About the park

A green oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the hustle and bustle
  • In recent years, the implementation of the Duivenvoorde park recovery plan, from landscape architect Michael van Gessel, has been met with great care. The results are fantastic: restoration of natural vitality, of old sight lines and contours, and of centuries-old allure. The park also offers more walking and resting possibilities nowadays. To celebrate this special moment, a film about the Duivenvoorde landscape park was made.

    Festive re-opening
    In September 2015, the restored landscape park had its festive re-opening. After years of work, the park is now back to its former glory. The first step of the renovation was the realisation of the parking space, in the first months of 2013. The front lane (Laan van Duivenvoorde) was asphalted in 2011.

    Hiking through the park
    The renewed landscape park offers hikers several new hiking trails. The existing trails have been restored and many new trails have been created. New are the many benches, that allow the hikers to enjoy the tranquillity of the park and its beautiful views. The hiking experience is completed by the installation of three new walking bridges.

    New forest pond
    In the south-west of the park, where a large water basin was in the 18th century, a large forest pond has been dug. A new hiking trail takes you around this pond.

    Leiden garden
    As of now, the walled Leiden garden near the car park is also open to visitors. Up until recently, this was a nursery for Christmas trees. Now, one half of the garden houses an orchard, with 50 different types of fruit trees. In the other half, colourful flowerbeds have been made. The plan is to realise a visitors pavilion in the Leiden garden in the future.

    English landscape park
    The idea of revitalising the park around the castle took shape in the Duivenvoorde park recovery plan of landscape architect Michael van Gessel. In the nineteenth century, landscape architect David Jan Zocher Jr transformed the formal baroque garden from the eighteenth century into an English landscape park. Over the years, however, the park lost much of its natural vitality and became neglected. In the park recovery plan, renewed vitality, structure, and spaciousness are the main ingredients.



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The Duivenvoorde park recovery plan could be realised in 2011-2015 with the support of: