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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.

 

Rain doesnt stop us tour Delft area group sport club

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hague Highlights Holiday Edition

Take this ‘intelligent readers guide’ and explore the city. Do it virtually, just sitting at home in your comfortable chair or plan your route, get out and let The Hague tell its story. This is basically what The Hague Highlights tells you to do. It’s a down to earth guide, with short summaries on  the historical background and fun facts of 100 places you must-see according to the authors. Authors Ineke Mahieu and Ad van Gaalen based their selection on: the connection of the places with the sea and the connection with the international character of the city. Read more

Early autumn on The Hague road to Scheveningen

The other day, it was still August, I was on my way to my favourite summer bike path: the Scheveningseweg. When I got there I was  amazed that the trees already showed some signs of autumn. The colours made me smile, but I wondered if it was an early autumn on The Hague road to Scheveningen. Today, the 1st of September, on the official day of metereological fall, I found some answers.

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How to get to the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen 2018

Great that you’re coming to the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen. To get to Scheveningen is quite easy, but I would recommend you to prepare your trip as this popular festival expects tens of thousands of visitors. Here are some tips on how to get to the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen.

Best way to get to the Firework festival Scheveningen is by bike
Best way to get to the Firework festival Scheveningen is by bike

Cycling to the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen

Of course, as a bike fan I would suggest to come by bike. Your journey to the Scheveningen beach won’t be any longer than usual, you don’t depend on bus or tram schedules and you can easily leave the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen. Finding a parking spot for your bike can be difficult though, so even when you come by bike, come a bit earlier. If you’re looking for a bike parking check biesieklette.   If you’re not from The Hague you can also rent a bike at Biesieklette. These are the rental locations:

  • Grote Markt (Laan 9)
  • Driehoekjes (Grote Halstraat 9)
  • Spuiplein (onder het stadhuis)
  • Anna van Buerenstraat (achter het Centraal Station)
  • Zeeman Grote Markstraat
  • Rabbijn Maarsenplein
  • Du Nord Keizerstraatpark & bike in Fireworks Festival Scheveningen

 

 

Park & Bike

Coming by car is a real hassle and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. If you do want to come by car, check https://bksparking.nl/ for available parking spot in the area of the International Fireworks Festival.  If you really want to take the car to Scheveningen beach I suggest to use this website . This is a special Park & Ride system as you book a parking spot in advance ánd can add public transport,  taxi service or a rental bike . Do make sure that you reserve a bike at least one  day in advance as this is quite a popular service.

Want to use public transport to get to the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen?
Want to use public transport to get to the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen?

Fireworks Festival Scheveningen: just a tramride away

The last option to get to the Fireworks Festival Scheveningen is to come by tram. At the servicedesks in The Hague Centraal Station and Hollands Spoor they sell €4.00 event tickets which is valid for both ways. You can take tram 1 and 11 from and to railway station The Hague Hollands Spoor or tram 9 from The Hague Centraal railway station. Bus 21, 22 and 23 have several stops in The Hague city centre.  Check for more information ( in Dutch) HTM or 9292.nl

General information on how to get to beach resort Scheveningen can be found on this website.  The  fireworks festival Scheveningen takes place on 10,11, 17 & 18 August 2018. More information on the festival itself can be found here

fireworks vuurwerk festival scheveningen

The Hague Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in a Day Tour

The kids were exhausted. On the way back to their hotel in The Hague they just fell asleep. It didn’t seem to matter that they were doing something unusual. The The Hague horse drawn carriage ride, the cherry on the cake of the whole tour, passed unnoticed. Did we do too much on this one day tour The Hague area?

The Jewish American family during the dune walk
The Jewish American family during the dune walk

In retrospective I think it may have been too much, the schedule packed with activities in the The Hague dunes, the Scheveningen beach and harbour.  But, I really can’t help it:  I’m a big fan of alternative tours and showing cities and their surroundings from a different perspective.  I do know that things don’t always go the way you planned. Well, that’s for sure!  I had planned a tramride to Delft and a short Delft city tour. Then I found out the tram didn’t go all the way to Delft and it was raining cats and dogs.  One of the participants texted me with the question if they could visit the Escher museum. Slightly relieved, I proposed they visited the museum instead of going to Delft, which wouldn’t be that much fun anyway if my favourite tram wasn’t running.

At noon I met the participants, a Jewish American family who instead of doing a traditional celebration for the bar mitswa of their daughter/ niece went on a Europe trip.  After having visited three European countries, they were now visiting the Netherlands for 5 days.

View point lake The Hague dunes day tour Netherlands

Fortunately the tram to the Scheveningen beach ran on a normal schedule. I brought the family to  beach restaurant De Waterreus, where they had a fantastic sea food lunch and service was perfect.

When the sky cleared we rented bikes and made our way to the Dunea information centre , which is located in the midst of the The Hague dunes. The park ranger stood in front of the centre waiting for us. The walk we made with him through the dunes was amazing. From a land full of potatoes he took us to a foresty area and whispered that we might be able to see the wild horses that were grazing in this valley full of maythorns ( hence the name Meijendel). The eyes of the youngest participant lit up. When she spotted them she was extatic. The funny thing was that the horses followed her as if they were on a magic spell.

Wild horses Meijendel dunes Hague area-veritasvisit

 

While she was still enjoying the attention of the wild horses, we climbed up the hill to get the most spectacular view overlooking a big lake with in the background the skyline of beach resort Scheveningen.

Amazing view on The Hague skyline from Meijendel dunes
Amazing view on the skyline of beach resort Scheveningen from Meijendel dunes
The park ranger explaining where Hague's drinking water comes from
The park ranger explaining where Hague’s drinking water comes from

It was at this point the park ranger explained how the dune water was extracted and used for distribution of drinking water to thousands of households in The Hague region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enchanted by the dune walk we returned to our bikes and cycled to the horse and wagon. The Hague horse drawn carriage ride back was, like I said, a quiet one. Only the youngest participant still chatted excitingly about the wild horses. The route was beautiful though and we had a lot of spectators. Everyone stopped to see the horse drawn carriage wagon pass by.

The day tour The Hague area was quite an adventure. And to be honest, if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing.

The Hague horse drawn carriage ride is the end of our day tour The Hague area
The Hague horse drawn carriage ride is the end of our day tour The Hague area