February 24, 2016
Everyone who lives in The Hague or visites the city knows this place: the Court Pound in the middle of the city center.
This pound has a lot of history to it, let me tell you more about that. First of all, the term pond is a misnomer, as the pound (named Hofvijver) has its origin in a natural dune lake fed by the Haagse Beek. This creek still feeds the Hofvijver and the pond is directly connected to the dunes in Kijkduin.
In the 14th century count Albert decided on the shape and changed the pound into a rectangular one. In the 17th century the Hofvijver got quays, around 1800 the Binnenhof was still encircled by a moat and was only accessible by bridges. In the 19th century they made it even bigger. In front of the Haags Historisch Museum you find a small old dockyard into the pound. Did you know that they used this to wash the horses?
Nowadays it’s one of the prettiest places in town and loads of events take place every year on the water. What about Festival Classique (huge floating stage), waterskiing or the World Championship Beach Volleyball (complete stadion on the water)? Pretty insane, right?
4 Winters ago there was ice on the pound and I walked towards the little (no named) island in the middle of the water. To be honest, it was surreal. I had been watching this island for years and finally I set foot on it! One thing I’m dreaming of is ice skating on this pound during Winter.
Fingers crossed for next Winter!
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