider in and around Leiden for your weekly nature walk:


The Hortus Botanicus

Address: Rapenburg 73

Near the Leiden University Library, this garden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It showcases not only typical Dutch flora, but one can also find tropical plants and flowers there. It is calm and beautiful, plus you can enjoy a coffee at their café as well. Did you know you can enter the garden for free with your student card?


van der Werfpark

Address: Kruitschip, opposite the Kamerlingh Onnes Building (KOG)

With a statue of van der Werff in the middle, this park is a part of the history of Leiden. Here you can relax on a bench after a busy day or enjoy a coffee at their café. Maybe you can get your weekly work-out there as well, joining one of the bootcamp classes they offer outside.


Het Plantsoen

Address: by the Zoeterwoude Singel

This park is known for their aviary and the impressive mansions at the side of the park. On the grass, you can lay down and watch the boats pass by. Call up some friends and enjoy a picnic.



Address: Polderpad

This park, just outside of Leiden, is a perfect spot to come to and watch the night sky. During the day, you can easily walk up to two hours while enjoying the polder view, forest and vegetable gardens. At the end of your stroll, you can relax at the “Tuin van de Smid”. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea amongst the little farm animals.


Leidse Hout

Address: Houtlaan

At its center is a café beside a pond and a field with some deer and geese. If you are lucky, you might spot the stork. During fall, this park is especially gorgeous with all the colors of the acorn trees. To relive your child hood, make sure to jump on one of the swings along the way.


Hope you enjoy your walks and remember: “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. So put on those boots and your raincoat, and go out to enjoy this beautiful fall!