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What to do in the Christmas holidays: Rembrandt Route – fun for all the family

Looking for a great day out during the Christmas holidays? The University’s Rembrandt Route in Leiden is a fun and educational activity for both young and old. This special outdoor exhibition takes in seven University buildings, and there’s a treasure hunt for children [in Dutch]. Get your free English guide and the treasure hunt from the VVV tourist information centre.

Rembrandt enrolled at the University in 1620 as a student of literature, and he painted the portraits of several famous Leiden alumni such as Marten Soolmans, Jan Six and Nicolaes Tulp. To mark Leiden University’s 444th birthday, we are treating the city to a Rembrandt walking route: visit seven university buildings in the historic city centre to see larger-than-life reproductions of paintings by Rembrandt that have a connection with the University. The guide to accompany the walking route is available free of charge from the participating University buildings; during the Christmas holidays it is available exclusively from the VVV. Alternatively, read the online Rembrandt dossier.

Wetenschapsknooppunt Leiden (Leiden Science Hub) has created a treasure hunt along the route, designed especially for children. Look carefully at the paintings, and answer the questions about Rembrandt’s work. You also stand to win a prize. The Rembrandt Route is one of the top tips of Vakantiepas, the activities broker in the region of The Hague and Leiden, for a special day out during the Christmas holidays. Make sure you see the paintings while they’re still on show! The outdoor exhibition will run until 8 February 2020.

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