Tourist Places to Visit in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, Europe
Zoetermeer is one of the major cities of the Netherlands located in the South Holland province, around 30 km from Rotterdam, 15 km from The Hague and 55 km southwest of the national capital, Amsterdam. It comes under the Haaglanden conurbation and is the 3rd largest city of the province in terms of population, behind Rotterdam and The Hague.
Geography of Zoetermeer:
Lying between 52°4′ N latitude and 4°30′ E longitude, the municipality of Zoetermeer is spread over an area of 37.05 of which 34.55 sq. km is land area.
History of Zoetermeer:
The literal meaning of Zoetermeer in local language is “Sweet Lake” which may be derived from the former fresh lake in the northern part of the city. Until 1966, Zoetermeer was a small village and its real development began with the housing needs from The Hague people in Zoetermeer.
Connectivity to Zoetermeer:
The closest airport to Zoetermeer is Rotterdam The Hague Airport, operating flights from and to Antalya, Dalaman, Faro, Valencia, Vienna, Marrakech, Prague, Rome, Rhodes, Salzburg, Split and London. This airport is located around 25 km away from the heart of Zoetermeer.
Bus services are provided from the airport to Zoetermeer and in addition, taxis are also always available for visitors’ service.
Zoetermeer has an upgraded local transportation system, catered by luxury buses, taxis and rental vehicles like cars, bikes and bicycles.
Food and Shopping in Zoetermeer:
The ‘het Stadshart’ is the major shopping centre in Zoetermeer housing many reputed shopping outlets including WE, C&A, and Hema. The Dorpsstraat is another famous shopping site in Zoetermeer.
Following are the nice restaurants in Zoetermeer:
- Hofstede Meerzigt
- Shabu Shabu
- Hoeve Kromwijk
- De Bakkerswinkel
Things to do in Zoetermeer:
- Indoor skiing and snowboarding
- Rafting and canoeing
- Watching movies
Places to see in Zoetermeer:
The old church:
The old church of Zoetermeer is the main religious site as well as tourist attraction of the city, located on the Dorpsstraat. It was initially constructed in the 16th century, designed by the Italian architect Guidici in the Classicist architectural style.
Windmill “de Hoop”:
Located on the Stationstraat in Zoetermeer, the Windmill “de Hoop” is allowed for public during working hours. The present structure of the windmill dates back to 1896.
The Stadsmuseum Zoetermeer or Zoetermeer City Museum is a typical museum displaying the history of Zoetermeer with exhibitions and objects.
Other places of interests in and around Zoetermeer are as follows:
- Watertower “De Tien Gemeenten”
- Utopolis Cinema
- Dutch Water Dreams
- Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
- Peace Palace in The Hague
- Bredius Museum
- Lange Voorhout
- Museum de Gevangenpoort
- Paleis Huis ten Bosch
- Louwman Museum
- Paleis Noordeinde
- Escher in Het Paleis
- Panorama Mesdag
- De Verdieping van Nederland
- Oude Stadhuis
Best time to visit Zoetermeer:
Throughout the year is best, especially the summer months (from May to October) will be ideal to enjoy holidays in Zoetermeer.
Accommodation Options in Zoetermeer:
Zoetermeer is a colorful city with many large shopping centres, palatial festivals and natural tourist destinations. Due to the frequent visit of international tourists, Zoetermeer houses many modernized accommodation centres with latest amenities. The prominent hotels in and around Zoetermeer include:
- Tulip Inn Zoetermeer Centre
- Hotel De Sniep
- Hotel Zoetermeer Golden Tulip
- NH Zoetermeer
- B & B Aan het Balij
- Golden Tulip Zoetermeer Centre
- WestCord Hotel Delft
- Buitengoed De Uylenburg
- Residenz Stadslogement
- Carlton Ambassador Hotel
- Ambassade Arena Art-Suites
- Holiday Inn Express The Hague
- Crowne Plaza Den Haag
- BEST WESTERN Hotel Petit
- Court Garden Hotel
- Parkhotel Den Haag