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The Hague area water, windmill and local food

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The Hague palace, sea and food bike tours

Out-of-the-ordinary cycle tours that take you through The Hague and beyond.  Explore The Hague area by bike in a 2.5 hour,  half day or full day guided bike tour. Focus is on the countryside, the North sea coastline and other nature areas

The Hague sea & city centre by bike: A half day cycle tour in which you get to know the highlights of Hague and cycle along the coastline.

Bike tour Hague windmill and palace A full day cycle tour through The Hague countryside, along the beach and through the dunes. With stop at castle and windmill. 

 

Challenge The Hague

Two creative and interactive The Hague challenges with a local theme.  Get to know your team members, interact with locals and be creative with history and local sights.

The Hague Peace Challenge: find out all there is to know  about the city of Peace & Justice. Best booked around International Peace Day, 21 September. Other dates possible on request

 The Hague fishers village challenge: Dive into the world of the Scheveningen fishermen and -woman and celebrate local traditions of the North sea, local heritage. Best booked on the 3rd Saturday of June or 3rd Saturday of August. Other dates possible on request. 

Minimum 10 participants.

 

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Beyond The Hague: greenhouses and cheese farms

The Hague borders the Westland greenhouse area. The historical city is also  a great base to discover the historical cities of Delft and Leiden. Here are some options for group tours & team activities in the Hague area water, windmill and local food.

Bike tour Delft & surroundings: Vermeer got married in Delft countryside. Follow the canal through cosy villages and you’ll discover a world between cheese farms and greenhouses. On request we can start this bike tour in The Hague

Impression of Delft Vermeer Challenge: In this city team building game you dive right into the Golden Age. You see, eat and experience Delft the way Vermeer did.  Minimum 10 participants.

Cycle Tour Greenhouse Holland : Gaze at the many glassed greenhouses in this half day bike tour. Add a visit to a greenhouse or a cooking workshop for a full horticultural experience

 

Church and Mill The Hague

 

Welcome to the city where every day is King’s Day. Dive into the many local festivals at the City by the Sea, sample great local delicacies of The Hague, the nearby greenhouses and cheese farms and gaze at royal palaces and typical Dutch icons. Go celebrate The Hague area water, windmills and local food.

Green City by the Sea

The Hague is dubbed as green City by the Sea. There is a direct cycling route from the historical city centre to beach resort Scheveningen. The bike ride to the North Sea takes about 20 minutes. The Hague has a dazzling 11 kilometres of beach. At The Hague beach you can join different water sport workshops: from sailing lessons with your team to family surf classes.

Greenhouses near The Hague

From Scheveningen follow the coastline south and you’ll get into the Westland. This area is also called the Glass City: the centre of greenhouse horticulture.  It has over 2.000 hectares of glassed houses and the biggest expertise in horticulture in the Netherlands. For centuries locals grow fruit and vegetables here. The greenhouse area becomes one big open air market in spring and summer. Growers place stalls full of fresh fruit and vegetables outside their greenhouses. In winter and autumn the flower auction and the many flower farms offer a warm place for new discoveries. 

Royal estates The Hague region

Follow the shore in the other direction – north- and you’ll spot the residence of the Dutch King and his family. Thanks to the strong link with the royal family you can find many palaces, castles and estates in this part of The Hague area. Many of the castles date from the Golden Age, are in the middle of the countryside and connected by parks, forest and dunes. Cycling paths run through these nature areas, making it an relaxing way to get used to cycling in the Netherlands and explore The Hague area by bike.

The beating heart of the City of Peace and Justice

In the 13th century a count fell in love with The Hague area and its surrounding forest. He built a beautiful castle which now is the Knight’s Hall and part of the Houses of Parliament. It’s the main scene for the opening of the Budget Year: Prince’s Day.

The political heart of the Netherlands has expanded. Ministeries and embassies are all around. Follow the embassies and they will lead to the Peace Palace: symbol of The Hague as the international City of Peace and Justice.

The Hague windmills

When the count arrived in The Hague area in the Middle Ages it was all woods, sand and marshland. Like in many other parts in the Netherlands, The Hague locals used windmills to drain the water from the land. Land that would become the Dutch polder. In the Golden Age there were 10 windmills in The Hague. Not all of them used as polder windmill. Some were used for the industry, like the industrial mills you see in Zaanse Schans. Many of the saw mills, flour mills and polder mills have been destroyed, only few survived. A visit to one of the surviving windmills is like a journey back in time. A fabulous experience!

The Golden Age in The Hague region

The historical city and surroundings have something to offer in every season! The Hague makes a great base for daytrips to Delft, Leiden and Amsterdam. The Dutch city centres are compact and full of monuments and museums. In 2019 it’s the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death. Many cities organise activities around the Dutch painter and the Golden Age. Mauritshuis in The Hague has a beautiful exposition of Rembrandt and you should definitely visit Leiden, the city where he was born and Amsterdam, city where he worked.

Work and life of his contemporaries can also be experienced. Like in the 17th century, take the boat to get from The Hague to Vermeer’s city for a real View on Delft. Join a Delft blue painting workshop in an authentic Delftware factory and find out what happened to Carel Fabritius, painter of the Goldfinch.

 

Taste The Hague food

Stroopwafels and bitterballen are typical Dutch food. Typical Hague food is herring. Every year in June the beach town Scheveningen, district of The Hague, celebrates the first catch of the new herring. A local festival full of Hague/ Dutch tradition and fantastic food. Herring is not the only typical local Hague food. There is a great choice for sweet tooth as well as those in for a savory bite. Made with local love and/ or local products. Wander through the cosy streets of The Hague and you’ll find these delicacies for sure. Looking for fresh farmers cheese? Head towards Delft or Leiden!

 

The Hague area Water, windmill and local food tours

Verita’s Visit bike group activities & team events in the Hague area are creative and interactive:

  • find fantastic local places to have a drink or a bite
  • challenge yourself during a traditional festival at City of Peace, City by the Sea 
  • meet the local miller or cheese farmer
  • Tour the  greenhouse horticulture
  • Feel like a king and stay in a castle
  • Experience the Golden Age and paint Delft blue
  • Taste regional and local delicacies

The Hague area water, windmill and local food group activities take place all year through.

Contact me for a custom- made program at veritasvisit (@) gmail .com or via the contact form and check all other options in  Delft, Leiden, Gouda or Keukenhof area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group tour Dutch cheese and apples

Red and yellow. I get a craving for blushing apples and earthy nuts when I cycle through the forest of fall colors. Program of the day: a group tour Dutch cheese and apples. Let’s taste that great combination of salty cheese and sweet/ sour apple!

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Keukenhof area flowers and sea

Tulip field bike tours

Spring, between mid-March to mid-May, the Keukenhof area north of Leiden and south of Amsterdam becomes one huge colorful carpet of tulips and other spring flowers. In the tulip field bike tours you not only cycle through these fields, you also meet a bulb grower, spot a windmill, see a few castles, feel the sea breeze, pass peaceful villages and get to know the local cafés. 

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Windmill dunes beach gladiolus Keukenhof area summer tour Verita's Visit

Beach & dahlia bike tour

Summer and early autumn, between mid-July to October, are the ideal seasons to experience the Dutch beachlife and enjoy the summer flower fields in the Keukenhof area. In the Holland beach & summer flower bike tour we cycle through the Dutch countryside in search of these gladiolus, lily or dahlia fields. There is even a moment to pick them ourselves! Enroute we stop by a unique tea garden or have a drink at beach resort Noordwijk. We might even spot a windmill on our way.

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Team challenge tulips & all

The area around Keukenhof – kitchen garden – is full of hidden gems and surprises.   If you ever asked yourself how you can create a tulip, what a bulb grower does when the tulips don’t bloom and if you can eat spring flowers,  this team challenge is for you. Minimum 10 participants. Company event, family outing or game for friends. Can be booked all year through,  best in spring. 

 

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Keukenhof area windmill water tulips

Flower fields and water

The first thing you think about when you hear Keukenhof area are tulips. Tulip and other spring flower fields. When you explore this Dutch region by bike you’ll soon discover the 18 km long coastline in the west and the huge lake area in the east. Follow the main canal south, pass by windmills and dairy farms and you’ll reach the lovely city of Leiden. Take a route north past estates, castles and countryside and you’ll end up in the historical city of Haarlem and eventually Amsterdam

Keukenhof area: more than tulips

The Keukenhof area is better known as Bollenstreek in Dutch. In the bulb flower region – bulb = bol, region = streek)  bulb growers grow tulips, hyacinths and other spring flowers. In summer or early autumn  you’ll be amazed by the summer flower fields. Dahlia, gladiolus and even lilies make your heart go b(l)oom.

The surprises of the Bulb Flower Region

Verita’s Visit bike tours and team events in the Keukenhof area are full of surprises.

  • You meet the local flower growers and the millers
  • Pick your own fruit or flowers in one of the many gardens
  • have a high tea at a castle
  • find fantastic farms to have a drink or a bite
  • celebrate a local festival in one of the villages
  • create your own tulip

The Keukenhof area flower and sea bike tours and group activities mainly take place in spring, summer and early autumn.

Looking for an activity in autumn or winter. Contact me for a custom- made program at veritasvisit (@) gmail .com or check the options in The Hague, Delft or Gouda.

 

 

Flour & Food Tour Leiden countryside

The Day I Ate Local Food in Leiden Countryside

The day I ate local food in Leiden countryside was a day I went cycling with two American girls who were delighted by everything they saw. At least, I think so, as they said ‘how delightful’ all the time. It was the open landscape, I guess, or maybe the tour at the Leiden cheese farm or meeting the miller in the typical Dutch village.

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