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Schaatsen op de Hofvijver in Den Haag

Er wordt, ijs en weder dienende, al bijna vierhonderd jaar geschaatst op de Hofvijver in Den Haag. Ook nu weer is het mogelijk rondjes te maken op één van de meest romantische natuurijsbanen van Nederland.

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Ice skating on the Hofvijver in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Hofvijver, 'Court Pond', is an artificial lake in The Hague, the Netherlands, first dug out by the counts of Holland in the late 13C. Originally a natural body of water among the sand dunes, the Court Pond was extended over the years. The excavated sand was piled up on the north side of the lake to form the elevated area known as the Lange Vijverberg, now occupied by a graciously curving line of mostly 18C mansions. The 17C buildings along the short side of the lake, the Korte Vijverberg, include the city's historical museum, the Queen's Cabinet and the Mauritshuis museum (on the far left on the above picture). On the south side of the lake (right on the photo) is the famous building complex called the Binnenhof, the setting for much of the country's history and the seat of the two houses of its parliament, the States General. When frozen the Hofvijver is one of the most romantic places in the Netherlands to ice skate.

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Taken on February 7, 2012