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Quick Guide to The Hague, The Netherlands
The Hague ( Den Haag) is the third- largest city of The Netherlands. The city is an attractive blend of history and modernity, speed and serenity and streets and beaches. Some places to visit in The Hague.
Binnenhof in The Hague
The Hague is where The Netherlands political heart beats. Here, the course for the nation's future is charted. The Binnenhof parliament buildings and the PM's office tower are among the most recognizable places in the country for the Dutch. Guided tours are available.
Mauritshuis in The Hague
The beautiful classicist building of the Mauritshuis offers a view of Dutch history from close-up. It houses a superb collection of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. One can see Vermeer's "Girl with a pearl earring" and admire the timeless beauty of Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, as well as 16th and 17th century Flemish masters like Rubens and Breughel.
The audio tour provides an explanation of most of the famous works. A special audio tour has been developed for children.
Address: Korte Vijverberg 8, The Hague
Phone: +31 70 302 34 56
Gemeentemuseum in The Hague
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag was designed by the famous Dutch architect H.P. Berlage and has today achieved national monument status. The museum has many great works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Monet and Kirchner on display but is most renowned for its comprehensive collection of paintings by Piet Mondriaan. In addition to his early realistic work, the famous "Victoy Boogie Woogie" is a real favorite among art lovers around the world.
Peace Palace in The Hague
Probably the most photographed building in The Hague, the Peace Palace is the home of the International Court of Justice - the only UN principal organ outside New York - and of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. This striking building and the courts it hosts give The Hague worldwide recognition as the city of peace and justice. The place can be visited on a guided tour. Prior reservations are required.
Address: Carnegieplein 2, The Hague
Madurodam Miniature City
The world-famous miniature city Madurodam is an excellent place to familiarize with all the surprising features the Netherlands has to offer. The Alkmaar cheese market, the Peace Palace of The Hague, the canal house of Amsterdam, and parts of the Delta works Everything Holland is famous for can be found replicated to the smallest detail on a scale of 1:25.
Madurodam by Light
During this show, which lasts about 20 minutes, visitors will be submerged in a fascinating Dutch fairy-tale that tells the story of Hansje Brinker and the fight against the water. With video and laser projection, computer-controlled light and moving fountains, the miniature city is transformed into a grand open-air spectacle.
Address: George Maduroplein 1, The Hague
Phone: +31 70 416 24 00
Enter the biggest painting in The Netherlands and get the feeling of life as it was in Scheveningen in 1881. The view is never the same, the light is magnificent and changes from one minute to the next. The view of the sea, the dunes and the old fisherman's village of Scheveningen was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. Panorama Mesdag is a unique cultural and historic monument.
Address: Zeestraat 65, The Hague
Telephone: +31 70 310 6665
Escher in The Palace and The GEM
Culture with a royal tinge for young an old. Escher in The Palace is different, the museum is situated in the former winter palace of Queen Emma, and exhibits an almost complete overview of of the work of Escher. The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday from 11.00 am - 05.00 pm, the ticket counter closes at 4.30 pm. The museum can be reached by public transport with tram 16 and 17 (stop Korte Voorhout) en bus 22 and 24 (stop Kneuterdijk).
GEM - Museum of Contemporary Art in The Hague
The GEM, museum of contemporary art in The Hague is one of the most important museums for moern art and with 2,000 square metres of exhibition space, it is also one of the largest. The GEM provides a lively and representative overview of developments in national an international art and the exhibitions are very varied. They include film and video installations, painting and sculpture, multimedia, performance, film and photography, plus design, digital art and drawing. Solo exhibitions and group presentations by national and international artists, including those from The Hague interchange regularly.
The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday noon-06.00 pm.
Address: Stadhouderslaan 43, The Hague
Telephone: 0031 (0) 70 - 33 811 33
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