Cycle route Footprints of the Netherlands
Den Haag, Leiden, Wassenaar, Scheveningen
's Gravenhage, the heart of the Dutch government has never formally been granted city rights and is therefore actually a village. But it did get the privileges that belonged to a city, and despite the fact that city rights had already been abolished in 1798, Napoleon gave The Hague the honorary title of 'city' in 1810. The oldest archaeological finds have been found in the vicinity of the Binnenhof and date from about 3000 B.C. You can find the government and parliament, ministries and embassies. The route also takes you past Palace Noordeinde, the working palace of the Dutch king, and more locations with royal history.
Bike along Scheveningen, where King William I set foot ashore on 30 November 1813 and was subsequently inaugurated as sovereign of our country. In Wassenaar you will find the De Paauw estate that was owned by Prince Frederik of Oranje-Nassau (1797-1881). In addition, this cycle route takes you through the real polder village of Stompwijk, which is known for all its drawbridges and swing bridges. This place was already created in the 13th century by large-scale reclamation of the Wilde Veenen and was called Stompwijc at the time.
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