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Cycling Route The Hague Beach and Parks

For a nice bike ride in nature you don’t have to go far from The Hague city centre. This cycling route The Hague beach and parks is about 12 km. Enroute you see a windmill, glass houses, lots of water and an amazing mix of meadows, forest and dunes.

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The Dutch cheese platter for every meal

It is right beside the old Dutch chimney. A Dutch cheese platter that looks like a piece of art. Served on a firm wooden board is a good chunk of matured Dutch farmer’s cheese with amazingly beautiful holes and the thick marks of the grater. Fluffy coarse shreds of cheese spilled out of the shiny cheese grater next to the enlightened cheese. Is this Holland’s cheese  heaven?

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Story and History of Flag Day Scheveningen

Scheveningen logo herring-veritasvisitMy first visit to Flag Day Scheveningen  was out of curiousity. I heard that the whole festival revolved around herring, and more precisely the new herring. But, if it was all about the herring, why wasn’t  it called Herring Day or Herring Festival? I decided it was time to unravel the mystery and look for the story and history of Flag Day Scheveningen…

Best Viewpoint to Overlook the Herring Festival

Out of habit I choose the same spot every year to overlook the Flag Day – Vlaggetjesdag- festivities. Here, in front of the harbour I remember that first visit.  I was determined to find out everything there is to know about the herring festival and the Dutch traditions shown on the day. Program in hand I made my way straight to the first activity, then the next and so on.

Herring and His Story

When I came home I was exhausted. After such a fantastic visit to Flag Day I needed some time to unwind. I took a herring out of the fridge, sprinkled it with some onions and with the first bite  a thought came to mind:  There must be some great stories behind all the festival activities.  The next day I got some books, turned on my laptop and did a little research.

Where to Start Visit Flag Day

Now that I know the stories and history of Flag Day Scheveningen and its herring, I enjoy my visit  more. The first time I came to this traditional Dutch festival has been years ago.  Today it’s celebrated on Saturday  the 18th of June 2016 and Flag Day Scheveningen has become one of my favourite events.  I’ve been here tons of times and can never decide where to go first. Tasting the new herring is tempting, but so is walking around the open air market with its traditional crafts, seeing the special water activities or going to fishers’ warehouse to enjoy some typical sailor songs. Hmmm, not an easy decision, but someone has to cut the knot. And that someone is me.

 

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Flag Day Scheveningen 2016
  • Where is the best viewpoint to overlook Flag Day Scheveningen 2016
  • Where to start your visit to this typical Dutch event
  • How to get to the herring festival
  • Must sees & do’s on Flag Day

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On the day itself, Saturday 18 June 2016 you can also participate in an interactive event called Lord of the Herrings. Use your knowledge and creativity to complete challenges and find out all facts and fiction about Vlaggetjesdag, it’s history & tradition. Celebrate the festivities with & like a local. More info