Photo report of beautiful Leiden in the rain

Leiden is a picturesque town centrally located between Amsterdam and The Hague, and happens to look gorgeous in the rain. Given that our DutchReview office is located here, it’s no surprise we think the city is glorious.

Some cities need sun for their beauty to truly shine but not our lovely Leiden! It is stunning in all seasons wet winter, windy Autumn, cloudy spring and yes, the cold summer!

We teamed up with the talented @carjstudio, who although is a wedding and family photographer, clearly has a knack for city photography as well. Enjoy the following photos of Leiden in the rain!

The Leiden harbour

Leiden harbour
Leiden harbour. Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Leiden harbour. Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Views across Leiden harbour with the Molen De Valk in the background

Leiden in the rain
Molen de Valk, Leiden. Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

The city centre City Hall, Haarlemmerstraat and Leiden’s old trade office

City hall leiden
Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Shooting across the pretty canals

Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

Leiden city photo
Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied

We hope you enjoyed these stunning photos! Want to know more about Leiden? Then check out our local’s guide to Leiden for a lowdown on all the best places to eat, drink and shop. It has a huge amount of culture for a small town with over 14 museums including the recently renovated Museum de Lakenhal.

Have you been to Leiden? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: @carjstudio_/Supplied
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2019, and was fully updated in December 2020 for your reading pleasure.

Freya Sawbridge
Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.


  1. This September we decided to save some money by using Leiden rather than Amsterdam as our home base for a NL holiday. Leiden is convenient, delightful, and full of friendly people

  2. My mother and her family are from Leiden and have been settled there since at least the early 1800s. I did not grow up in the Netherlands unfortunately but speak the language reasonably, have a Dutch passport and have been there dozens of times. Leiden is my favourite place in the world because of my family connection. One place I really like is the Hogewoerd and the canal behind it has restored images on the walls of large bottles. My uncle is responsible for that! I wonder if anyone has seen them?


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