City Guide: The Hague
The Hague is a great city to discover. The impressive Peace Palace which houses the International Court of Justice and a big beachfront are just two of many more awesome things in The Hague. Whether it is great shopping opportunities, impressive historical buildings or the possibility to swim in the Atlantic – The Hague has a lot to offer!
Reviewing the city of The Hague is not the easiest task as I honestly don’t know where to begin. Modern highrises as well as traditional brick houses alike characterize The Hague’s cityscape.
Admiring Peace Palace
Even though it was autumn when we visited The Hague, we decided to go for a long walk to the beachfront of the Dutch city.
But before reaching it, we got the opportunity to admire the impressive Peace Palace as it was on our way.
Not any surprisingly, we were not the only fans of the Neo-Renaissance building taking a picture of it!
The Lively beachfront of The Hague
It took a while, I guess about half an hour, before we finally reached the beach. Of course, it is awesome to be at a sandy beach in Western Europe, but what amazed us way more was the lively promenade behind!
There are lots of restaurants and bars, believe me!
Exploring the inner city of The Hague
The Hague’s inner city definitely has a lot to explore! There are the Royal Palace and its Gardens, many museums, statues and monuments as well as shops, bars and restaurants.
Since 2013, Royal Palace or Noordeinde Palace, as it’s called in Dutch, is the working place for King Willem-Alexander.
Located right behind the Palace is its garden. The Hague’s Royal Palace Garden is the perfect spot to indulge in an oasis of green nature!
Also beautiful to see are the Government buildings. When having the Hofvijver, somewhat a small lake in the city, between you and the buildings, it is definitely the best perspective and has a lot of flair!
Mauritshuis is not only interesting regarding its architecture and exterior in general, but also when it comes to the inside. Housing the Royal Picture Gallery, Mauritshuis is a real hidden gem in The Hague!
New Passage is a huge pedestrian zone in the heart of The Hague. Not only are there many shops and restaurants, but also some hotels like Novotel Suites have real prime locations.
What most of you know being De Passage is a covered shopping street which was built in the 19th century. The special thing about De Passage is the repertoire of high quality products.
Kloosterkerk is a protestant church in the heart of The Hague. Not palatially, but still nice to see as the architecture of Kloosterkerk is rather plain.
Despite the impression you got so far from a rather historical The Hague, the town hall is quite the opposite! Modern design, very bright and definitely worth a look!
Kind of hidden are the Royal Stables of The Hague. They do exist, but are not publically accessible. I might be wrong, but I think it is possible to make a tour.
Last but not least, some general impressions of the life, style and streets in The Hague cannot be missed!