The Hague is the only large city in the Netherlands which is located by the sea. The neighbouring seaside resort of Scheveningen has an 11-kilometre coastline. The Hague is also the political capital of the Netherlands, home to the Dutch government and the parliament. This is also the place where the royal family resides.

Political Capital 

A visit to the Binnenhof, one of the oldest parliament buildings in Europe, is a must for anyone staying in The Hague. There you can visit the ‘Torentje’ (the little tower), which is the Dutch Prime Minister’s office. The palace 'Paleis Noordeinde' is where King Willem-Alexander has his working quarters. Every year the royal procession leaves from the palace to go to the Ridderzaal, the main building of the 13th-century Binnenhof, for the state opening of Parliament. Nearly all embassies and ministries are based in The Hague. It is also the home of many national and international judicial institutions, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

City by the sea

The centre of The Hague is only a quarter of an hour from the beach. And this is not just any old beach: Scheveningen is the most popular seaside resort in the Netherlands. Formerly an independent fishing village, it is now a port of regional significance. It boasts a wide, sandy beach and a range of sand dunes. You can enjoy yourself on Scheveningen beach in any season, whether relaxing on a lounger in the sun or taking a brisk walk on the sand. In both cases you can breathe in the salty sea air and let your gaze roam the far horizon.

Culture in The Hague

The Hague lives and breathes culture. It is the home of Vermeer’s famous painting ‘Girl with a pearl earring’. The Mauritshuis museum in The Hague displays world-renowned masterpieces from the Golden Age. For abstract and non-figurative art, you can visit the Gemeentemuseum in the Statenkwartier neighbourhood. This museum has the world’s largest collection of paintings by Piet Mondriaan. The artist continues to be a source of inspiration for many architects and designers in the applied arts.

Shopping

As well as offering a wide range of art and culture, The Hague is also a trendy paradise for shoppers. If you love fashion, lifestyle and design, you should head for the Denneweg. This used to be the street for antiques and now you will find specialist shops offering great service. Around Paleis Noordeinde are attractive cobbled streets. This neighbourhood has a very special range of exclusive boutiques, galleries, and shops selling antiques and art. Here you might bump into the country’s Queen Máxima or members of the royal family.

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