Accessible from Amsterdam Central Station in under
one hour, the Netherlands’ seat of government comprises an elegant setting that
blends history with modernity and boasts numerous attractions to entertain and
captivate its visitors.
or Den Haag as it is locally known, lies south west of Amsterdam, wonderfully
situated along the North Sea coast. With a population of just over 500,000, the
country’s former capital is the third largest metropolis in the Netherlands and
grants a home to countless lavish embassies, stately homes and international
organisations, such as the International Criminal Court. With its ample green
spaces, tree lined avenues, cultural delights and its abundance of cafes,
restaurants and stores, The Hague makes an absorbing excursion easily reachable
from your Amsterdam apartment.
somewhere in the early 1200s, the city arose around a hunting dwelling built by
Count Floris IV, which subsequently became a sprawling palace known as the
Binnenhof. This impressive complex still stands today and has existed as the
centre of Dutch politics for centuries, currently housing the parliament of the
Netherlands. Affording excellent photo opportunities due to its picturesque
location alongside the water, the Binnenhof and its adjoining Ridderzaal
(Knight’s Hall) make the perfect locale for a pleasant stroll through the
courtyards and monumental buildings.
option for those interested in world affairs is the beautiful and incredibly
historic Peace Palace, which is home to the UN International Court of Justice
and offers inspirational tours, only available through advanced bookings. Aside
from its political prowess, The Hague is also renowned for its regal presence,
accommodating the splendid Royal Palace Noordeinde, the official residence of
the new king, Willem Alexander. Cultural venues are similarly plenteous, with
recommended establishments including the exceptional Louwman Automusuem, an
absolute must for car fanatics, the unique Escher in the Palace, the domed film
theatre Omniversum, and finally the famous Mauritshuis Museum.
the city’s most popular highlight is its delightful beach resort of Scheveningen,
generally regarded as the country’s preeminent seaside spot. Attracting hordes
of sun seekers and water sports enthusiasts during the summer months, this agreeable
environment can be visited all year round for its bustling promenade, mouth
watering seafood restaurants, copious retail selection, and its wonderful
sculpture museum nestled into the neighbouring dunes.
Madurodam is another favourite for both the Dutch and tourists alike, highly
recommended for travellers visiting with children. Celebrating its 60th
anniversary in 2012, this adorable miniature park showcases a range of model
replicas of the Netherlands’ most famous landmarks, including such iconic
scenes as Dam Square and Schiphol Airport. Meticulously arranged and expertly
presented with an interactive twist, this endearing attraction allows you to
explore the country’s treasures in an amusing manner. For further information,
please visit this website.
wishing to spend a bit more time getting to know this fascinating city can book
a holiday apartment within The Hague itself, with a superb selection available