Rain, rain, rain. Yahooo! Welcome in the Netherlands! This lovely small and wet country knows all about rain. But don’t worry, there is not such a thing as bad weather, only bad clothing (as said before). So, be prepared, get on your bikes and quickly go to some of the inside spots you should explore when it rains. Read on and you will find some tips how to get through a rainy day in Leiden.
3 minutes’ walk from the train station on your right you will find the Volkenkunde museum. It’s a lovely museum, and when you are a student in Leiden with a student card, you can even get in for FREE! (maybe only Dutch people get very excited by seeing this word). Worth visiting, in the museum you find many exhibitions about different cultures and nations. Especially in the morning on weekdays you can just stroll around on your own and get lost in this huge museum.
Getting more into the city centre, near the Burght (I suggest you visit that when the sun is out), you find the city library. It’s a lovely place to read the newspaper while enjoying a lovely cup of cappuccino at the Star café. And a membership on the library only costs you around 40 euro’s a year, including e-books, cd’s and music sheets.
Other lovely places to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or thee on a rainy day are Roos, Bagels and Beans and Anne & Max. You find them all near the Botermarkt in the city centre.
If you are in for a movie there are options too. You can choose one of the three different movie theatres: Trianon, Lido or Kijkhuis. And if you’re fast you can still join in for the Leiden International Film Festival https://www.liff.nl/en/