The Hague Highlights
The renovated Mauritshuis reopened its doors on 27 June. Vermeer's sensual 'Girl with the Pearl Earring' once again hangs alongside masterpieces by Rembrandt and Jan Steen. See how precisely Fabritius painted 'Goldfinch', made famous by the book of a similar title by Donna Tart. Or view depictions of the Dutch winter by painters such as Avezaath. The 'Bull' by Potter is impressive. The opening exhibition tells the tale of the history of the building and its inhabitants and pays fitting homage to the rich history of the 17th century dwelling.
Plein 29, (070) 302 34 56 > mauritshuis.nl
With the peace flame at your back, admire the most photographed building in The Hague: the Peace Palace. The International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration are based here. This beautiful building and its organiza-tions ensure that The Hague is recognized as the city of Peace and Justice. The Eternal Peace Flame burns next to the entrance. The monument bears the inscription 'May all beings find peace'. The Visitors Centre has an impressive interactive exhibition on war and peace.
Carnegieplein 2, (070) 302 42 42 > vredespaleis.nl
Look 360º around you and experience the magical optical illusion created by this panorama of Scheveningen from 1881. The vista of the sea, dunes and old fishermen's village Scheveningen was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. The view is never the same: the incidence of light is more than magnificent and changes from moment to moment. And when the weather is bad, it is still a day for the beach! Panorama Mesdag is a unique cultural heritage monument.
Zeestraat 65, (070) 310 66 65 > panorama-mesdag.com
The Mauritshuis, the Alkmaar cheese market or the Keukenhof: all together? In Madurodam you discover what makes the Netherlands so unique and experience the stories behind many famous buildings. Children can learn interactively about mastery over the waves. The play garden offers them every opportunity to let off steam.
George Maduroplein 1, (070) 416 24 00 > madurodam.com
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Unique collections under a famous roof Enjoy the unique collection of paintings by Piet Mondriaan, an excellent silver collection and richly decorated Delft Blue. See via tape how Mondriaan intended his unfinished 'Victory Boogie Woogie'. The realistic works of the Hague sea painters will evoke the smell of the sea. Admire the fields of clouds that typify the Hague School. Children can let go in the inter-active Miracle Rooms. The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is a museum of all ages!
Stadhouderslaan 41, (070) 338 11 11 > gemeentemuseum.nl
The Hague has been the living and working residence of the House of Orange for four centuries. The presence of this long royal history can be felt everywhere. The King's working palace, Noordeinde Palace, is surrounded by the loveliest boutiques and most beautiful galleries. The atmosphere that surrounds the palace is enough to make you forget that any work is being done. You can see this from the flapping flag on the roof. The palace is not be open to the public.
Step through the famous entry gate into the historical Binnenhof in the heart of our democracy. This is the place where the most important events in the nation's history took place. During a tour, take a look inside the House of Representatives. Climb the stairs to the Knights' Hall with its many historical details and view the throne on which King Willem-Alexander deliveres his Speech.
City beside the sea
The Hague has 11 kilometres of beach in its back yard, which is certainly worth a visit. Enjoy a long beach walk, a day of paddling, strolling along the boulevard or building giant sandcastles beside the waves. The beach is also perfect for a variety of beach sports, from kiting to surfing and from competitions in The Hague Beach Stadium to eating pancakes on the boulevard at Kijkduin. Beach life and city life go together in The Hague!
Shopping in style
The Hague, the 'Best City Center in the Netherlands 2013-2015, is the perfect city for 'shopping in style'. As its name suggests, the Court District, is the perfect venue. Check out this district of allure. You'll also find typical 'Hague chic' around Denneweg and hip The Hague makes its mark in Prinsestraat. In Oude Molstraat, you'll find designer stores selling jewellery. In addition to the Asian supermarkets in Chinatown, the centre has flagship stores such as Zara, Marks & Spencer and De Bijenkorf.
Escher at The Palace
Nothing is what it seems in the work of graphic artist Escher. Here, birds turn into fish and men walk endlessly up and down the same flight of stairs. Allow your imagination to run free at Escher in The Palace. The Netherlands' most famous graphic artist was a master at drawing illusory scenes. Experience the magical world of Escher yourself with the interactive exhibition 'Optical Illusion: What is it?'.
Lange Voorhout 74, (070) 427 77 30 > escherinhetpaleis.nl
Experience how it felt to be incarcerated in a prison, with a history that dates back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Knights' Hall, Stock Loft, Torture Dungeon, Interrogation Chamber and Mourning Chamber. See the stocks, neck restraints and handcuffs and tremble at the sight of branding irons, executioner's sword and leg blocks. Alternatively, listen to tales of famous prisoners, escapes and torture practices. The museum is a unique, medieval prison gate located in the centre of The Hague.
Buitenhof 33, (070) 346 08 61 > gevangenpoort.nl