The city of Leiden, based in South Holland, is famed for being Rembrandt's birthplace, as well as being home to the Netherlands' oldest university. Leiden has been a University City since 1575, and has since been twinned with Oxford in the UK.
Car hire in Leiden allows you to explore the centre which is home to several University buildings, including the 1860's Leiden Observatory. A lot of the buildings are still intact from the 16th and 17th century, so make time to take in the architecture. Hiring a car in Leiden also allows you to head out to the coast in the warmer months, using Leiden as your beach break base.
Leiden is the perfect base from which to explore The Netherlands; it sits right in between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, so you can choose from the bigger cities and hire a car in Leiden to explore at your own pace.
The city itself, being Rembrandt's, is home to some fine art - the Museum de Lakenhal displays works of the Fijnschilders, literally 'fine painters' from the Dutch Golden Age, which is well worth making time for. Then, rent a car in Leiden and navigate the city itself, taking in the small canals and also the Old Rhine river, which meet in the centre of town.
While in Leiden, don't overlook the big cities nearby. Amsterdam is just 40 minutes north, on the A4 - despite being infamous for The Red Light District and stag parties, this beautiful city has so much more to offer. Avoid the tourist traps, and instead stumble upon unique cafes and individual stores in the winding streets of the city centre.
There is also Rotterdam, to the south. Take the A13 and A4 for just over half an hour; there is some great architecture on display. This includes the Cube Houses, by the architect Piet Blom; there is also now a 'Show Cube', so visitors can explore the interior as well as taking in the whole structure, based just by the Blaak Subway Station.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1700, Sa 0900-1100, Su closed
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.