A very good spot for a picnic is Clingendael, a high class place to be!
Clingendael is the name of a 17th-century manor house and surrounding parkland just outside The Hague, Netherlands, in the municipality of Wassenaar. Since 1982, it houses the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael.
Since the sixteenth century, various garden and landscape architects have contributed towards the look and atmosphere of this country estate.
Behind Huys Clingendael lies a large playground and field where children could play and families enjoy picnics. There is also a tearoom you can visit for a drink with an apple pie or an ice cream. And there live a lot of animals, like cows, gooses, goats and bees in the park.
The Japanese Garden was created in the beginning of the 20th century by Baroness Marguérite van Brienen (1871-1939), also called Lady Daisy. Lady Daisy sailed off a number of times by ship to Japan and brought back to the Netherlands a number of lanterns, a water cask, sculptures, the pavilion, the little bridges and several plants.
The original design with the serene pond, meandering brook and the winding pathways has remained intact all these years.
Due to its fragility, the garden can be visited only during a short period of the year.
2597 VH The Hague
Phone +31 (0)70 3533000
The Clingendael Estate is open all year round. The Japanese Garden can be visited only during a short period during Spring and Autumn.