Amsterdam Day Trips: Discover the Historic Treasures of The Hague

Amsterdam Day Trips: Discover the Historic Treasures of The Hague

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.

The Hague,

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.

Originating

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.

Another

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.

Arguably

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.

The nearby

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.

Visitors

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

here.