The Hague Vacation, Tours, Travel Packages & Experiences
When on Netherland vacations, you should visit The Hague which is the third-largest city in the Netherlands and lies on the North Sea. It is known as the "judicial capital of the world" because of the many international courts that are located here such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal and Court. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government, parliament, the Supreme Court and home to more than 150 international organizations, multinational companies and embassies (it is not the capital – which honour belongs to Amsterdam).
There is much exceptional architecture to see in The Hague on a Netherlands tour. There are two former royal palaces, the Kneuterdijk Palace, built in 1716 and now home to the Council of State of the Netherlands and the Lange Voorhout Palace, now occupied by the Escher Museum, dedicated to Dutch graphical artist M. C. Escher. The heart of the city contains most of the historic architecture from the medieval, renaissance, and Baroque periods and is easy to walk around.
The Binnenhof has been the seat of the country’s government. It used to be a castle and is surrounded by the Court Pond in whose waters, the old buildings are mirrored. Entering the Binnenhof, you find yourself in a medieval enclosed courtyard, surrounded by architecture from the 13th to the 19th Centuries. In the middle stands the Knight's Hall, used for ceremonial purposes. The Lange Voorhout is a large tree-lined square, bordered on all sides by 18th Century townhouses. The large Baroque building on the west side is the home to the Dutch supreme court. The square is especially pretty in spring when its crocuses are in bloom. Every summer, the square hosts The Hague Sculpture, a free outdoor sculpture exhibition to be enjoyed on Netherlands vacations.
Activity, night and day, centres on the two main squares of the city, the Plein which has several large sidewalk cafés, where often politicians may be spotted and the Grote Markt ("Great Market") which is always full of chairs and tables, summer or winter. The Denneweg is a street with antique and speciality shops. It also has a number of good pubs and restaurants. The Paleis Noordeinde is the royal palace that Queen Beatrix uses as her office. It is not open to the public. The gardens on the opposite side of the palace are accessible to the public for walking.
There are a number of museums in The Hague. The most notable is the Mauritshuis which has an exceptional collection of paintings by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt and van Rijn. Housed in a 17th Century palace, it includes Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and View of Delft. The Bredius Museum contains a private collection of 19th Century art as well as drawings, porcelain and crafted silver. The Museum de Gevangenpoort was converted from a prison into a museum with a collection of medieval torture instruments. The Escher Museum is dedicated to the famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher with displays of prints, sketches and archive material showing how he progressed from realistic pictures to his later works of optical illusion and geometrical patterns. The Panorama Mesdag is a cylindrical painting dating back to1881 painted by the artist Hendrick Mesdag. It is a panoramic painting of The Hague, the sea and the nearby resort of Scheveningen. It is 14 metres/45 feet high and 120 metres/390 feet in circumference.
The Gemeentemuseum has a small collection of modern art including works by Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Monet, Sisley, Degas and Bacon plus a large collection of works by Mondrian, a selection of paintings of The Hague School and a collection of fashion, musical instruments and decorative arts. Not really a museum, the open-air Madurodam is a miniature city with a selection of Dutch architecture, ranging from Amsterdam's canals and the church spires from Utrecht to modern architecture from Rotterdam. It also has an airport, a seaport, beaches, streetcars and trains running through the entire model town, so a wrap-up of Netherlands tours.
Netherlands vacations can include Scheveningen, a suburb of The Hague. It is a seaside resort with nightlife consisting of bars, restaurants and casinos. The Statenkwartier area in The Hague is located between the sea and the city centre. It consists of leafy avenues and 19th Century mansions plus upscale shops and restaurants.
Extend your Stay
Consider an additional stopover to your Netherlands vacations on one of Goway's other European tours. You can also choose from a Paris vacation , a Belgium vacation or a London vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from the Netherlands.
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