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The Story of Wasenaar

The upscale resort and commuter town of 26,000 is the residence of many captains of industry, politicians and ambassadors, partly because of its proximity to the seat of government in The Hague. In the 1840ís - when the village itself had 1300 inhabitants - it included such hamlets as Den Deijl, Leijdschekant, Veenzijde, Haagkant, Duinkant, Smokkelbrug, Oostdorp and Zeeduinen.

Part of its long history is preserved in the protestant church of which some parts originate from the 11th and 12th centuries. Some of Wassenaar's current attraction are because of the many tourist amenities within its boundaries or nearby: recently ex-panded miniature park Madurodam, the Duinrell Park, the dune nature park Meijendel and the nature reserve Waterleidingduinen, the part of the dunes where the city of The Hague obtains its drinking water.

Famous sons: mr. J. Kohnstamm (1949) politician; prof. Nicolaas Mansvelt (1852) teacher.