Venue & Info

About the Kamerlingh Onnes Building

The Kamerling Onnes building contains a lot of history. It’s named after the Dutch physicist and Nobelprizewinner Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, who once had his laboratory here.

The lab was built in 1856 on a location that was known at the time as the Little Ruin, after a gunpowder ship had exploded in the area in 1807. Through the years the lab has been expanded.

Early twentieth century Kamerling Onnes succeeded in making helium liquid, cooling it down very close to absolute zero ( -273,15°C). It got him the Nobelprize and his lab the nickname ‘Coldest place on earth’.

Another fun fact: Albert Einstein gave lectures here as well.

Nowadays the building houses the Faculty of Law of the University of Leiden.



What You’ll Experience?

The city of Leiden is situated in the middle of the city conglomeration called the Randstad.

Leiden has many interesting places to visit and is close to other well-known cities like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht, but also smaller cities like Delft and Gouda.

Leiden West Gate ‘Morspoort’

Leiden West Gate 'Morspoort' (source: Wikipedia)

Rotterdam Markthal

Rotterdam 'Markthal' or market (source: Wikipedia)

Amsterdam Canals

Amsterdam Canals, 'Keizersgracht - Reguliersgracht' (source: Wikipedia)

Den Haag ‘Peace palace & International court of Justice’

Den Haag 'Peace palace & International court of Justice' (source: Wikipedia)