Today you will ride from Zoetermeer to the Hague. Your ride will be gentle and there are plenty of places to visit today. You can experience the Royal Palace and Gardens and the Dutch Parliament. For those who like art there is the Escher Museum of optical illusions and the quaint Panorama Mesdag – a 360 degree painted beach scene.
Today, you will head towards the coast, cycling through Wassenaar, the town where the King and Queen live. If you have children with you and they like rollercoasters, waterslides and playgrounds enjoy a stop off at the amusement park Duinrel. Once you arrive in Scheveningen relax by the coast and enjoy the sea, beach, sand dunes and woods. Stay out to see the sunset over the sea in Noordwijk aan Zee.
The infamous Bulb and Dune region surrounds Noordwijk aan Zee, so its best to come in springtime when the fields are exploding with colour. Keukenof flower park is worth a visit with its incredible flower displays. Once you’ve seen the flowers, take a trip to the Space Expo to learn about astronauts, rockets, planets, perfect for kids. If you are in need of some relaxation after the tulip fields, simply head back to the beach.
During this picturesque route back to Zoetermeer you will cycle past Katwijk, Leiden and Voorschoten. Leiden is a historical town, bursting with canals and museums. We recommend visiting Naturalis (Natural History Museum) alternatively, Corpus – The Journey Through the Human Body will keep any children amused. There are also botanical gardens to visit and museums such as The Natural Museum of Antiques and The National Museum of Ethnology.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
It’s not called the lowlands for nothing with half the country being less than a metre above sea level. You can be assured of almost entirely flat riding from place to place and the experience of crossing the Dutch polders, land reclaimed from the sea and which help provide the Netherlands with such fertile land.