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Old Observatory

Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden
071 527 8020

Monday - Thursday: 08:00 - 19:00 hrs
Friday: 08:00 - 17:00 hrs
Saturday and Sunday: closed

Different opening hours apply for the visitors centre

Closing dates and seasonal opening hours 2024

22 July to 11 August: summer recess

Closed, only accessible to staff
3and 4 October: Leiden's Relief Closed

24 December: Christmas Eve

Building closed after 17.00 hrs

25 December to 1 January: Christmas recess



Disabled parking spaces

At the intersection of Boisoitkade and Kaiserstraat, in front of Boisotkade 2B.
Location on the city map



There are two doors with a handle. 
Each door opens approx. 80 cm.


071 527 8020

Wheelchair-accessible toilets

After the entrance, immediately turn right. About 5 metres further behind a locked door (access only with LU card), the toilet can be found next to the lift.


The lifts are located behind the reception hall, after a locked door (access only with LU card) both on the left and on the right, about 10 metres away.

Possible obstacles

  • The route to the entrance consists of cobblestones.
  • In front of the entrance are 4 steps of about 20 cm high each.
  • There is no ramp.
  • The door does not open automatically.
  • There is no doorbell.

The number of parking spaces at Leiden University is limited. Do you have an appointment with one of our staff members? In some cases, he or she can reserve a parking space for you.

You can also make use of the paid parking options offered by Leiden and The Hague.

Paid parking


The Hague

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