The Hague or ‘Den Haag’ in Dutch, is one of the most attractive cities in The Netherlands. The Hague is also known as ‘the Royal City by the Sea’ and is called ‘the Residence city’. The Hague is the 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 an increasingly vibrant cafe and terrace culture. The Hague has many foreign visitors and part of the famous University Leiden is also located in The Hague. The Hague fortunately misses massive tourists crowds so far. 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 The Hague in the headlines. The Hague is also the city where foreign embassies in the Netherlands are based, giving the City a vibrant international community of expats.
Sight & museums
The Hague has developed into a city of international allure and importance, a never-ending story: a little bit of history is added every day. The Hague contains the most historic sites per square meter in The Netherlands, such as 2 royal palaces, the government building and the Peace Palace. It’s also possible to discover the largest painting in the World: Panorama painted by famous Dutch artist Mesdag, or to discover exquisite works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondriaan at the Mauritshuis and Kunstmuseum.
The Hague is also an 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.
City by the sea
Like no other city in the Netherlands, The Hague offers a unique combination of city life and leisurely beach life. The city’s two seaside resorts – Scheveningen and Kijkduin – and nearby Wassenaar all boast lovely wide sandy beaches that attract locals and foreign visitors alike. Using a bike to the beach or city center is a nice way to discover it all. The city center can be reached within 5-10 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. The Royal Family is also known as The House of Orange and you will see its presence in the historical monuments, residential and working palaces, royal thoroughfares and horse-drawn coaches.
Find also more information about the city on denhaag.com