This past Saturday I had a very surprising cycling trip! I recently moved to Den Haag, and I must say: I am not loving it… (I know, I know. I am crazy). In my defence, I enjoy much more the calmness of small towns, where life is not so agitated… and cycling towards your work doesn’t become a extreme sport. Of course, living in the “big city” also has its good things like museums, culture events, much better train connections… more options to go out and drink a beer.. jaja. Anyway! is not only about the city itself but also its surroundings! like the Westduinpark 🙂 .
A while ago, a friend recommended me a very nice app: route.nl. In this app, there are several cycling routes. You can search for an specific area within the Netherlands (also Belgium, Germany and Austria), or you can look for routs near to you. I used to do this type of cycling trips quite a lot in Wageningen, and I came to know very beautiful places because of that. So, this Saturday I searched for cycling routes around Den Haag and I found a nice one passing through the coast!
Westduinpark is a dune conservation reserve between Scheveningen and Kijkduin. Besides the amazing landscape, these dunes are also very famous for being part of the Atlantic Wall, a more than 5,000 km defence line, that goes all the way from Norway to southern France. The Atlantic Wall was constructed by Germans during the World War II constructed by. Bunkers are the visible remains off this Atlantic wall in the Netherlands, but the most impressive are the secret passageways constructed under the dunes! (which are not accessible now to the public, however I think they are restoring some parts to do a museum).
Cycling through Westduinpark was maybe one of prettiest cycling trips that I have made in the Netherlands (my favorite one is the Hoge Veluwe), specially because I was not expecting so many hills! And, since they also have Scottish Highland cows (for nature conservation), at some points (and with a lot of imagination) you kinda feel like in Scottland 🙂 .