The Hague

The Hague is the third-largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It is located in the west of the country, in the province of South Holland, of which it is also the provincial capital. The city center is pretty, with quite a few nice government buildings , stately mansions (many owned by ambassadors and or embassies) good museums (Mauritshuis, Panorama Mesdag) of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, nor the cosy little canals of smaller Dutch towns.

The Hague (Den Haag in Dutch) is also the seat of several international organizations, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the International Court of Justice (ICJ), all associated with the United Nations. These give a constant international presence to The Hague.


On a beautiful day it is especially worthwhile, because the beach resort of Scheveningen (hard to pronounce) is actually part of the city. With its Pier and Casino it is one of the most fancy beach resorts of the Netherlands.

Museums – The Escher Museum is located in the former Royal Palace on the Lange Voorhout, The Haags Historical museum showcases the history of the city from the Middle Ages to the present day, Madurodam is a miniature city, containing hundreds of scale-models of Dutch landmarks in a typically Dutch miniature landscape.

Other toursit attraction – The historic Binnenhof (Inner Court) and Medieval Ridderzaal (Knights Hall), which now contains the Houses of Parliament and government offices. A good view can be obtained from the leafy Lange Vijverberg on the other side of the adjacent lake called the Hofvijver (lit. Court Pond).

Queen Beatrix residential Palace, Paleis Huis ten Bosch, can be found a little outside the city in the Haagse Bosch forest.

The Passage was The Netherlands’ first covered shopping mall. Dating from the late 19th century. it contains many expensive and speciality shops.

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