Silver route Voorschoten

  • The Netherlands
  • South Holland
  • Leiden
  • 28.20 km (Approximately 01:39 u)
  • Cycling route 1072256
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Silver route Voorschoten

  • The Netherlands
  • South Holland
  • Leiden
  • 28.20 km (Approximately 01:39 u)
  • Cycling route 1072256

Grab the bike and taste, experience and discover the Parel aan de Vliet. There is plenty to do; you will discover the silver past of the village and cycle past many monuments that are explained in this online cycling route. Discover the beautiful parks, grab a terrace on the Voorstraat and walk through the castle gardens of Castle Duivenvoorde, en route on this experience route that takes you past farmlands and water. The information boards in Voorschoten give you information about the historical locations in the village center and on the route.

With the connection to the canals of Leiden, this route is 26 km, a circle of Voorschoten from TOP Voorschoten is 17 km. & Nbsp;

The Silver Factory

When you drive from Leiden to Voorschoten, the Silver Factory is on your right-hand side when you enter the village. The white building is recognizable by its elongated shape with stepped gables at both ends. The founder of the factory was the Utrecht businessman Johannes M. van Kempen III. His workshop there had become too small and the municipality of Utrecht did not give permission for his expansion plans. That is why he moved with his family to Voorschoten in 1857, where he was given the opportunity to carry out his grand plans. The location of the new silver factory was ideal for Van Kempen because of its location in the greenery and near the water (De Vliet) and the railway line. From here he could trade. He bought the Berbice estate and the grounds adjacent to it. There he had his Silver Factory built.

The significance of the Silver Factory for Voorschoten
The arrival of the Silver Factory would give Voorschoten a completely different look. From the start - in 1858 - the business went well for the company; it had to be expanded regularly, until the building got its final shape around 1900. Johannes van Kempen III was not only a smart businessman but also a socially inspired man from his Christian philosophy of life. Van Kempen wanted a factory with machines that were powered by steam. Before that time it was very progressive. Good working conditions had to be created for the workers, which is why large windows and gas lighting were installed. This allowed them to work longer working days.


In addition to good working conditions, Van Kempen also ensured good living conditions by setting up a health insurance fund, a widow's fund and a pension fund.
Relaxation was obtained by joining the Benvenuto music association; the musical instruments were paid for by the company. In addition, every summer the entire staff made a joint trip around the country at the expense of the company, with pay.


His successors from the van Kempen family continued the business on the same foot. They had, among other things, fourteen houses built (now part of Leidseweg to Hofweg) and five houses next to the Silver Factory for the higher staff. People enjoyed working at the Silver Factory - from generation to generation.


The Silver Factory of "van Kempen en Begeer"
In 1919 the company merged with two other companies. After a reorganization in 1924, Carel Begeer was appointed Director General of the company. The Van Kempen family moves to The Hague. It was not until 1937 that Carel Begeer would live on Berbice with his family. Carel Begeer was much more of an artist than a businessman. He had received his artistic training as a silversmith in Germany, which then formed the basis of industrial product design. Begeer wanted to design products that were artistically responsible and attracted (international) artists to do so. The - sometimes unique - objects from his period as director are still highly regarded. The company made high-quality silverware such as dinnerware, cutlery, art objects. The silver factory also made many silver works for the royal family.


Places of interest in Voorschoten
In Voorschoten, which is also called Parel aan de Vliet, the story of the silver history in the village can still be seen. Various sights on this cycle route tell the story. With highlights such as the Silver Factory and Buitenplaats Berbice - which are open to the public during Heritage Days (contemporary companies are located in the Silver Factory). But also Museum Voorschoten (silver exhibition at the end of 2019) and Duivenvoorde Castle, where silverware from the factory can be seen.


Route
This route is suitable for all ages. The route leads past various playgrounds and parks, allowing for many drop-off times. In Leiden, the bicycle tour takes you past the Tuin van de Smid, an initiative of a blacksmith who has now realized an organic eating and playing location in the park.


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Watch the promotional film of Voorschoten - Wassenaar here.

Directions

# Description Distance
11
11 (2313JG, Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
70
70 (2313DZ, Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 1.25 km
16
16 (Cronesteyn, 2322LH, Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 1.60 km
9
9 (2321JJ, Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands) 2.15 km
77
77 (2251LS, Voorschoten, South Holland, The Netherlands) 4.51 km
Buitenplaats Berbice (2253 AE, Voorschoten, South Holland, The Netherlands) 4.98 km

Sights

Buitenplaats Berbice

221
2253 AE Voorschoten
http://www.buitenplaatsberbice.nl

From the Leidseweg you can see the Berbice estate. It had been hidden for a long time, the front yard was overgrown and the high white gate closed. Have you always wanted to know what's behind it? The country estate does not only consist of the famous main house and the porter's house, but behind this is also a large park with a pond and a 17th century orangery. In front of the orangery is a beautiful rose garden surrounded by old fruit walls.

Zilverfabriek

Zilverfabriek 219
2253 AE Voorschoten

When you drive from Leiden to Voorschoten, the Silver Factory is on your right when you enter the village. The white building is recognizable by its elongated shape with stepped gables at both ends. The founder of the factory was the Utrecht businessman Johannes M. van Kempen III. His workshop there had become too small and the municipality of Utrecht did not give permission for his expansion plans. That is why he moved with his family to Voorschoten in 1857, where he was given the opportunity to carry out his grand plans. He bought the Berbice estate and the grounds adjacent to it. There he had his Silver Factory built.

Arbeiderswoningen Zilverfabriek

Leidseweg 203
2253AD Voorschoten

As a social entrepreneur, Van Kempen (owner of the Silver Factory 19th century) also devoted himself to good, cheap and healthy housing for his employees. High demands were placed on the tenants. Not only their neatly clean curtains, but also the social and religious behavior of the tenants were carefully monitored. In 1895, fourteen houses were built at Sint Nicolaaspark for the better paid employees. Half was owned by director Anton van Kempen. Every morning he walked by to inspect the buildings.

De Inktpot

Leidseweg 203
2253AD Voorschoten

De Inktpot was built in 1901: five houses next to the Benvenutolaan for administrative employees. They found the houses on the Sint Nicolaaspark to be too little.

De Harmonie (Benvenutolaan)

Leidseweg 203
2253AD Voorschoten

The Harmonie Benvenuto was founded in 1898, named after the Italian artist and goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini. The instruments of the harmony were paid for by the Silver Factory, as was the bandstand at the end of Benvenutolaan.

Museum Voorschoten

17
2251 BL Voorschoten
http://website.museumvoorschoten.nl/

Museum Voorschoten wants to bring the public into contact with history, cultural heritage and art in an attractive and interactive way, with the aim of increasing and deepening knowledge about this. It does this by organizing exhibitions, art expositions, cultural lectures, events and activities such as an archeology workshop for primary school children. The museum is located in the heart of historic Voorschoten: the Voorstraat. This street does not only derive its atmosphere from the many historical monuments, the more than 100-year-old lime trees and the many catering establishments also contribute to this! The museum is building a collection of art and utensils as well as prints, photos, postcards, books and archaeological finds from the area. The museum is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5pm.

Ambachts- en Baljuwhuis (Voorstraat)

4
2251BN Voorschoten

A number of students also came along with the transfer of the Silver Factory from Utrecht in 1858. They were housed as boosters with families in the village. To keep the young people out of the inns in their spare time, director Van Kempen rented a room in the Baljuwhuis. There, coffee, tobacco and beer were available for the young people at a purchase price. Newspapers and useful literature were also provided, along with drawing lessons, and religious lessons on Sundays. As the youngsters got married, the room became less needed and closed.

Speeltuin

TOP Voorschoten 182
2252AG Voorschoten

Kasteel Duivenvoorde

4
2252 AK Voorschoten

Here you can see silverware from the Silver Factory. Duivenvoorde has an impressive history, which is closely intertwined with Voorschoten. Traditionally, the Lords of Duivenvoorde were craftsmen of Voorschoten and Veur and were therefore in charge of social and ecclesiastical life in Voorschoten. Unlike the other Voorschotense country houses, Duivenvoorde was never sold. The property always passed on to (married) family. Duivenvoorde therefore has a dynastic character. This is well reflected in the interior of the castle. The different rooms form a journey through time, through the different interior styles and the paintings of ancestors.

Speeltuin

Trompplein
2253ZA Voorschoten

Ter Wadding

Huis ter Wadding 557
2253 JJ Leiden

Country house from around 1770, with Louis XV or Rococo style influences. To the right of Ter Wadding is the coach house built in 1716, which was taken into use as a private home after restoration. Behind Ter Wadding a 2.5 ha forest that is publicly accessible. The house cannot be visited.

Speeltuin

3
2322LH Leiden

Oplaadpunt

3
2322LH Leiden

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