The Waalsdorpervlakte plain is closely linked to the Oranjehotel. At this location in the Wassenaar dunes, about 2.5 km from the Oranjehotel, the German forces of occupation executed over 250 people during the Second World War. Those executed spent the night before their death in a cell on the D-row in the Oranjehotel, after which they were transported by truck to this site.
Bronze replicas of the execution crosses are part of the Waalsdorp resistance memorial. Four of the original wooden crosses can be seen in the permanent exhibition. The imposing Bourdon bell, which is rung every year on the National Remembrance Day, was placed in 1959. The monument is managed by the Association Erepeloton Waalsdorp. Would you like to go to the Waalsdorpervlakte on foot or by bicycle? Download the free route below.