Tips for visiting Holland for our Denver weekends

The World of John Denver organizes an annual event. It’s fun to join us on these days, especially if you combine it with a bit of sightseeing.

For visitors outside Holland we created this document to tell you about our days, and give a little bit of information about things to do in Holland. If you have any questions, please use our contact form (http://www.wojd.nl/Contact.htm) to ask. Also, it would be good if you let us know about your plans to visit us, so we can keep you updated with the latest information on events or work on railroads etc.

 

Events organized by The World of John Denver

Our Denver weekends are organized at ‘De Waterlelie’ – the address is Goudenregenzoom 73, Zoetermeer.  Zoetermeer is located in the west of The Netherlands, in the centre of the area surrounded by The Hague, Rotterdam, Gouda and Leiden. Map

At these weekends there will be live mini concerts from our Denver Day artists performing the songs of John. Each concert is 30-60 minutes. Concerts of previous Denver Days can be watched on our website.

Also we will be watching recorded (clips from) concerts, documentaries, movies, shows and interviews with or about John Denver on a big screen.

The weekends usually start on the Saturday evening at 7:30pm (19:30), until 10:30pm (22:30). On Sunday we continue at 10:00 am and we close around 4.30pm (16:30). If necessary we can change these times. Programs for the weekends are published on our website www.wojd.nl.

Our 2017 weekend will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November.

 

Travelling to and in Holland

From neighbouring countries you could come to Zoetermeer by car or train.

If you live a bit further, an easy way to come to Holland is by plane to Amsterdam Airport (aka Schiphol). There you can either rent a car, or use the (usually excellent) public transport system. There’s a train station inside the arrival and departure hall, with frequent trains to areas like Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam. 

There are at least two trains every hour from the airport available for travelling to Zoetermeer, you need to switch at Den Haag Centraal (The Hague Central Station), which is the last stop for the train coming from Schiphol, and the start for the train to Zoetermeer. Total travelling time is about an hour and the costs are about € 10,00 for one way.

You can buy single train tickets here in advance and print them at home. You can also buy train tickets at the machines at the station, if you have a credit card with pin code. In the bus you can buy a ticket from the driver.

Alternatively, you can buy pre-paid chip cards at the information desk, they are called the (anonymous) OV-chip card. With these cards you can pay for your train journey, but also for all other ways of public transport in Holland like busses, underground and trams. You need a separate card for each person. The OV-chip card costs € 7,50 plus the amount you want to load on the card to travel (you can recharge if necessary). They are valid for about five years. Journeys you pay with the chipcard might be a bit cheaper than single tickets bought at the station or bus.

If you’re using the chip card, before you enter the train (or bus etc.) you need to check in, and then € 20,00 for trains or € 4,00 for busses is charged. With busses and trams you might need to check in after you’ve entered the bus or tram.  When you leave the train or bus, you check out, and then the exact fare for your journey is calculated and the difference with the check-in amount is returned or charged to your card.  Read all about it here.

You can walk from station Zoetermeer to De Waterlelie in about 15 minutes. You can also go by bus 71 (about 4 minutes) and walk (3 minutes) from the nearest bus stop Florazoom. On your way back you could take bus 72 from the same bus stop. However, at weekends, there’s only one bus every hour, so usually it’s better to walk from and to the station.

You can plan your journey from door to door online on the 9292 site. It also shows you a map how to walk from the bus stop to De Waterlelie, and alternative routes, but we advise the route by train via Den Haag Centraal for simplicity.

 

Suggested places to stay and eat in and around Zoetermeer

There are a few hotels in Zoetermeer, the closest to De Waterlelie is the 4* NH hotel which is located on a 1 minute walk from the station. From the hotel you can walk to De Waterlelie within 15 minutes. You can use the NH-site  or your regular booking site to make a reservation.

The hotel offers a restaurant. Other places to eat in the area:

-          Golden Garden: A Chinese restaurant in the shopping centre between the station and The Waterlelie

-          Sweet Lake Italy: This Italian restaurant is in the area, but a bit too far to walk to.

-          We are at a 10 minute drive by car or bus from the city centre of Zoetermeer (“Stadshart”), there are lots of restaurants over there.

 

John Denver related places to visit in and around Zoetermeer

In Zoetermeer, not far from De Waterlelie you will find (after some puzzling and a search) the Far-Out! geocache.

In Rotterdam you will find the Walk of Fame with John’s autograph amongst Dutch and other international celebrities.

 

Suggested places to visit in and around Zoetermeer

You will find more information about Zoetermeer here.

Den Haag (The Hague) is the 3rd city of Holland, residence of our King and the Government, Peace Palace, and many museums.  Also there are beach areas and you can walk through the dunes. West from Zoetermeer, and only 15 minutes by train.

Besides the Walk of Fame, there are many other things to see in Rotterdam, 2nd city of Holland. South from Zoetermeer and 40 minutes by train.

Delft is a lovely historical town in the area. It’s located south-west from Zoetermeer and 30 minutes by train or bus.

Well known for its cheese, but also a nice historical town is Gouda. East from Zoetermeer and only 15 minutes by train.

Leiden is the another historical town. North from Zoetermeer and 35 minutes by train.

 

Selection of other places of interest in Holland

Of course, there’s a lot more to see and do in Holland. We made a small selection for you, based on earlier experiences of John Denver fans in Holland.

Kinderdijk is a popular attraction south-east from Rotterdam. You can visit some windmills over there.

Hoge Veluwe is one of the Dutch National Parks.

Keukenhof (seasonal - Spring time) is a popular attraction in the Amsterdam area if you like flowers.

Amsterdam itself is well known for its museums, channels and Red Light District.

North from Amsterdam you there are more nice towns, like Volendam (hometown for famous Dutch singer/songwriter/JD-fan Jan Smit) and Alkmaar (where you’ll find a little Beatles museum).

In the northern part of Holland you could visit Groningen. You can also do a tour amongst the eleven cities of Friesland. Most well-known is doing the tour by ice skating, but if there’s no ice you can also do the tour by car, bike and many other ways.

In the southern part of Holland we would recommend a visit to Maastricht.