Clingendael is one of the most beautiful estates in the Netherlands and is located not far from The Hague In the heart of Clingendael park sits the ornate Japanese Garden. The Japanese Garden ('Japanse Tuin') was created at the beginning of the 20th century by the former owner of the country estate of Clingendael, Marguerite M. Baroness van Brienen. The Japanese Garden is only open for 8 weeks of the year, due to the fragile nature of some of the trees, and it is during this limited opening time that I wish to take you there. As we enter the garden, we will notice that it has a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The Japanese maple trees in the garden will be alight with the vibrant fiery colours of their autumn leaves and the moss coverage on the ground will soften my footsteps as I walk around the various ornaments and bridges. The dimming light of the autumn sun will pierce through the trees, bathing the ornate Japanese pavilion in a blanket of golden light. In this tranquil garden, all of the stresses of the day will melt away as we reflect on what we see, and of course, take plenty of beautiful postcards.
Stephan is a real Dutchie, he was born in Delft (the city of Vermeer), grown up in Gouda (the cheese city), studied in Leiden (city of Rembrandt) and he lived in Rotterdam (the harbour city) before moving to our capital Amsterdam in 2006. After a career in technology as an Online Strategist, he decided to leave behind the corporate world to start guiding visitors of Amsterdam and started his own private tour agency, Amsterdam Experiences. That’s when he discovered that walking and cycling around the city with international visitors is a lot more fun than a desk job! As a guide, Stephan loves to show his virtual guests the hidden gems of Amsterdam through the eyes of a local. He has a passion for telling stories about Dutch history and culture. Stephan is very enthusiastic about the Netherlands and also guides tours in Delft, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Gouda, Leiden and Den Hague. Stephan’s tours cover a wide range of topics, whether that be sensitively tackling difficult subjects, such as Anne Frank and Jewish history of Amsterdam. However, he is equally comfortable being spontaneous, whether visiting goats in a goat farm to riding his orange flowerbike around with the flowerbike man himself. Stephan also now has tours in Belgium, covering Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. So join him on the bike or by foot, and see the highlights of the Netherlands or even perhaps Belgium.
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