Park Schoonoord is the little brother of Het Park (check out Het Park article), but don’t miss the chance to visit this small hidden green gem. Like its big brother this garden was designed by the Zochers around 1860, but the atmosphere is quite different. To me it feels more like a little forest with densely planted trees and almost overgrown benches along the pool with Japanese carps. I heard that in the beginning this park looked much more like its big neighbor but time and different owners have given park Schoonoord its unique character. Due to the Foundation Schoonoord it is maintained perfectly and also important, it’s possible to visit this garden for free.
Although Park Schoonoord is wedged between some villas along the Parklaan on one hand and a housing complex at Westzeedijk (which is actually quite interesting from an architectural point of view) on the other side, it doesn’t seem like you’re in a very urban area anymore. The garden is open to the public, but once inside the feeling of exploring a secret spot takes over.
Escape from the bustling of the city for a while and dive into the world of Schoonoord.