Discover Benelux, Issue 31, July 2016

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Discover Benelux | Attraction & Hotel of the Month | The Netherlands AT T R A C T I O N O F T H E M O N T H , T H E N E T H E R L A N D S

Rides and slides to keep the whole family entertained A top holiday park that is not to be missed during a stay in the Benelux is Duinrell in Wassenaar, near The Hague. It has an amusement park with over 40 rides and is home to the famous Tiki Pool with its spectacular waterslides. This year a new top attraction was opened: Wild Wings. Wild Wings is a ride for real daredevils. Visitors get buckled up in an airplane seat and have full control over their own ‘stunt plane’, allowing them to determine when and how often they wish to do flips and rolls while hovering through the air at an altitude of up to 22 metres. Does this sound like fun? Then you might also like the Toboggan Run, which speeds down the dunes; or the Falcon Rollercoaster, Mad Mill or Water Spin. For those who like it less rough, there is also plenty to do at Duinrell. This family park caters for all ages. A day in the amusement park is not complete without a visit to the Tiki Pool. This is a tropical

water slide paradise with over a kilometre of indoor slides. In some of them, a speed of 60 kilometres per hour can be reached; others feature a free fall. You will not find this anywhere else in the Benelux. The Tiki Pool is open every day of the week until 10pm, all year round. Are you thinking: this cannot possibly all be done in one day? No problem. The Holiday Park offers lovely dune bungalows (called Duingalows) and a wonderful, leafy campsite.



Leiden emanates history. Walking through the well-kept historical city centre with its beautiful canals and stately buildings is an attraction on its own. Would it not be wonderful to stay the night in one of the centuries-old canals mansions and be engulfed by history? You can, in City Hotel Nieuw Minerva. The building itself has a great story to tell. One of the most influential Dutch politicians of the 19th century once lived in one of the houses that now make up City Hotel Nieuw Minerva. “Johan Rudolph Thorbecke, chairman of the commission that wrote the Constitution of the Netherlands in 1848, boarded here for several years when he was a student at Leiden University,” tells the hotel owner, Jet Bos. And there is more; Bos reveals that the bed in 96 | Issue 31 | July 2016

Nieuw Minerva’s Stately Room actually once belonged to Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, the younger brother of Napoléon Bonaparte, who was the King of Holland from 1806 to 1810. All of the 34 rooms have their own unique style and theme. There is a Delft Blue Comfort Room, a Superior Room of the Angels and a very luxurious suite. But a truly unique room is the Rembrandt Room. “The box-bed in this room is an exact replica of the one Rembrandt used to sleep in. Well, not exactly; it is bigger. In those days people slept sitting up. Our boxbed is a comfortable two-sleeper.” Hotel Nieuw Minerva is located on 23 Boommarkt in Leiden, in the heart of the city; and on the quayside of the Rhine River, so also accessible by boat.