Pretentious and potential…Voorburg

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Kindergarten. On that little wall is where I got my first kiss :)

My roots

From the age of three till about eighteen, I lived in Voorburg, a suburb of the government's seat The Hague. I say it is a suburb of The Hague but for Voorburgers (as the inhabitants are called) it has always been the other way around. They take pride in the fact that in 1828 Voorburg obtained city rights and The Hague didn’t. So, Voorburg with its 40,000 ‘citizens’ considered The Hague (with 250,000 people) their suburb and called it a village. You can’t accuse the Voorburgers of lack of humor :) As Voorburg is the place I grew up in, I have many recollections of ‘firsts’ there.

This sidewalk was my entire world for many years :)
My first bicycle, my first day at school, first bus and tram ride, my first kiss, my first time… ehummm… well, let us leave it with many firsts. As my world grew larger and larger with every year, experience and trip abroad, Voorburg somehow became smaller and smaller, so it seemed. Despite Voorburgs humorous attitude, in truth it is a pretentious village. Nevertheless, my roots lay here and for that reason alone Voorburg will always have a special place in my heart.

 

A bit of history

As early as 2700BC people lived here. In one of the museums, archeological findings are displayed. Many of the findings date from the roman period around 47 AD. In that year the Roman general Corbulo dug a canal between the rivers 'Maas' and 'Rijn'. He erected a roman camp (‘Forum Hadriani’) which later became a fortification (in Dutch a ‘burcht’).

Restaurant 'Savelberg' is where I celebrated my thirtieths birthday.
That is where Voorburg gets its name. A long time ago, it was called ‘Foreburch’, meaning a ‘frontline fortress’, later Foreburch turned into Voorburg. It has a lovely old center where many medieval buildings stand shoulder to shoulder and a church built in 1200 AD.

Due to its position near the political center of The Netherlands, a lot of the well-to-do class of the 16th, 17th and 18th century, built a country-house here. Many of those you will find along the canal ‘The Vliet’. One of those is ‘huize vreugd en rust’, a former house/palace of the royal family. These days, one of the great Dutch top-chefs runs a restaurant in it, called ‘Savelberg’. I celebrated my thirtieth birthday there a couple of ye…ehmm, not so long ago. Near to it, is the former 'orangerie', where the subtropical plants were kept during the winter.

 

Famous potentials

Voorburg is the hometown of many famous people, at least in The Netherlands.

Hofwijk, built in 1640 by and for Constantijn Huygens
Some however, made international fame. Among them are father and son Huygens (Constantijn and Christiaan). The father was a well-know writer, diplomat, scientist and composer. His son was a mathematician, physicist and astronomer. The son also was one of the first statisticians and the inventor of the pendulum clock. He formulated important laws in mechanics, discovered the rings of Saturn as well as the moon Titan. They lived in country-house ‘Hofwijk’ that Constantijn had built in 1640 and that is now a museum. Other famous ‘children’ of Voorburg are Barry Hay and  Cesar Zuiderwijk, lead singer and drummer of the rock band ‘Golden Earring’ which is known for ‘Radar love’, ‘Twilight zone’ and ‘When the lady smiles’.

 

 As mentioned, I lived in Voorburg from my third till my eighteenth.

Parental home back side
I went to kindergarten there as well as primary and high school. Then I moved to Utrecht. Later, I came back to Voorburg for a year, after which I moved to Apeldoorn for additional education. After finishing management school, I moved back to Voorburg where I lived about another five years before moving to The Hague. All in all, I’ve lived in Voorburg for 21 years. You will understand there are many happy recollections and stories to tell. Well, perhaps another day…when we meet in person. For now, you will have to make do with the pictures :)

 

Happy travels and be sure to visit Voorburg when you are in the neighbourhood!

Sweetski says:
Thingy45 said he/she missed photos of 'Swaensteijn'. Swaenstijn is a double house, joined in 1632AD. The two house are built before 1512AD, when it was already mentioned in a 'tourist guide' of Voorburg. When it was built is was first in use as an inn. As with so many of the inns in those days, it was also used as a court of law, a trading place and the seat of local gouvernment. Nowadays, Huize Swaensteijn is the place where council meetings are held.

Beside Huize Swaensteijn ther is also a Museum Swaensteijn. In this museum you'll find the history of Voorburg displayed. The building itself is also worth a visit.
Posted on: Mar 20, 2008
thingy45 says:
Hi, my roots also are in Voorburg. My wedding reception was in de Koepel, en ik ging op school waar nu restaurant savelberg is. Het oude huis van Princess Marianne het wat de Montessorischool.Ik woonde eerst op het Oosteinde (vlakbij waar de Poederdot woonde),tegenover Ziekenhuis St. Antonius Hove en later op de Broekslootkade, die liep van de Rozenboomlaan tot aan de Prins Bernhardtlaan. Heerlijk dus die fotoos van de Heerenstraat enzo. Vroeger reden daar autoos door en waren er ook autoos geparkeerd, hoe was dat allemaal mogelijk.Ik heb tot aan mijn vertrek naar Canada gewerkt bij de enige Notaris van Voorburg toen Mr Mertens.Bedankt voor het Verhaal en de fotoos wat ik mis is een fotoo van Swaenesteyn
Posted on: Mar 12, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
So this is where we would have gotten up to all our mischief... :)
Posted on: Jan 05, 2008
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'De koepel', nowadays a restaurant.
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The proud Roman general Corbulo
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Lovely old store
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Narrow back passage
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Back of 'Swaensteijn'
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Huize Swaensteijn (Swan house)
Huize Swaensteijn (Swan house)
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Voorburg Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
I am a man who has everything already so, for my thirtieth birthday I didn't ask for a material gift but for a lasting memory. Therefore we had lunch … read entire review
Voorburg
photo by: Sweetski