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Icons of Rijswijk - The Hoornbrug

Iconen van Rijswijk: De Hoornbrug
Surrounding municipality
Exhibition genre

The Hoornbrug and the Vliet run like a red thread through the history of Rijswijk. Without those two, the development of Rijswijk would have taken a different course. The Vliet was probably dug around 1150. About a hundred years later, the urban development of Delft and The Hague had taken on such forms that a bridge over the Vliet was indispensable for passenger and goods transport. Unfortunately, this assumption does not provide a year of construction for the Hoornbrug.

According to the archives, the 'Hornebregge' was already there in 1340 and it was probably a wooden bridge deck that rested on masonry piers. In 1601, the bridge was replaced by a completely stone bridge. Then a kind of heyday begins for the bridge and for Rijswijk. The Hoornbrug will be the reception location for high-ranking foreign visitors who will be brought to the government center of The Hague with great ostentation. But the bridge has now also become an indispensable link for the daily journey of traders, farmers and citizens. Initially on foot or with a simple cart and later by carriage, tram and car. The bridge has retained this function to this day, albeit in a constantly modified form. But despite all the changes, for a long time the bridge remained the target of walking Rijswijkers, dancing at the Molentje for tea and dinner, swimming in and rowing across the Vliet and fishing on the waterfront. Plans for a completely new bridge caused quite a stir in 2014, but it never came to fruition.

The exhibition shows the Hoornbrug in all its different guises, but also reflects on the diggers of the Vliet, the colorful range of users who have passed over and under the bridge over the centuries and the indispensable economic role that the bridge still plays. has for Rijswijk and the Randstad.

Dates and Times

27 November 12 March
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
€ 0,00 - € 10,00
t/m 18 jaar Gratis
65+ € 7,50
Normaal € 10,00
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