Naaldwijk is a town in the Dutch province of Southern Holland, that has been part of the municipality Westland since 2004. Westland consists of the towns De Lier, 's-Gravenzande, Monster and Wateringen. If you leave The Hague by car in the direction of Rotterdam, you will find yourself in this municipality. Surprisingly, although it literally borders The Hague, a lot of people living in the city have barely heard about it. So, what makes Westland so special? Well, there are no big cities there, only a scattering of small towns, but it is here where the enormous glasshouses are located. The majority of fruit, vegetables and flowers sold throughout the Netherlands – and Europe – come from here. The glasshouses alone make for an impressive sight – although the name “glass-cities” would have been much more appropriate.
Hotels near Naaldwijk
There are many hotels in Naaldwijk. It is quite a small city, so no matter where you will stay, you will always be close to the city centre, the nature, the public transportation to surrounding cities and the sights around the city. Choose a hotel just outside of Naaldwijk for a relaxing stay in nature.
Popular sights around Naaldwijk
There are three popular sights definitely to be recommended: The Japanese Water Gardens and The Flora Holland flower auction. The Japanese Water Gardens The Japanese Water Gardens in Naaldwijk are interesting not only because they have all the characteristic features of a Japanese garden, but also because it is actually indoors, in a complex of three enormous glasshouses. There are the obligatory cherry trees, water streams, ponds with Japanese carp, pagoda-shaped lanterns etc. – but since it’s all under the roof you can see it all year round, even if the weather outside is terrible. The Flora Holland flower auction Flora Holland, located on the outskirts of Naaldwijk, is is the second largest flower auction in Holland. It is an enormous modern building where millions of flowers and plants are handled, sold and packed daily – a logistical undertaking that is at least as complicated and challenging as managing the Schiphol airport. From the special observation deck you can see hundreds of people and carts scurrying around like bees, and you just cannot stop wondering how come they all know what to do. It is, in other words, an impressive sight. There is also a number of smaller rooms where the actual auctioning takes place and you can see how the auction clocks work. It is open to the public on certain days and it only costs 2EUR to get in, but remember that you need to be there really early in the morning – no later than 8.00 am – and to dress warmly – the temperature is kept at an ideal level for flowers.
The various natural and recreational areas are very appropriate for hiking, surfing, rowing, swimming, fishing and more. If you would rather explore the area by bike, you can choose from many different routes that will show you Naaldwijk and its surroundings.
Hotel Facilities in Naaldwijk
You can choose from a diverse range of hotels if you decide to stay in the city of Naaldwijk. Each hotel in Naaldwijk has its own qualities and specifications, so make sure to pick a hotel that matches your preferences. Stay closer to the border of the city to experience the nature in the area, or pick a hotel in the city centre to experience the daily hustle of the locals.