Voorschoten has a rich history, which becomes evident when you are in the town. Both in the centre of Voorschoten and in the surrounding area you will find many historic buildings and places that tell the story of Voorschoten. 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.
Some must sees in Voorschoten are:
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. In 2018, the Duivenvoorde Castle museum’s season will run from 13 April to 28 October. During the season, the castle will be open Tuesday – 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 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. www.museumvoorschoten.nl
Landgoed de Horsten (De Horsten Estate)
De Horsten Estate is a large contiguous green area of approximately 450 hectares, situated on the outskirts of Voorschoten. Prince Frederik of the Netherlands (1797-1881) founded De Horsten Estate. In 1838, he purchased the Ter Horst and Raaphorst sites. In 1845, he acquired Eikenhorst . The garden architect Petzold was commissioned to merge the sites into one single estate. 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. www.overdehorsten.nl
Boating through Voorschoten
De Vliet is a beautiful old barge canal. It is a great canal for water sports or hopping onto a cosy waterside terrace. You can access the Vliet by boat from a number of locations in Voorschoten, even from the town centre. The Sloepennetwerk (small boat network) enables you to travel from one crossing to another with a small boat, also allowing you to reach the town centre. The Sloepennetwerk also offers tailor-made (signposted) routes, you can choose your own distance. Plan your trip at: www.sloepennetwerk.nl You can hire a small boat (sloep) in Voorschoten at: www.columbuswatersport.nl and http://www.warmenhoven-botenstalling.nl/Arrangementen
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.
De Bollenschuur (The Bulb Barn)
At the Veurseweg 265, you will find the municipal monument De Bollenschuur. De Bollenschuur is well worth a visit. Inside this historical building, you will find a garden shop, an interior decoration shop, a cooking area and a bistro. De Bollenschuur was built in 1931, and from 1939 it was used for a different purpose, as the land it was built on contained too much peat for bulb growing. The building was restored in 2013/2014, and it was awarded the Zwarte Tulp Prijs (Black Tulip Award), an award for bulb barn owners in the Bollenstreek, who have done an excellent job in maintaining or finding another use for a barn. www.debollenschuur.com/bistro
Cycling past Culture, Water and Flowers
At Veurseweg 180 in Voorschoten you will find a Toeristisch Overstap Punt (Tourist Transfer Point, TOP). A TOP is a starting point for various signposted cycling- and walking routes. The multitude of cycle paths and rural roads offer an array of views hard to equal in the Netherlands. The coastal routes with narrow lanes zigzagging through the countryside and the quaint, pleasant villages are perfect exploring material. Via the royal De Horsten Estate in Voorschoten/Wassenaar, you can set out on your bicycle in the direction of Scheveningen or Noordwijk. Enjoy the Vliet, the Kagerplassen or the endless flower fields in the Bollenstreek.
For more information about museums, restaurants and events in Voorschoten, please visit: www.vorstelijkvrij.nl
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