Fancy boulevards, majestic houses and rich counts! Everything about The Hague is elegant and royal! How could the Nosy Suitcase miss that?
The Hague represents the political capital of the Netherlands, being the seat of the Dutch cabinet, the States General, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State. The Hague is known as the International City of Peace and Justice and it is home to the International Criminal Court and the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal.
So spread the peace and put these awesome places on your bucket lists!
How to spend 1 day and a half in The Hague?
Het Binnenhof and the Ridderzaal
I like stories and I like to discover every country’s heritage and roots. A visit to the Parliament is almost “mandatory” for every country that I visit. Let’s enter the Binnenhof, the oldest House of Parliament in the world that is still in use. It was built in the 13th century to serve as a residence for the counts of Holland and in 1584 it became the political center of the Dutch Republic. Nowadays, it represents the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The Gothic Ridderzaal (or the Knight’s Hall) forms the center of the Binnenhof. It is where the King holds his annual speech from the throne on the Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day).
2. Mauritshuis Museum
Who doesn’t like art? Or who doesn’t like gazing at famous paintings by Vermeer, Rembrandt or Rubens and try to guess what the artist had in mind? The museum houses a world-famous collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, so you can get an idea of how life was for the Dutch in the 15 – 18 centuries.
3. The Peace Palace
How great it would be if all the world would respect this dictum: “May all beings find peace”! The Peace Palace, erected in 1913, embodies the unity and the dream of peace for the whole humanity. To reinforce this sentiment, an Eternal Peace Flame burns beside the entrance of the building, also the palace has been surrounded in 2004 by the World Peace Path, which consists of a path of 196 large and small stones from 196 countries. It is said that these stones include a piece of stone from the Berlin Wall and a stone from Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years.
Hop on the tram with me and let’s go to the beach! There are plenty of trams in the city center so you can take any of these: 1, 9, 11 and the trips lasts only 15 minutes. Hurry up! The North Sea awaits with its marvelous colored seashells! Be aware, even though it’s summer, the temperatures won’t go very high and it can be pretty chilly and windy. The Dutch are not scared by 17C and you can see them in their bathing suits or swim in the cold water. I had luck with a sunny day and welcoming sand!
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