Capturing Clingendael

The days are starting to get colder and gloomier, and the daylight hours shorter all too fast. Nonetheless, Clingendael remains as beautiful as ever on a sunny weekend, with the autumn leaves falling everywhere. This is such a beautiful park to walk through for an hour or two, and is just far enough from the centre to escape a Sunday crowd.

Clingendael dates back to the 16th century, and has been influenced by many garden architects over the years. The estate also houses the beautiful Japanese Gardens, which are only open twice a year, filled with stunning plants, bridges, and sculptures from Japan.

Even though the main attraction of the park may be the Japanese Gardens, the rest of the park takes centre stage for me. I love taking the time to walk all the way to Clingendael, and exploring as much as possible. On the weekend, I walked through the rose garden, found some geese playing in the water, and enjoyed the sight of the Clingendael Institute near the pond. As usual, the sun shining down made me feel very lucky to live in this beautiful city.

Enjoy the sunshine as much as you can this autumn! Have a lovely week.

Series: Beautiful Places in The Hague

After more than three years in The Hague, I think it’s safe to say that I love this city. It’s become a new home for me, and I’m realising more of its beauty everyday. This week, I decided to start a new series on some of the most beautiful places in The Hague. This can stretch from beautiful architecture to gorgeous parks, starting from the ‘centrum’ (City Centre) to the beach!

1. Scheveningen

The fact that The Hague is on the coast of the Netherlands is hands down the best part of this city. If you’re here during the late spring/summer season, this is likely where everyone will be. The beach is so beautiful, and one of the cleanest beaches I’ve ever visited. And there’s so much to do! There is a newly-added ferris wheel to try out, ‘De Pier’ with an amazing panoramic view of the coast and tons of restaurants to try out, as well as caf├ęs, bars, snack shops, a cinema, and everything else you could ever want to entertain yourself!

2. Clingendael

This place is a genuine slice of heaven. One of the most gorgeous parks in The Hague, Clingendael is located very close to the Haagse Bos and Wassenaar. It’s filled with so many different types of trees, flowers, ponds, as well as cows, sheep, and little lambs during springtime! It has beautiful walking routes to follow all around the estate, as well as a small tearoom – great for an ice cream on a hot day, or coffee on a cold one. Clingendael also houses one of the most popular attractions during the spring and autumn seasons – the Japanese Gardens (which deserves a post all on its own – stay tuned)!

3. Het Binnenhof/De Hofvijver

Undoubtedly, the Binnenhof is the icon of The Hague as the political capital of The Netherlands. This stunning work of architecture houses the Dutch parliament (the Senate and the House of Representatives), the Ministry of General Affairs and the Prime Minister’s office. It is located beside the Hofvijver lake, and makes a beautiful sight during all hours of the day. This is a wonderful location to take a stroll by when you’re in the centre, or to sit beside the lake, watch the ducks and birds, and enjoy some sunshine during an autumn day.

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for reading the new series!

Paleistuin (‘Palace Garden’)

Autumn has officially arrived in The Hague! Since this is my favourite season, it called for a little visit to Paleistuin, otherwise known as the Noordeinde Palace Gardens. It is one of the most peaceful and quietly beautiful parks in The Hague. At this time of the year, it was filled with red and orange autumn leaves everywhere, along with some warm sunshine – what could be better?

Tucked away behind the famous Noordeinde Palace and next to the Royal Stables, the park is filled with flowerbeds, tall trees, and a lovely pond – a little piece of nature heaven in the heart of the city. It also has very interesting sculptures and statues located inside.

Paleistuin was landscaped by the son of William of Orange (an ancestor of The Netherlands as a monarchy) for his mother, so it was known as the ‘Princesses’ Garden’ before it was renamed. It was later given to the Municipality of The Hague in the 20th century, and is now open to the public everyday.

The park is a wonderful location to take a walk in, relax, and to take a picnic on a sunny autumn day. It’s also just a few minutes away from one of the best shopping and culinary streets in the city – Piet Heinstraat!

Thank you for reading, and have a great week!