THE HAGUE, ROYAL CITY NEAR THE SEA
Hardly any other city in Holland has as many attractions as The Hague. In this regard, the royal city by the sea occupies a leading position in Europe. Visit the parliament buildings or take a selfie in front of the world famous Peace Palace. Do take a boat through The Hague’s canals or relax on the beach of Scheveningen.
The Hague offers a wealth of impressive art. Be inspired by the unique Hague museums and wonderful exhibits in the many galleries. Discover the largest painting in the Netherlands: Panorama Mesdag. Admire the exquisite works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondrian at the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum.
The Hague is the only big city in the Netherlands with a beach directly on the North Sea coast. The city boasts many monuments, chic hotels, and a political heart. The government of Holland is run from the historic Binnenhof and the King’s office palace can be found on the Noordeinde. You can visit beautiful art museums and a day of high-end shopping. The tram will convey you from the city center to Scheveningen and Kijkduin in just twenty minutes, where you can enjoy the sun (maybe), beach and sea.
With a metropolitan population of more than 1 million, it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
The city most photographed building
Admire the most photographed building in The Hague: the Peace Palace. The International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration are based here. This beautiful building and its organizations ensure that The Hague is rightly recognized as the city of Peace and Justice. The Visitors Centre of the Peace Palace has an impressive interactive exhibition on war and peace.
The Netherlands in miniature
Miniature theme park Madurodam in The Hague is the ultimate place to discover what makes Holland so unique within a short period of time. Canal houses, tulip fields, cheese market, a wooden shoes factory, windmills, the Peace Palace, the Delta Works: you will find them all in Madurodam!
The political heart of the Netherlands
The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings in the city centre next to the Hofvijver. It houses the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands , as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
Royal The Hague
The Palace Noordeinde (‘Paleis Noordeinde’) with its gracefully landscaped garden is situated on the Noordeinde. Compared to other European palaces, Noordeinde is modest and enjoys a wonderful location on one of The Hague’s shopping streets. After looking at the latest fashion, you could suddenly find yourself at the gates of this working palace.
Hip or in style
The Hague is the perfect city for shopping in style. As its name suggests, the Court District, is the perfect venue. You will also find typical Hague chic around Denneweg. Hip The Hague makes its mark behind the Great Church in Prinsestraat. In addition to the countless Asian delicatessens in Chinatown, the city centre has flagship stores such as the Bijenkorf.
Vermeer’s sensual Girl with the Pearl Earring hangs alongside masterpieces by Rembrandt, Rubens and Jan Steen. See how precisely Fabritius painted Goldfinch, made famous by the book of the same title by Donna Tartt. Or view depictions of the Dutch winter by painters such as Avezaath. The Bull by Potter is impressive. Located at a unique 17th-century palace, the Mauritshuis is a real must visit.
A magical illusion
This magical, monumental painting of astonishing charm and beauty is the oldest panorama still on its original site. Look 360º around you and experience the magical optical illusion created by this panorama of Scheveningen from 1881. The view is never the same: the incidence of light is more than magnificent and changes from moment to moment.
City beside the sea
The Hague has 11 kilometres of beach in its back yard, which is certainly worth a visit. Enjoy a long beach walk, a day of paddling, strolling along the boulevard or building giant sandcastles beside the waves. The beach is also perfect for a variety of beach sports, from surfing to competitions in The Hague Beach Stadium. Beach life and city life go together in The Hague!