The Hague – city of elegance and diversity
The Hague may increasingly be known as the ‘Legal Capital of the World’, but with the sophistication of its city centre, its easy-going elegance and the beach and buzzing nightlife at Scheveningen, The Hague is also a city of exciting diversity.
With its monumental government buildings, its palaces and embassies, its statues and fountains and a breathtaking array of 21st century architecture and design, The Hague is a treasured national icon. Click here to see a video on what the Hague has to offer.
The Hague offers a unique blend of cultural elegance, innovative architecture and a relaxed, confident style. From the majestic Peace Palace, home of the International Court of Justice, to the city’s imposing modern skyline, The Hague is an impressive architectural mix of timeless beauty and daring innovation. While the city centre, with its modern squares and grand city hall, is at the cutting-edge of 21st century design, lovers of historical architecture can also enjoy the city to their hearts’ content in the grand old streets near the Binnenhof and Noordeinde Palace. The legacy of the famous Dutch architect, Henrik Berlage, lives on with a number of his striking buildings still standing around The Hague, including the highly-regarded Gemeentemuseum.
In addition to the Gemeentemuseum, which hosts a fine collection of modern art, including an impressive array of images from the Dutch painter, Piet Mondriaan, The Hague boasts a number of quality museums and cultural institutions. The Mauritshuis, which houses such famous works as Vermeer’s Girl with a pearl earring and View of Delft, is home to a superb collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, all in a magnificent palace designed in 1633. Not to be outdone is the fascinating Museon science museum, the Escher Museum located in the former Royal Palace and the ever-popular Madurodam, the delightful miniature city in The Hague, depicting the Netherlands’ architecture and culture, all in one tiny, exciting world. The children will also love the Omniversum – the larger than life collection of awe-inspiring educational film projections allowing you to 'travel' to destinations all over the world in one visit!
Not only does The Hague provide visitors with world-renowned art exhibitions and museums, the city also enjoys a thriving dance, music and theatre scene, with the Residentie Orkest and the Lucent Dans Theatre, home to the Nederlands Dans Theatre, all in close vicinity, providing the city with a cultural ambiance of classical music and dance. In addition, The Hague boasts a plentiful supply of art shops and local galleries. Art lovers will find a wide range of these around the Denneweg, the Frederikstraat, the Mesdagkwartier and the Noordeinde.
The Hague is renowned in Holland for its leafy lanes and its vast and picturesque surrounds, but just a few minutes’ tram ride from the tranquility of the city’s many lovely parks and gardens, the excitement of Benelux’s premier seaside destination awaits. With its bustling nightlife and sprawling white-sand beach, Scheveningen is a must-see destination in itself. Or, if a more ‘local’ experience is what you are after, visit the wonderful, quiet seaside retreat of Kijkduin. There you can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the quaint restaurants along the boulevard or, for the more adventurous, try a cycling tour along the dunes.
This ‘city of many faces’ offers a plethora of cultural treats and exciting attractions, for both young and old alike. At night time however, the truly cosmopolitan nature of The Hague comes to life with a diverse collection of international bars and clubs, fine restaurants, the Holland Casino and the ubiquitous selection of Irish pubs in which to sing and drink the night away! If possible, make sure you are here for Koninginnenach – The Hague’s biggest party of the year on the night before Konininnedag (Queen’s Day), where this city of diversity and style lets go and truly comes into its own…
Whether you are here for business or pleasure, to take part in the legal and political developments of the city or to discover the wealth of attractions that The Hague has to offer, this city has a great deal for all its visitors. With the effortless charm of a city steeped in culture, The Hague provides an exciting array of opportunities, a charming elegance and – above all – a thoroughly enjoyable experience.