The area on which the estate is located was named ‘t Wold and used to be woodland only. Right at the time the dutch princess Albertine Agnes van Nassau bought it, she renamed it into Oranjewoud. In those days it was quite fashionable to have a country house and she gave the assignment to create a beautiful estate with long lanes, canals and gardens...more
The Oranjewoud estate was built in and around 1676. The construction of the park was an initiative of the royals of the Netherlands, it was a part of the former Oranjewoud Palace. The park was designed by landscape architect Daniël Marot (known for his work at the royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn) in a French Baroque style. Oranjewoud is a huge...more
At some point of being a VT member it amazed me that I never took time to write a tip about this beautiful park called Oranjewoud right next to the city my girlfriend lives. I have created quite some footsteps at this particular estate. About a week ago I was in Heerenveen again and at this particular Sunday morning the sun was shining and once...more
Koningin Julianaweg 98, , Oranjewoud, Frysian lake
Good for: Solo
Tjaarda Oranjewoud is part of the Golden Tulip Hotel chain. If you visit their website you will read that it is an excellent base to discover towns like Zwolle, Groningen and Leeuwarden. This might a bit weird as those cities are quite a drive to be honest. I would rather say that it is a great base to visit the amazing woods of Oranjewoud, the village of Heerenveen or the Frisian landscape.
Tjaarda is truly tucked away in the stately woods of Oranjewoud. This is the reason why we regularly visit Tjaarda. We simply love to hike our way along the beautiful mansions, the woods and the English garden. After our hike we think that a nice refreshment is well deserved and we end up at the terrace of Tjaarda. Usually we have a seat at the Grand Café Tjaarda where we can have an informal coffee or drink. The hospitality is great indeed. Or perhaps restaurant 'de Oranjerie' with its adjacent playground is the ideal place for you and your family? There are plenty of options at Tjaarda Oranjewoud's restaurants.
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in the Netherlands is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to the Netherlands with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There...more
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being at our travel pace is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. At Alkmaar (and this probably counts for our entire home country) it was rather difficult. We found out that there are a few local beers, only known in the particular...more
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...more
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...more
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Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of SD cards!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;