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Royal The Hague Estate De Horsten

Want to see a palace, castle or estate? At Royal The Hague estate De Horsten you might even see king Willem- Alexander, queen Maxima and their three beautiful daughters.

Dutch Parks Come With Castles

When you visit the Netherlands and all of a sudden find yourself surrounded by nature, keep your eyes open! You might find a Dutch castle, an estate or even catch a glimpse of the royal family of the Netherlands. Highest chances to see the Dutch king and queen is in The Hague area, province South Holland.

Are you in the Dutch countryside or a park? You might see a palace!

The  Route of Dunes and Forest

The royal estate The Hague that is closest to the city centre is the Huis ten Bosch palace. You could start your walk or bike ride here. Cycling routes and walking trails take you from The Hague to Leiden on a route full of sandy dunes and lush green parks. In spring and summer at least. In autumn the parks are filled with golden, brown, red and orange leaves fallen from the oaks and chestnut trees.  Winding paths take you to the pièce the resistance of every estate: a 17th or 18th mansion.

Where the Dutch King lives

In Wassenaar, a cosy village right between The Hague and Leiden the royal The Hague estate De Horsten is located. The Dutch word ‘horst’ means: a higher sandy ground with trees or surrounded by trees. The three estates Raaphorst, Ter Horst and Eikenhorst were bought by the royal family in the 1800’s and together now form royal The Hague estate De Horsten. Dutch king Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and their daughters Alexia, Amalia and Ariane live in Villa Eikenhorst. After the renovation of Huis ten Bosch palace they will move.

Rhododendron flowers May/ June royal estate The Hague

Royal Estate The Hague

Highlights of this royal estate The Hague are the Seringenberg and the tea pavilion. The Seringenberg, hill of lilacs, blooms with purple flowers beginning of May. When you climb up the twirling hill path beginning of June, you’ll be captivated by the richly scented mock orange – Philadelphus coronarius-. On top you can rest in a small pavilion. From here you see the typical winding paths, meadows and the clear borders off grassland and trees created by 19th century landscape designer Zocher jr.

Cycling and Coffee, Hike & High Tea

The tea pavilion De Horsten is a cosy place that from the inside still reminds of the time it was used as hunting lodge by Prince Frederik in the 19th century. The tea room is decorated with hunting trophees. The entrance to the tea pavilion is magical and so is the view on the terrace. A great place to enjoy a lovely cup of tea or have a coffee break on your cycling tour.

Useful info:

  • Cycling is not allowed inside De Horsten. There are signed walking trails of different distances.
  • Royal The Hague estate De Horsten entrance fee is: €1.00 per adult, for seniors and children between 4-14 years old €0.50

You can buy the entrance tickets at the entrance.

  • The easiest entrance is at: 
Papeweg 36, 2245 AG Wassenaar. This is closest to the tea pavilion.
  • Opening hours
From 1/4-1/9 it’s open daily from 9 AM – 8.30PM
From 1/9 – 1/4 it’s open Tue-Sun 9 AM – 5 PM
The tea pavilion De Horsten is open from Wednesday till Sunday from 10AM till 4.45PM.

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