THE HAGUE CITY GUIDE
Located on the coast of South Holland, The Hague is a multicultural melting pot that’s fast becoming one of the most sought after travel hot spots in Europe. With numerous international courts and EU institutions based within its boundaries, this affluent city is often referred to as the judicial capital of the world, giving it a continental flavour that is markedly different from other Dutch destinations.
Being one of the most diverse cities in the world, you’ll find no shortage of things to do in The Hague. A visit will present you with awe inspiring landmarks, museums crammed with national treasures, world-class shopping and a surprising amount of green space.
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The Hague: Cultural Hub
As an international city, some of the country's best museums and attractions are based in The Hague. Head to the Escher Museum, housed in the former palace of the Queen Mother, to see the wonderful work of the internationally acclaimed artist, with the top floor full of interactive illusions that offer a true insight into his unique style.
Visit the world-famous Mauritshuis to admire the Royal Cabinet of Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, then wander through the inner court of Dutch politics next door. The 'Binnenhof'is the oldest House of Parliament in the world still in use, and tourists can walk past the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), the venue where the King holds his annual Speech from the Throne.
The Hague is a Cycling Centre
The Netherlands is a country renowned for its bicycle culture, with the flat landscape making it easy for cyclists of all levels to get around quickly and safely. Away from the bustling pace of Amsterdam, The Hague makes for pleasant and relaxing rides for the whole family, with beautiful scenery at every turn.
Rent a bike at Centraal Station and head north to spot deer in Koekamp Park, then east into the Haagse Bos, where a short ride through this delightfully picturesque forest will take you to the Huis den Bosch - the palace that the Dutch royal family often use as a residence.
Another great cycle route is north west from the centre along the wooded Scheveningseweg, past the stunning Peace Palace (site of the International Court of Justice), through the old town district on Keizerstraat and up to the beautiful beach, where you will find a wide range of excellent bars and restaurants on the seafront.
Live Like a ‘Haagse’ Local
For a real insight into true Dutch culture, take the tram or train to Delft, just fifteen minutes away and the birthplace of Johannes Vermeer. Learn about its traditional blue pottery and take a boat trip down the canal. Look out for gorgeous old buildings like the leaning tower of the Oude Kerk, as well as the Nieuwe Kerk, which houses the royal crypt of the House of Orange-Nassau.
Upon your return to The Hague, enjoy afternoon tea at the Hotel des Indes on the famous tree-lined boulevard of Lange Voorhout, followed by a glass of wine in the evening sun on the roof terrace at Grand Cafe Haagse Bluf.
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