Don’t miss out! The Japanese Garden in the Hague is only open about 8 weeks per year, once in Spring and once in Autumn. So, get yourself down to Clingendael this October for one of the BEST parks the Netherlands has to offer.
You will find the rarest – and most beautiful – trees and plants right in the heart of Clingendael Park. Most people either discover these gardens online or stumble upon it accidentally, thinking “Where the heck am I…?!”, feeling as though they’ve just stepped through a warp-hole into Japan. It will open on the 13th October for a couple of weeks.
Why is it only available for such a limited amount of time?
The contents of the garden is simply too fragile to withstand the other months, so it can only be opened for short bursts each year. There is also a limit to the amount of people allowed in at one time, in case anything gets crushed accidentally (and unnecessarily) and there is a strict no dogs allowed policy (sorry lil pups!).
Unfortunately, this means you can’t bring strollers, baby carriages or any kind of electric mobility devices in case they do damage to the park. If you use a wheelchair, there is a designated entrance and accommodated route for you, but this will be shorter.
You will be able to visit between 10am and 4pm. There are crazy b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l flowers, colourful shrubs and ferns, a waterlily pond, 2 water casks (featuring Buddhas and lotus flowers!), stone lanterns, a small bridge and cute little tea house overlooking it all. It is the perfect place for serenity and reflection.
The garden will close on the 28th October, so you better hurry!! Whether you live near the Hague or not, you should not miss out on this great attraction in the Netherlands.