Welcome to The Hague
Welcome to The Hague - The city of the seat of Government in the Netherlands
The Hague is the capital city of the province of South Holland. in 2012, the city recorded a population of about 500,000 inhabitants and more than one million inhabitants including the suburbs, it is the third largest and most visisted city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This city has a population of about 2.9 million, and it is the 206th largest urban area in the world and the most populous in the country of Netherlands. Located in the west of the Netherlands, The Hague is in the centre of Haaglanden conurbation and lies at the southwest corner of the larger Randstad conurbation. Apart from that, The Hague is also one of the most extraordinary cities in The Netherlands.
This is not only just because it is the country's government city, but also because of its many statues, historic districts, buildings and its location, which is near the beautiful North Sea coastline. The Hague is also known as the 'Royal City by the Sea' and is called ‘the residence city’ because of the many members of the Dutch Royal Family who reside in its chic neighbourhoods. Although, Amsterdam may be the capital city of the country and the most visited or famous city in the Netherlands, but The Hague is the home to Queen Beatrix, the queen of the country and is the national government's seat, which it is famous for. The Hague may appear to be less dignified and conservative than the much lively Amsterdam, but there are many exciting attractions situated alongside the city's over 150 international organisations.
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One can never easily get bored in this city, because there are many places to visit and a lot of fun things to do. Therefore, when heading out always make sure your schedule is free because you will definately consume loads of time checking out different places in this beautiful city. One of the most interesting places to visit in this city is The Plein and Grote Markt squares abound, which has great eateries, restaurants, coffee houses, good night clubs. These places are always lively and welcoming each day of the week.
This city has one of the most biggest and interesting shopping centres in the whole of the country. The Hague’s shopping is as varied just like the city itself. It ranges from luxury department stores to international top brands and cosy little streets packed with specialty shops and expensive boutiques with loads of international renowned art to add to it.
The Hague has proven that a modern skyline and a historic city centre are perfect partners. A place called Scheveningen in this city is the best known seaside resort on the Dutch coast. It is an awesome place to go if you want to get a bit taned and water sports in summer and a bracing walk in winter if you like the waters and seasides. There are also attractions like Madurodam miniature city and the Omniversum dome movie theatre located in the city centre itself. The Hague is also a wonderful place for younger visitors. To be honest, there are much talk about Amsterdam, but you have not seen Holland until you have been to The Hague.
The weather in this city changes and regulates quite frequently every season. Therefore, it is most likely unpredictable weather. In The Hague, summers start from June to September, are generally pleasant and warm, and winter which starts from the end of November and lasts until the end of March and sometimes until the beginning of April. The temperatures in this city rarely fall below freezing. The weather in this city delivers daytime temperature averages between 9°C and 16°C respectively during both spring, April to May and autumn, which is October to November. One thing one should be aware of is that rain is always a strong possibility all year long. However, one can really enjoy the mild weather during the summer period.
The Time regulates each year. As there is the Summer and Winter time. The Hague uses the Central European Time (CET) after switching from UTC+00:20. The summer time period extends each year from the last Sunday in March at 01:00 UTC/WET (02:00 CET/03:00 EET) until the last Sunday in October at 01:00 UTC (02:00 WEST/03:00 CEST/04:00 EEST).
Most people in this city speak Dutch and English and other languages but preferably Dutch.
The Hague has a very good public transport system. There are over 30 bus and tramlines running quickly and safely to your destination in and around the city. There are transporation services like HTM, Connexxion and Veolia Transport. Like other major metropolitan areas, The Hague has 4 main parks and ride facilities at the edge of the city where you can easily park your car and then take a tram to the city centre or you can always rent a bike, which the city is also famous for.
The Hague has an extensive network of railways. The service line is called: The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) and it is one of the most modern Railways in Europe. Travelling by train has many advantages: trains in this city are normally on schedule, they are very comfortable and clean at all times and most of the staff speaks English.
The plastic OV-chipcard, which was invented in the country not long ago can be topped up and be used for as long as you want. It is the most common system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands. If you do not have this card, of course you can pay by cash in any transportation you intend to take. When heading out at night, do not be scared of transportation as there are always night buses and taxis running all through the night up until the early hours of the morning.