The Hague is the capital of the province ‘Zuid-Holland’. It is a city near by the sea and has a coastline of 11 kilometers. It is the third in line of the biggest municipal of the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague knows a long history. Since 1358 The Hague was an important place to stay for the kings. Hereby, all the public authorities take place in this city. The fishing village Scheveningen was in the Middle Ages already connected to The Hague. The Hague has never got city rights. The city counts eight districts. Every district has it’s own office in which you can find the municipal. The division is made by the city council in 1988
The city is connected to national and international courts like the international criminal courts, the international court of justice and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Besides the city has the ‘Hague Academic Coalition’. These are different academic institutes in the field of international relations, international law and international development. The Hague is an important city for the United Nations. Since the 27th of September, the city has add the motto’s ‘peace and rights’ to his municipal weapon for the place the city takes over 100 years in the field of international right and peace policy.
The Hague is also the place to be for the Royal family. There are a lot of regal routes, carriages with horses and live- and work palaces like palace Noordeinde, were the King of the Netherlands; Willem Alexander works. Besides you can find in The Hague the ‘Binnenhof’. Here you can see all the political parties of the Netherlands and the first and second chamber. It is also the working place for our prime minister. Every day meetings between the political parties take also place in the ‘Binnenhof’.
There are a lot of different things you can do in The-Hague. For instance you can shop very well. De shops in the historical center are open 7 days a week. Big department stores are on walking distance from modern fashion boutiques and concept stores around the Royal palaces. When you go closer to the see, there are nice neighborhoods in which you can find special shops. For the cultural ones there are lots of different museums in the city. In the Municipal museum you can find paints from famous painters. Furthermore there is the museum Panorama Mesdag, the biggest painting of the Netherlands. Of course there are lots of terraces, restaurants, cinema’s and a theater too. For the young one’s are there nice guided tours at the ‘Binnenhof’ an the Municipal museum. A relaxing day at the beach with children is always a good idea. Enough to do in The Hague!
On the website of the tourist office of The Hague, you can find al the restaurants, night life opportunities and other activities. Or visit the tourist office by yourself!
2511 BT Den Haag
Telephone number: (+31) (0) 70-3618860
Tuesday: 10:00 – 12:00 hrs
Wednesday: 10:00 – 12:00 hrs
Friday: 10:00 – 20:00 hrs
Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 hrs
Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00 hrs
and public holidays
See you in The Hague!