The Hague is one of the most extraordinary cities in Holland. Not just because it is the 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’.
Miniature city Madurodam
In Miniature city Madurodam you will see the canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market or parts of the Deltaworks, all replicated in minute detail on a 1:25 scale. Windmills turn, ships sail and modern trains are traversing the city on the world’s largest miniature railway.
The Peace Palace, a gift from the American Andrew Carnegie, houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, the Hague Academy of International Law and a library of books on international law.
The Gemeentemuseum reveals the remarkable qualities of the latest creation of architect H.P. Berlage (1863-1934). Special attention is devoted to Art Nouveau round 1900 and the fully refurbished period rooms.
Lucent Danstheatre and Dr Anton Philipszaal offer a unique combination of a dance theatre and concert hall of international allure. The Lucent Danstheatre houses the Dutch famous dance group ‘Nederlands Danstheater’, whereas the Dr Anton Philipszaal is home for the famous ‘Residentie Orkest’.
The Netherlands is a very compact country. You can drive from one side to the other within 3 hours. Outside the region of The Hague there are many special places, which can be easily visited, if so desired. You can find some of these tourist attractions below.
Delft is renowned all over the world as the city of Delft blue earthenware. Delft was one of the homeports of the Dutch East India Company. When the Delft potters became acquainted with the imported Chinese porcelain, they began manufacturing Delftware with designs based on these patterns, which is nowadays still made by hand. (app. 10 km from The Hague).
Amsterdam, capital of Holland. Probably know from the romantic canals, the 600.000 bikes, the exciting nightlife and flower market. However, Amsterdam offers more. It has a wide range of places of interest, historical monuments and more than 50 museums. Arts and antiques are for sale in quaint quarters, fashionable and upscale products in chic shopping streets. (app 55 km from The Hague).
The Royal Painting Cabinet Mauritshuis
The Royal Painting Cabinet Mauritshuis is housed in one of Holland’s most outstanding classicist buildings. Its intimate character and the exceptional quality of its collection (e.g. Vermeer, Rembrandt and Potter) make the Mauritshuis a favourite destination for its many visitors.
Museum Beelden aan Zee
Museum Beelden aan Zee is located near the beach and houses a permanent collection of sculptures with ‘human beings’ as most important theme. The museum has indoor and outdoor exhibitions, which change very often.
The ‘Binnenhof’ (inner bailey of the castle) lies around the Hall of Knights. This square used to be surrounded by walls. Nowadays the Binnenhof is home to the Dutch Parliament.
A fascinating view of the old fishing village of Scheveningen in 1881. The showpiece at the Panorama Mesdag is an enormous cylinder shaped painting by H.W. Mesdag, his wife Sientje and the painters Blommers, Breitner and De Bock. Panorama Mesdag is one of the largest and most beautiful panoramas left in the world.
Rotterdam The city that is so unlike Holland’s other cities. Located on the mighty Maas River. The world’s number 1 port. City with outstanding architecture and delightful culture. City with an abundance of attractions, festivals and museums. A swinging, young city culture and excellent shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes. Whatever your interests are, whatever you want to do, Rotterdam is sure to pleasantly surprise you! (app. 25 km from The Hague).