Holland’s “Royal City”, The Hague is the seat of Holland’s parliament and government and the residence of its royal family. The Hague is a very spacious city, with wide-open green areas and plenty of exciting modern architecture as well as some of the North Sea’s best beaches.
Why visit The Hague?
Amsterdam may be Holland’s commercial capital but The Hague was the country’s original first city. The home of the country’s royals and also the seat of its government, The Hague gives an entirely different view of Dutch culture than the likes of Amsterdam, which makes it a perfect place for a holiday.
The Hague has some excellent beaches, with over 5 miles of attractive coastline to explore. Nearby Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort with a long, sweeping beach, a pier, a lighthouse and an esplanade. The beach is a popular area for water sports such as kiteboarding or windsurfing.
The Hague is 43 miles down the coast from our IJmuiden port, meaning you can drive there in under an hour, so if you live in the north of England or Scotland then our
route is the best route for you.
If you live in the south of England then you can access The Hague
from our Dunkirk port,
via Belgium, in approximately 3 hours.
What to see in The Hague
The Hague is home to the oldest parliamentary building that is still in use. Binnenhof was built in the 13th century and is a great example of classic European gothic architecture.
Vredespaleis, or the “Peace Palace” in English, was built between 1907 and 1913 as a symbol of The Hague’s role in international law and order. It houses busts of several people involved in actively campaigning for peace throughout the world, as well as gifts from other countries.
The Hague is also home to a lot of famous works of art. Het Paleis has an excellent display of the mind-bending works of M C Escher, located just 5 minutes from the city centre.
Gemeentemuseum includes pieces by Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, as well as rotating exhibitions from other artists. Mauritshuis (the Royal Picture Gallery) is famous as the home of the Vermeer masterpiece, The Girl with the Pearl Earring.
The Louwman Automuseum is an excellent automobile museum which contains everything from classic cars and famous vehicles to motorcycles, coaches and more. With over 230 vehicles on display, it’s one of the continent’s best collections of cars and automobiles.
The Hague has wider streets than
Rotterdam, with no canals, giving the city a continental feel and making it the perfect place to lose yourself. The international courts and the UN buildings help with this cosmopolitan feel. You will find a range of restaurants and bars inspired by cuisine from all over the world in The Hague.
Where to stay in The Hague
The Hague has plenty of places to stay, whether you’re after a luxury hotel or something a little bit cheaper, you’ll be able to find something with our accommodation partner, Booking.com.
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