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The Peace Palace, symbol of peace and justice

The Hague has many nice squares to go for a drink

The Mauritshuis features the famous ‘The girl with the pearl earring’

The parliamentarian buildings are located at the Hofvijver

The queen receives many of her guests at Noordeinde palace

The beach of The Hague is popular with surfers

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The Hague: home of the Queen and parliament

 

If you like royalty and politics, The Hague is the city for you. Located at the beach, the chic and pristine The Hague is home of the Queen and the national parliament. With its ancient parliamentarian buildings and royal palaces combined with highly modern ministries, it provides you with an intriguing and dynamic destination.

 

Centre of all politics are the parliamentarian buildings at the Buitenhof, the parliamentarian buildings dating back to the sixteenth century.  It has a very down to earth feel to it and absolutely worth a visit: locals bike over the court yard, and you can buy an ice cream while the prime minister walks by with his staff.  Don’t miss out on the adjacent museum the Mauritshuis, which features the famous painting ‘The girl with the pearl earring’ by Johannes Vermeer.

 

Not far from the parliament, you can find the working palace of Queen Beatrix and the Royal Stables. You can’t visit the palace, but the royal gardens are open to public and are definitely worth a stroll around. If you would like to see the queen’s home: she lives just outside the centre of The Hague, at the Bezuidenhoutseweg. The palace is somewhat hidden behind the trees, but you can still get a glimpse of it.    

Today, The Hague presents itself as the city of Peace and Justice - with the headquarters of the International Court of Justice and the Jugoslavia Tribunal based in The Hague. The symbol  of Peace and Justice is the Peace Palace, a grand palace building initiated and funded by American steel magnet and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, a great fighter for peace in the nineteenth century.  

Being a chic city, there is great shopping in The Hague. Top streets are Noordeinde and the Denneweg, the latter is also considered the ‘Quartier Latin’ of the city. You will find chic galleries, furniture stores and boutiques. If you walk from the Noordeinde to the Denneweg, do pass the Lange Voorhout. All year round, there are various sculpture exhibitions along this street.

For a break from city life, go to the Scheveningen beach. It is only fifteen minutes from The Hague centre by tram.