Scheveningen (1) - Panorama van Mesdag (1) - Kröller
Müller Museum (2) |
Weerribben (3) - Dolmens (4) - Europe - Australia
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NL 1 - Scheveningen Reference map
Scheveningen is still the
number one seaside destination in The Netherlands. It is right next to
Den Haag (The Hague) and can be reached with a 20 minutes tram ride
(Line 10) from Den Haag Centraal railway station.
Century Kurhaus and
the Pier in front of it (jutting out several hundred meters
into the North Sea) form the central point on the beach promenade.
The Kurhaus features a splendid hotel, a Casino, large indoor
swimming pool, Theatre and Exposition hall (in which my parents used to
hold hand-made Jewelry
exhibitions during the 1950s and 60s).
On the square
behind the Kurhaus (Gevaersdeynootplein) is the new home of the famous
Vliegende Hollander (Flying Dutchman) nightclub, where the
legendary Dutch Jazz pianist-singer Pia Beck used to
On the beach there are numerous cafes and
restaurants located right on the sand.
A few hundred meters to the South of the Kurhaus you find on the
beach promenade Sprookjes beelden aan Zee (Fairytale sculptures on the
Sea), and immediately behind it the Beelden aan Zee museum (Sculptures on the Sea) which is
partly inside, partly above the sand dune.
Photos - Regional map - National map
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NL 2 - Panorama van Mesdag (The Hague) Reference map
The above photo shows a small segment of the 360° cylindrical
painting, Panorama van Mesdag, located on the Zeestraat 65 in central The Hague. It is one of the few remaining paintings of this type (10 of them I
believe) around the world. The cylinder has a 35 meter diameter and is
about 4 meters high. You enter through a corridor underneath the
painting, then climb up a staircase to a centrally located viewing
platform, which provides a splendid full 360° view.
The painting was created by the 19th century Dutch seascape painter
Mesdag with the help of his wife and a few of his fellow artists
of the time.
It shows a panoramic view of Scheveningen, the beach and
The Hague as it was in the 1890s.
The picture transports you truly 120 years back in time, especially
as some of the landmarks on the painting can still be identified today.
A magical experience every time I come back here.
The roof in the far background of the painting
is that of the Kurhaus (with flag on top on the photo), the building in front is
still the Societeit De Witte, and my friend Carel on above
photo is standing right on top of what used to be the dune surrounded by
the fence on the painting.
The Panorama van Mesdag is a must see destination in
Regional map - Panorama Mesdag - National map
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NL 3 - Kröller Müller Museum
(Hoge Veluwe) Reference map
Of course you should go and see Rembrand's famous Nachtwacht
(Night watch) at the Rijks museum in Amsterdam, and while you are
there visit the Van Gogh museum as well.
But art lovers and nature
admirers alike should definitely also visit the Kröller
Müller Muesum on the Hoge Veluwe in the province of Gelderland.
The Hoge Veluwe is a National park located within the larger
Veluwe region : an ancient sandy dune-scape covered by heathers, grasses
and various woods.
The Hoge Veluwe can be reached by car or by bus
from Apeldoorn, Ede or Arnhem, with the main entrance to the National
park being near Otterloo.
Arriving at the Otterloo entrance you have a choice. You can either
drive to the Museum by car, or leave it parked at the entrance and take
one of the many free white bicycles parked there and ride the 4.7
km to the Museum following the meandering bicycle path on bike.
After leaving the Museum again you can either leave the bike parked
there, or take an extended drive through this wonderful nature
The Kröller Müller Museum contains a wonderful
collection of modern paintings, including one large room full of Van
Goghs, which exude an energy felt and absorbed by anyone entering
the area. Outside there is a large sculpture park which is
a pleasure to wander through.
Photos - Kröller Müller - Regional map - National map (Area map coming soon)
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NL 4 - Weerribben (near Giethoorn) Reference map
The Weerribben was voted het mooiste plekje in Nederland
(most beautiful spot in the Netherlands) on a Dutch TV show in 2007. I
have since visited the area in 2008 and 2010 and absolutely loved it.
The Weerribben are an
ancient peat extraction area located just North of Giethoorn. It
can be reached by car or by bus from Meppel or Steenwijk.
The area is now a National park and consists of a patchwork of
rectangular intersecting channels and nature strips all teeming with
bird- and water-life.
At two locations electric battery driven fluister bootjes
(whisper boats) are for hire (each can carry up to about 6 people).
You can easily spend a full day here navigation through the area,
stopping for a picnic (or even a swim) at anyone of the picturesque
natural mooring spots.
If you like to overnight there is Hotel Geertien in a
nearby hamlet with the cute name of The Muggenbeet (The Mosquito
bite). The Hotel is located right on the waterfront of one of the
canals ("De Wetering"). Besides a excellent restaurant it also features a very cosy bar.
Photos - Fluisterboot hire - National map (Area map coming soon)
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NL 5 - Dolmens (in the province
of Drenthe) Reference map
There are 54 hunebedden (dolmens : graves built during the Stone age 5,000 years ago) in the Dutch province of Drenthe.
I lived there for a year (1964-65) during my National service and remember this delightful province with its woods, sandy dune-scapes and rural land plus the serene mystic of those primitive natural stone built graves.
With family and friends we often would visit one of these dolmens in the middle of the night, sitting on top, chatting and drinking wine.
Their magic has remained in my bones to this very day and I am planning a 2-day bicycle tour, visiting about a dozen dolmens in Drenthe when I return to The Netherlands in September 2014.
If you have an interest in these dolmens too, but wish to see just one or two of them then good places to go are D17 & D18 in Rolde, D45 in Emmen, or D27 and the Hunebed museum in Borger.
Photos - Our3-day Dolmen bicycle tour, 2014 - Regional map - National map
Maps : Map 1 | Map 2 | Map 3 | Map 4 | (of ANWB Topografishe kaart 7 - Oost Drenthe)
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