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Leiden is both a city and a municipality located in the Dutch province of South Holland. It is a densely populated are that connects with suburbs Oegstgeest, Leiderdorp and Voorschoten. The larger area has about 332,000 residents making it the sixth largest city in the Netherlands. Leiden is also called a university city since 1575 since it is home to Leiden University and the Leiden University Medical Centre which is related to Oxford University England’s oldest university.
Leiden began as an area formed from an artificial hill. It has become a capital for weaving broadcloth and then was an important city in the Eighty Year’s War. Now Leiden is an important shopping and trade center in and around the city. It is proudly the home of the Eurotransplant, an international organization dedicated to organ donation procedures in countries like Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Luxemburg, Germany, Slovenia and the Netherlands.
Leiden is a great place to live and to start a career. First it is economically secure with large industries calling the city their home. It is where the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V.; this is a pan-European aerospace and defence corporation and military contractor for international countries. This is also where Airbus is headquartered; Airbus is a manufacturer of commercial aircraft all over the world.
The city is a great place to raise a family with all the amenities that children and families need. First it is where the University of Leiden is located which has many notable features like the Academy Building, the national institution for East Indian languages, the botanical gardens, an observatory, a museum of antiquities, an ethnographical museum and the Bibliotheca Thysiana. The Leiden University Library houses historical collections like the Society of Dutch Literature and so many more.
Green areas and recreational facilities dot Leiden. You can find the Hortus Botanicus on the west side of the city and the Leidse Hout Park which houses a deer park. There are a number of churches that are located in Leiden. The Hooglandse Kerk and the Pieterskerk are the most popular. Other historical buildings that are still intact are the Stadhuis (town hall), the Gemeenlandshuis van Rijnland, De Wang (weigh house in Dutch) the Molen de Valk a former corn-grinding windmill turned into a museum.
Public transport is accessible from almost all areas of the city with bus lines, railway stations and bike paths. Living in Leiden is like living in a place where time seemed to stop. In areas where there are historical buildings and structures you can easily imagine how beautiful the city looked like before and how miraculously some of these buildings are still intact till today. Going around the city you will find generous amounts of inspiration with a wall poem project featuring buildings decorated with large murals of poetry. Leiden also has the second largest town center in the Netherlands.
Leiden has a wide selection of apartment units for long term stay. You can find apartments in different sizes, shapes, rates and styles. From simple single room or studio type apartments or a large unit with a lot of rooms, you can certainly find the best one that will suit you and your family’s needs. Living in Leiden is being close to everything you need. Most apartments are located in busy business districts, near the university and near commercial establishments and market places so you don’t need to look far when you need something. A bus route and train stations connect the city so transport is not a problem at all.
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