Cycling through the dunes

Katwijk - South Holland - The Netherlands

Cycling route 115154

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7890 324
45.99 km
02:42
810 kcal
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Description

We start this cycle route south of Katwijk. From Katwijk we cycle in the direction of Wassenaar. Wassenaar consists of a village center surrounded by a wooded area with many villas and country houses. Many of these have traditionally been country estates, summer residences for wealthy urbanites. In addition to many wealthy residents, these offer shelter to companies and consulates. Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima have their home on the Eikenhorst estate. The Duinrell estate is used as an amusement park. In the vicinity is the Duindigt racecourse, the only remaining grass racecourse in the Netherlands. We also pass Landgoederen Backershagen and Wiltzanck and Landgoed de Paauw. Huize de Paauw is the current town hall of the municipality of Wassenaar. In the center of Wassenaar is the old Romanesque village church, which partly dates from the 12th century, and was partly built in the 16th century after destruction at the beginning of the Eighty Years' War. Princess Alexia was baptized in this church. Here we also find Castle Oud-Wassenaar. During World War II, the Nazis used the house to accommodate foreign guests. The castle was renovated after the war. The guestbook includes famous names such as Winston Churchill, Paul-Henri Spaak, General Montgomery and Oe Thant. Many large parties were held, including a wedding party for Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven in 1967. Events are still regularly organized and it has been one of Wassenaar's non-municipal wedding locations for several years. From Wassenaar we go to The Hague. North of The Hague we enter the dunes. An extensive dune area in the middle of the Randstad. The Hollands Duin runs from Wassenaar to well north of Noordwijk. A place to get a breath of fresh air or to find peace after a busy day. The dunes never get boring. Sheltered forests, open plains and wet dune valleys alternate. In some places the sand may even start to drift again. In the summer the temperature in this 'Dutch desert' can rise considerably.
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