The Hague is the governmental city of the Netherlands. The parliament is housed in the historic buildings of the Binnenhof. The Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, has his office in the Torentje (the small tower building) that overlooks the Hofvijver.
The Hague is an attractive green city with many beautiful parks. It is also located by the sea. In Scheveningen, the Spanish architect De Solà Morales made a particularly beautiful design that makes the Boulevard swing.
The Hague has good cultural facilities and festivals, including the Crossing Border Festival. National and international writers and musicians perform at this festival with readings and surprising acts.
In the film below, Dennis Callen shows you this beautiful city.
The Hague is the second most-visited city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam because it’s a city with many attractions and a large pedestrian zone where you can wander about in old historic lanes.
Although Amsterdam is the nation’s capital, almost all of the government is headquartered here with the parliament, and the prime minister and perhaps most famous as home of the International Court of Justice, a branch of the United Nations.
This video is a practical guide for you showing exactly where are the main sites and where you should be walking to catch all of the highlights in your visit. You might think of the Hague as perhaps a modern city, as a government city and therefore maybe not so interesting to visit, but you’ll find that it’s fascinating.
Buildings dating back from the 13th century
The Hague has got a rich collection of historic buildings, some of them dating back as much as to the 13th century, amazingly, and they have been restored and renovated and kept up to date. The government is located in this complex of very old buildings in the heart of town. And yet there’s also a modern side to the city, a modern shopping mall, ultramodern skyscrapers and that wonderful pedestrian zone.
Friendly people everywhere
So altogether you’ll find The Hague has got a lovely variety of kinds of neighborhoods and attractions, historic sites, shopping areas, museums, and just friendly people everywhere, and everywhere, bicycles. The two closest main cities are Delft and Leiden, both of which make a good home base for visiting The Hague on a day trip, only 15 minutes away by train.