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Leiden is located on the Old Rhine, at a distance of some 20 (12 miles) kilometers from The Hague to its south and some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Amsterdam to its north.
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The recreational area of the Kaag Lakes (Kagerplassen) lies just to the northeast of Leiden.
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It lies about 10km (6miles) inland from the sea and the beaches of Katwijk and Noordwijk can be easily reached on bicycle.
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The Keukenhof park famous for its yearly exhibition of flowers lies 15 miles to the North.
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Trainconnections to Amsterdam and Amsterdam Schiphol airport leave every 10 minutes from Leiden Central Station.