Join the boat trip through the lush landscape between Delft and The Hague. Enjoy the view of beautiful estates, windmills and meadows along the ‘Vliet’. With the ‘Vlietvaart’, which is part of the ‘Ooievaart’, you can make a boat trip in the months of May till October from the center of The Hague to Delft, via Museum Hofwijck in Voorburg, and back. You can break off your journey at the museum in Delft and continue on your own or use the boat to travel back to The Hague.
This boat trip is organised by the ‘Ooievaart’ from May till October. The trip takes you along the tow path between The Hague, Voorburg, Rijswijk and Delft. The same route where centuries ago track boats would go up and down. During the journey you can enjoy the view, the stately manors and the lush green between the historical cities that make up the suburb. The ‘ Vlietvaart’ offers the possibility to alight in Voorburg for a visit to Museum Hofwijck. This used to be the former home of two illustrious characters from the Golden Age, Constantijn en Christiaan Huygens. You can return a few hours later by boat or continue your journey on your own.
Hopping on and off
The ‘Vlietvaart’ departs from the historical harbour in The Hague (Bierkade 18b). The boats anchors for a short period at Museum Hofwijck and upon request also at the Kerkbrug in Voorburg. For the passengers it is possible to hop on or hop off. The journey continues to Delft, ending at the Koepoortstraat. The return journey takes the same route.
Return from Delft to The Hague
Apart from a single journey from Voorburg or Delft it is also possible to make a return. In the months May, June and October the boat returns after a short stop in Delf. In the months July till September the boat will depart from Delft after a short delay. In this summer period, as it is the year of Vermeer, a walk is organised through the street of Vermeer and a boat trip on the Schie. On the way back also the Museum Hofwijck is visited. In case you want to take public transport to make your way back to The Hague there is the choice between tram line 1 or the train.
- 11:00 am Departure Bierkade
- 11:30 am Arrival Hofwijck
- 12:30 pm Arrival Delft
- 13:00 pm Departure Koepoortstraat, Delft
- 14:00 pm Arrival Hofwijck
- 14:30 pm Arrival Bierkade
Tickets for the ‘Vlietvaart’ are sold on board (exact fare), via the website (Ooievaart.nl) or by telephone 070-4451896. Tickets are valid for a single journey to Museum Hofwijck, Delft or the route Delft-The Hague. Making a reservation (especially during weekends and with nice weather) is advised.
Access to the Bierkade
The ‘Vlietvaart’ leaves from the harbour at the Bierkade 18b. The location for boarding is a 5 minute walk from Hollands Spoor railway station and 10 minute walk from Central Station. Several trams and buses service the area. The Bierkade is also by car easy to reach. It is recommended to use one of the car parks in the area like at the Amsterdamse Veerkade.