The Hague or 'Den Haag' in Dutch, is one of the most attractive cities in The Netherlands. Not only because it is our government city, but also because of its many monuments, historic districts and its location near the beautiful North Sea coastline. The Hague is also known as 'the Royal City by the Sea’ and is called ‘the Residence city’. The Hague is third-largest city in The Netherlands and is a stately, regal place filled with embassies and mansions, green boulevards and parks, a refined culinary scene, a clutch of fine museums and a sybaritic cafe culture. Conversely, its seaside suburb of Scheveningen has a loud and lively kitsch and a long stretch of beach. In the 20th century The Hague became the home of several international legal institutions, including the UN's International Court of Justice, which regularly holds trials that put Den Haag in the headlines. This is also where foreign embassies in the Netherlands are based, giving the City a significant international community of expats.
The Hague is a city of international importance with many faces, home to many different cultures. Once little more than a country house near a pond, The Hague has developed into a city of international character and importance, a never-ending story: a little bit of history is added every day. With the most historic sites per square meter in the Netherlands, The Hague oozes culture and history. The Hague contains many historical monuments and places such as Noordeinde Palace, the Binnenhof and the Peace Palace. It's also possible to discover the largest painting in the Netherlands: Panorama Mesdag. Or discover the exquisite works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondrian at the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum.
The Hague is the ideal city for shopping. It's small historic city centre welcomes you seven days a week to its many flagship stores and stylish boutiques. The shopping area with the popular fashion brands and retail chains is concentrated around the bustling Grote Markt. For small designer shops visit the Court Quarter with its many cosy, historic streets and squares.
Like no other city in the Netherlands, The Hague offers a unique combination of city life and beach life. The city's two seaside resorts - Scheveningen and Kijkduin - both boast lovely wide sandy beaches that attract locals and tourists alike. Getting to the historic city centre only takes you 5 minutes.
The Hague is a royal city with a high feel-good factor. After all, you might spontaneously encounter members of the Royal Family on the street or in one of 'their' stores. You'll also stumble upon the House of Orange; the many historical monuments, the presence of residential and working palaces, royal thoroughfares and horse-drawn coaches.
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