Information about hotels
Of course Leiden has many hotels. For this event we have made price agreements with Hilton Garden Inn hotel and the Ibis hotel. Please find the information below.
Hilton Garden Inn hotel (“next to” the Snellius Building):
Price via the University: Euro 98, breakfast included, plus Euro 2.09 tourist tax. Free internet and parking. Please book by using this link: Hilton Garden Inn Leiden
Ibis hotel (opposite the central station):
Price via the University: Euro 79, breakfast included, plus Euro 2.50 tourist tax. To book a room at this reduced rate, please use this email: H8087-RE@accor.com or call: 0031 (0)71 516 00 02.
Leiden is easily accessible by train from Schiphol airport with many direct connections (Dutch railway services; single ticket costs EUR 6; train ride takes 15 minutes; trains arrive and depart every 15 minutes).
The events are held in the Snellius Building, Niels Bohrweg 1, located in the BioScience Park just outside the city centre. From the central train station there are several bus links (bus 221, 30, 57 see bus schedules). Walking takes 20-30 minutes.
Leiden is a historic city, beginning as a settlement on the left bank of the Rine. Here the Counts of Holland had their court. Gravensteen (Count’s Stone House), Pieterskerkhof (St. Peter’s Churchyard) and Burcht (Citadel) remind us of that period. The city was probably granted a charter some time before the year 1222. Leiden, which had some importance as a market town, soon developed a textile industry. Because of the need for more space and power the city was enlarged four times in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The next 200 years were a period of stagnation, with severe floods insecurity, hunger and pestilence. The textile industry went into a decline and finally production was closed down altogether. Then there was the Spanish siege of 1573/1574 an important landmark in Leiden’s history, when the city held out against the Spanish forces in the tumultuous years of the “Dutch Revolt”.
Leiden managed to rebuild and flourish once again. Because of it’s favourable location, Leiden has been an important market for local farming and fishing products for centuries. Various products had their own place in the Saturday market: the cheese market near the Waag (Weigh house), butter was sold on the Boterbeurs (Butter Market), corn on the Korenbeursbrug ( Corn Market Bridge) salt- and freshwater fish on the Vismarkt (Fish Market) with its fountain, etc.
Today, Leiden functions as a shopping- and trade centre for farming communities in the area. The city’s present population is around 120.000. (source: leiden-info.com/history)
And do not forget to visit Amsterdam (30 minutes by train; city center (canals: boat trip), Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Anne Frank Museum) and The Hague (15 minutes by train; city center, Mauritshuis (Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring and View of Delft; and more!), Gemeentemuseum (300 Mondrians), Peace Palace, Scheveningen).
When the Spanish siege was over, Leiden was granted permission to found its university in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years’ War. The Dutch Royal Family and Leiden University still have a close relationship; Queens Juliana and Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander are all former students.
The presence within half a century of the date of its foundation of such scholars as Justus Lipsius, Joseph Scaliger, Franciscus Gomarus, Hugo Grotius, Jacobus Arminius, Daniel Heinsius and Gerhard Johann Vossius, rapidly made Leiden university into a highly regarded institution that attracted students from across Europe in the 17th century.
Leiden has maintained its standing throughout the centuries into modern times. Many influential historical figures and renowned scientists can be linked to Leiden Univeristy: Baruch Spinoza, Jacobus Gronovius, Herman Boerhaave, Tiberius Hemsterhuis and David Ruhnken, to name a few. Furthermore, four professors received the Nobel Prize for their research performed at Universiteit Leiden: Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Hendrik Antoon Lorentz and Pieter Zeeman
These Nobel prize winners, but also the physicists Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi and Paul Ehrenfest, the Arabist and Islam expert Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, the law expert Cornelis van Vollenhoven and historian Johan Huizinga, were among those who pushed the university into a place of international prominence during the 1920s and 1930s.
At present, Leiden has a firmly established international position among the top research institutes in many fields, including the natural sciences, medicine, social and behavioural sciences, law, arts and letters.
The university is divided into seven major faculties which offer approximately 50 undergraduate degree programmes and over 100 graduate programmes. In recent years the university has also expanded to The Hague which is home to Leiden University College The Hague a liberal arts and sciences college and the departments of Public Administration, International Relations and Politics. (Source: wikipedia.org/wiki/ Leiden_University)