Voorschoten's Rich History
Recently, a number of information panels describing the history of Voorschoten have been installed in the town centre. Did you know, for instance, that the paardenmarkt (horse fair) in Voorschoten first took place around 1200, making it one of the oldest annual fairs of the Netherlands? Or that Voorschoten is known for its silver industry? Come and get a taste of Voorschoten’s history and atmosphere: visit one of the many cosy cafés and restaurants in the picturesque Voorstraat, lined with historic buildings and centuries-old linden trees, or go for a browse in the adjacent shopping street.
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Duivenvoorde CastleDuivenvoorde Castle
There are many stories to tell about Duivenvoorde Castle. Visit the castle museum, stroll through the park and allow yourself to be amazed by the rich history of the castle and the estate. The park is open all year long, the museum only from April onwards. During the season, the castle will be open Thursday – Sunday. The castle is available for weddings, dinners and receptions throughout the year. The park is open from 08.00 hrs until sunset (no later than 19.30 hrs) throughout the year. During the museum season you can visit the castle, by guided tour only.
Museum VoorschotenMuseum Voorschoten
Museum Voorschoten is situated in the Voorstraat, in the heart of the historic town. The museum exhibits everything of, for and about Voorschoten, with a focus on the history of the town. From artefacts and everyday objects to prints, photos, postcards, books and local archaeological finds. The museum organises exhibitions and activities involving people, events and objects characteristic of Voorschoten. In addition, lectures and other cultural events take place at the museum.
Landgoed de Horsten (De Horsten Estate)Visit the website
De Horsten Estate is a large contiguous green area of approximately 450 hectares, situated on the outskirts of Voorschoten. The eastern part of the estate is situated on the oldest sea wall, and the western part is situated on a more recent and higher sea wall. The beach stretches out between these areas, its lowest point being a water outlet which drains the excess water northward into the Rhine. The area has always been privately owned by royalty, and so it has remained green and virtually untouched by housing development. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máximá live at the Eikenhorst, which is closed to the public. The other parts of the estate are accessible to walkers.
VlietlandVisit the website
Vlietland is one of the largest and most attractive water sports, recreation and nature areas of the Netherlands! Three lakes with a total surface of 130 hectares constitute the heart of Vlietland. The lakes are surrounded by woods, creeks, sunbathing areas and park-like landscapes. The area offers a multitude of options for recreation on the water and on land. Vlietland offers a climbing frame, an aqua park, a camping site, a water sports club, a yachting club, a surf club, a yachting school, a rowing club, a water bike rental service, canoes, sail-, motor-, and rowing boats, harbours along the Vliet, a lake harbour, a wonderful waterside restaurant and a variety of café/restaurant pavilions.
Natuurboerderij Tante TokkieVisit the website
At this animal and nature-friendly farm, you get a unique insight into the life of a farmer and the work involved. But it is more than just a farm with animals and clogs. Here you can also indulge in pannenkoeken (traditional dutch pancakes) at the pancake restaurant and enjoy home-made ice cream in the accompanying ice cream parlour.
Visit the Voorstraat and the Schoolstraat for local shops and more