Finally sailing weather! The Ooievaart sailing season has begun. After weeks of rain, the weather in APril promises to be better. Due to the good weather, the Ooievaart, the canal cruise in The Hague, is already starting up from the second week in April. It is possible to sail in a group to Scheveningen or to Leidschendam-Voorburg and Delft. For 15 years, visitors have been experiencing The Hague from the water through the eyes of residents of Hagen, the volunteers who support the city as guide and skipper.
Recommended for spring is the special park cruise. Enjoy the beautiful colors of the budding nature; The Hague’s parks at their very best. Enjoy a view of the Hubertus Park and van Stolk Park and the unprecedented tranquility of Westbroek Park and Water Party, listening to stories about places where time has happily stood still. There are packages with Greens in the Park.
Boats and Bikes at the Bierkade
New this year is the combi-arrangement of cycling and boating. From 2019 it is possible to combine these two activities very cheaply – €19.50 includes renting a bicycle from the Haagsche Stadsfiets and a boat trip. Guests can rent a bike in Scheveningen and return it to the Bierkade, so a day in The Hague is fun and of course well organized!
Themed boat trips
This year there are extra many themed voyages, and many themed packages. There is a combination with the Louis Couperus Museum and the Vincent van Gogh Experience, as well as a beautiful sailing journey in the planning within the framework of The Golden Age of The Hague.
The Hague is the city of the Golden Age!
The Hague plays a prominent role in the Dutch Republic in the Golden Age. It was the Hofstad, the center of power and government and the birthplace of art and science. There is much to see and experience from this history. The Vlietvaart connects the Buitenmuseum, where you can visit the houses of the illustrious historical figures such as Jan Steen, Jan van Goyen and Paulus Potter with Huygens’Hofwijck, the country house of the famous secretary Constantijn Huygens and his son, the scientist Christiaan Huygens. The regular boat trips between Delft and The Hague, which start again in May, also moor at Huygens’Hofwijck.
Freedom cruises is also highly recommended this year. In it, city memories are recalled from the past where freedom has been curtailed and lives have been affected. It is a serious, but certainly not melancholy retrospect, of well-known but also less well-known incidents from the city. Perfect for budding historians.