Virtual Tour 17: Sights along the A12

The A12 motorway connects Den Haag with the German border near Zevenaar. The bike path alongside the A12 was a regular ride route.

I would ride through Voorburg to get to the A12. Voorburg is thought to be the oldest city in the Netherlands. It has its roots in the 2nd century when a local civilian settlement gained city rights from the Romans.

Famous inhabitants of Voorburg include the 17th-century author and poet Constantijn Huygens, his son, the famous astronomer and mathematician Christiaan Huygens, and the philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

This is a pedestrian and cyclist-only street in Voorburg. For the sharp-eyed, my favourite flavour is Cherry Garcia.

Across the Westvliet canal is the home of Alles Door Oefening Den Haag, better known as ADO Den Haag. The city’s professional soccer club.

Then you are in the countryside at Leidschenveen.

There is a park in Zoetermeer that is nice to ride through (unless it is winter).

Not very PC of me but this sign always made me smile. I am fascinated by how languages work.

If you weren’t into midget golf you can ride miniature ponies.

For the longest time, I rode past this “art installation” thinking it looked like pieces of Skylab fallen to earth. It was ages before I realised that the building behind is a prison.

Before long you are in the fields near Kruisweg.

Near the Rottedijk, you can ride through a tunnel under the motorway and the parallel railway. These live near the tunnel.

The bike path to the tunnel is screened off from the railway line by this laser-cut steel screen. You can just see the unicorn at the upper right.

The tunnel is tiled.

Naturally, there is a bike path along the Rottedijk. You ride past a series of hand-operated locks

There are a number of public docks along the canal.

Some are occupied. The owner of this craft must like boating.

Of course, there is at least one windmill on the Rottedijk.

And another which has been converted into a house.

In the distance is the modern Holland.

More fields on the ride back to Den Haag.

My ride home takes me past the Voorburg Police Station and The Detective statue by the Dutch sculptor, ceramicist and illustrator Bertha (Berry) Holslag.

6 response to "Virtual Tour 17: Sights along the A12"

  1. By: The Navigator Posted: June 5, 2020

    Looks like a pleasant ride. I would love all the good infrastructure but miss long climbs and fast descents in hill country though.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 5, 2020

      You have to go to Limburg in the south for any real hills. The highest point in the Netherlands at 322 metres is in Limburg.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 5, 2020

        As I explained to a Dutch cyclist when I was riding in the Netherlands, that high point feels much higher because the rest of the country is so low. 😉

        • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 6, 2020

          I will have to stop talking about high points in a country where a third of the landmass is below sea level.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 5, 2020

    Enjoying the tours! Great photos!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 6, 2020

      Thank you for reading sir.

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