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Rijswijk[1] is a city in the province South Holland in the Netherlands. It is a small city, wihich evolved around a tiny city core. The name is derived of 'rijshout', a type of wood which grew in the area and the word 'wijc', which was used for settlement in medieval times.


Rijswijk has a population of about 46.000 and has few touristic attractions, but is one of the older townships in the country. It is a suburb of Den Haag and is attached to it, but it has kept it's independence in many ways. The inhabitants will remind everybody of the fact that it is not Den Haag.


Rijswijk was built in the Dutch coastal area, which used to be classified with the riverdelta. The coastal line was situated through Rijswijk at 3700BC, but gradually moved west over time. The oldest traces of inhabitants date back to 3500BC; in the new stone age. The 'Oude Kerk' (translated as 'Old Church') has played a part in the coming to be of the current village centre. Around 1200AD the Oude Kerk was built on a Roman predecessor. Around 1500AD the current church, which is still present, came to be. The village pump was built in 1831. Until then a bucked was used to get water from the old city well.

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  • Not.

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  • A stop Train goes twice every hour between Rotterdam (Centraal) and Den Haag (Centraal), stopping at Rijswijk (among others).

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  • The township Rijswijk is reachable from highways:
    • A4 (Amsterdam and Leiden (direction South) en Delft (direction North))
    • A13 (Delft and Rotterdam (direction north)). The highway A13 changes just before the Hoornbrug into a normal road, leading into Rijswijk.
  • From Leidschendam Voorburg, a traveller can choose almost any road leading south-west to get to Rijswijk, because they are adjecent to eachother.
  • From the central part of neighbouring Den Haag, between the Rijswijkseweg and the Loevesteijnlaan, one travels south-east to get to Rijswijk.

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The 'Haagse Salonboot' [2] offers the possibility to travel from and to Rijswijk from Den Haag or Delft with an antique salonboat.

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Rijswijk is a beautiful Dutch town. It's a great place to have a drink in the tiny city core and see the great sites it has to offer.

  • Old Church. Dates from the 15th century AD, built on an old Roman Chapel from around 1200AD.  edit
  • Sint-Bonifatiuskerk Rijswijk. A Neogothic Roman Catholic church, used from 1897.  edit
  • Old City pump and Well. The well, used from 1550AD, has been in service until 1929.  edit
  • City Pump. The pump, a replacement for the bucket, used to get water from the old city well, was built in 1831.  edit
  • Museum Rijswijk[3], Herenstraat 67, Tel: +31 (0)70-3903617, fax +31 (0)70-3368880. email: [email protected] Tu t/m Fri en Za 11-17 uur, Su 14-17u, Ma gclosed. CJP, 65+ and until 12 years - € 1,60, Adults - € 2,30. MJK and Friends of Museum Rijswijk - free.

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  • The Grand Winston Hotel, Generaal Eisenhowerplein 1, Tel: +31 (0)70 - 4141 500
  • Bastion Hotel Den Haag/Rijswijk, Polakweg 12, Tel: +31 (0)70 - 3070169
  • Hotel Pension Margaretha, Geestbrugweg 18, Tel: +31 (0)70 - 3994563


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