Cycle parking at Wassenaarse Slag

Netherlands 15: Around Duinrell

The second week of our recent trip to The Netherlands, we spent at Duinrell. This was actually the fifth time we’ve stayed at Duinrell in one form or another, in the last four year, so as you can probably guess, we’re big fans! We’ve also persuaded a number of friends to go there, who on the whole have loved it.

For those that don’t know, Duinrell is a combination of theme park and camp site, with cabins for those that don’t fancy roughing it. From that description it’s probably doesn’t sound like our typical holiday location, we’re not really ones for package holidays or “organised fun”. But Duinrell is in a fantastic location, has lots of great facilities and is generally chilled out.

Duinrell is situated in Wassenaar, which is a town situated 10km north of The Hague. Wassenaar is known as being one of the most affluent places in The Netherlands, this becomes pretty obvious if you have a look round, with the number of big houses, embassies and international schools. It’s amazing really that they ever got permission to build Duinrell, I couldn’t see that happening here in the UK. Duinrell is also about 4km from the beach at Wassenaarse Slag, which is a lovely place to go when the sun shines.

As with much of The Netherlands, the area around Duinrell is great for cycling. Much of the immediate area around Wassenaar has high quality, dedicated cycle paths. This includes dedicated routes to the The Hague, Leiden, the beach at Wassenaarse Slag and beyond. As is common elsewhere, some of the infrastructure isn’t great by Dutch standards. There’s a fair share of painted cycle lanes, mostly on quiet roads, but on some busier roads in the town too.

Each time we’ve gone to Duinrell, we’ve come prepared with bikes. Though there are plenty of people who choose to hire them when they arrive. The on-site hire shop have quite a large selection of typical Dutch bikes to choose from, mainly Batavus. As these are typical Dutch bikes, they generally only have a coaster brake, which can take some getting used to for some. For those with families, there’s a number of options, such as child seats, trailers and tagalongs.

A trip to Duinrell isn’t complete without having bikes to explore. If you’re driving there, leave the car when you arrive and use bikes for the rest of your trip. It’s amazing how little you need a car when you’ve got quality cycle infrastructure for all.

Back to part 2 – The route to Wassenaarse Slag

Next to part 4 – The route to Leiden

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