Small picturesque towns in the Netherlands, where locals are not used to tourists. Places where you sit on a terrace overlooking a cosy market square and take in typical Dutch daily scenes or see small sailing boats pass by. In these 3 beautiful villages Holland you still experience the authentic Dutch way of life.
The view is spectacular. From the rooftop on the 6th floor you can see all of The Hague. When you squint your eyes you can even see the Westland. The area where they grow and have been growing fruit & vegetables in greenhouses on the ground for centuries. The year is 2017 and we’re standing in a rooftop greenhouse full of vegetables, fruit and…fish?!
Summer in Holland is fantastic. Long, colourful days with nice temperatures and a good amount of sunshine ( most of the time at least). Whether you like music, food or flowers, t here’s always something to do. Most of the time you can even combine all of your interests, passions and hobbies by going to one place or even one festival. In the post Summer Festival Hopping you could already read about my favourite festivals in the province South Holland. Now, to make sure you won’t miss out on some typical Dutch activities during your Holland holiday I wanted to highlight some August events in the Netherlands that Verita’s Visit organises themed food & flowers.
It takes place the second weekend of April. Some call it the ‘get into the greenhouse’ event. Although it takes place in different areas of the Netherlands, I love visiting the Holland greenhouses of the Westland. The Westland is not only a bike ride away from The Hague or Delft, it is also the cradle of the horticulture in the Netherlands. Here’s what the region has in store – or better, in the greenhouse- for you.
In Dutch the event is called Kom in de kas 2018. In English I would call it Holland greenhouse festival. It’s more than a visit to a Dutch greenhouse, it’s a celebration which is great fun for all ages. The different bands playing enroute of this Holland greenhouse festival get you into the festive mood, you can taste paprika smoothies or radishes with chocolate or just relax in the sun with a cup of coffee & cake, children can participate in all kind of fun activities and of course you can buy your favourite flowers, fruit & vegetables at a stand located at the end of the Holland greenhouse festival.
Greenhouses in the Netherlands open their doors for visitors only one time per year. The reason is that young, growing plants are vulnerable and easily infected by diseases, which is why hygiene in the greenhouses is extremely important and visitors are often not allowed inside or can only visit when they follow strict hygiene rules.
So, it’s quite a unique opportunity to visit a greenhouse and see how fruit, vegetable & flowers are grown. A colleague once called Westland the all year round Keukenhof and it’s true. You’ll be amazed by all the different types of flowers grown in the Westland, also known as Glass City. You can see all the fantastic greenhouse innovations and developments, ask the growers all your questions about the plants that are being grown and many greenhouses put (Dutch) signs which explain all about the horticulture.
The Kom in de Kas ( get into the greenhouse) event takes place on Saturday 7 April from 10 AM – 5 PM & Sunday 8 April 2018 from 10 AM – 4 PM. T In Westland the focus is at Honselersdijk where 14 greenhouses open their doors. There are lovely cycle routes from The Hague & Delft to Wateringen and visitors are advised to come by bike. Really don’t feel like cycling? There are free busses at the flowerauction Royal FloraHolland bringing you to the walking zone. More info (in Dutch) on komindekaswestland.nl
Can’t make it on Saturday 7 April or Sunday 8 April 2018? Send an e-mail to veritasvisit(@)gmail.com for more information on Verita’s Visit’s (bike) tours & events to the Holland greenhouses. You can still sign up for Verita’s Visit bike tour greenhouses on 28 April 2018!