Prins Frederiks park route

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Prince Frederick of the Netherlands built a ring road in the 19th century along his nine estates in Wassenaar and Voorschoten. With this park route he was able to inspect his property and enjoy the landscape diversity, the special views. He also took his guests along the route. There was undoubtedly a lot of walking around the Paauw and Backershagen park around his home, De Paauw. His possessions did not stay together after his death. The estates were sold in parts between 1890 and 1912. As a result, part of the route is no longer recognizable as such. Large parts of the route are still present. Parts of the route can be explored by coach or on foot with a guide.

Activities in the context of the Discover Prince Frederiks Park Route project !:

Walk from the access bridge at the pond / ice rink, corner Papegaaienlaan / Backershagenlaan.

Park de Paauw
“Sketching in the park”, a drawing / painting workshop (free) at 10 am and 2 pm for young and old around the most beautiful places in the park and the garden of Prince Frederik and Princess Louise; registration required via

De Horsten
Guided walk, start at the Papelaan entrance, time 10.30 am and 2 pm , sign up via Pay attention! walkers need a valid ticket for the Horsten.

Since May of this year, admission tickets can only be obtained ‘online’ and paid for via the At the old cash register you can read a QR code with which the visitor can go directly to this site with a smartphone.

Carriage rides along parts of the park route of Prince Frederik
Boarding place at the pond / ice rink on the corner Papegaaienlaan and the Backershagelaan. Buitenplaats will be Backershagen explored, The carriage will explain which special points are still recognizable in the park route. Registration is desirable via , You can sign up for journeys at 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. for a ride from about half an hour / three-quarter.

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Discover Frederik’s park route
Prince Frederick of the Netherlands, son of King William I, laid out a park route in the 19 the century about his vast possessions in Voorschoten and Wassenaar. He was able to inspect his property but also enjoy the landscape diversity, the many special views and “places of pleasure” that he had constructed. He also took his guests along the route. In the vicinity of his home on the Paauw there will certainly have been frequent walks over both the Paauw and the neighboring Backershagen. As a result of fragmentation after his death, part of the route is no longer recognizable as such. Large parts of the route are still present. The municipality of Wassenaar and Voorschoten have mapped this route again.

During Heritage Day it is possible to explore parts of the route by coach or on foot with a guide. Wildrust, where Dunea has now created a new nature reserve, used to be a deer park, along the Schouwweg several parts can still be recognized. It is also possible to participate in one of the painting or drawing workshops in the park of De Paauw. Paint or draw together with a teacher who has her studio in the park, the most beautiful places where Prince Frederik and wife Princess Louise enjoyed the great outdoors.
Meeting place for carriage or walk will be published on the OMD website as well as the email address where you can sign up.
Of course you can go on an adventure and explore the route yourself. See https: //

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