The Hague- The international city of Justice and Peace
Often know as the judicial capital of the world the city of Hague is the seat of many international courts. It's a very vital centre with 160 organisations, hundreds of companies and various knowledge centres that work here. The Peace Palace is the symbol of international justice for more than 100 years and this city is the destination for more expatriates working and they are living in the city because of the number of international institutions and companies. Located in the west of the Netherlands, the city is considered by many as the most stately of the country, it offers great architecture, from the picturesque government complex of the Binnenhof, to the grand and stately mansions on Lange Voorhout. 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. The city also provides good opportunities for outings, such as extensive green spaces for walking and bicycling as well as dunes and seaside recreation areas just a few tram stops away from the city centre. Over the past 10 years, the city has undergone an extensive amount of development in the form of modern architecture projects, by American architect Richard Meier.
The Hague has proven that a modern skyline and a historic city centre are perfect partners. The city was chosen by the Dutch royal family and therefore there are many royal monuments as the Lange Voorhout Palace, which also known as the Escher Museum and don’t forget to visit cigar specialty shop Gerard de Graaff, which counted many members of the Royal family and even Sir Winston Churchill among its customers. If you love art, the Hague is full of it and there are many interesting museums. You can't forget to visit the Mauritshuis, where you can admire the painting “ Girl with the Pearl Earring” and the Gemeentemuseums Den Haag, it has the world's biggest collection of works by Piet Mondrian and more other important artists. A good way to discover the city is through many itinerary to follow on the bicycle for example between Duivenvoorde Castle and Ter Horst Castle towards the Rijksstraatweg or the pedestrian itinerary to see several royal highlights in the inner city. The bicycle tour takes around 2.5 hours to complete. After it had spent time in the cultural and charming square called Spuiplein you can finish the night in the New Church, an UNESCO monument, has become important for the classic music performances given there.
One can never easily get bored in this city, because there are many places to visit and a lot of funny things to do. You can start the evening with a drink on the Plein, where you can find many small cafes and bars, and listen to live music at the PopHotSpot. 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 is Grote Markt, where you can breath the bohemian atmosphere has great eateries, restaurants, coffee houses, good night clubs. In the heart of the city there is Paard van Troje, the biggest pop venue in music, known for its broad and varied concert programme with world music and much more. For a special night, Holland Casino is the right place for a charming experience. There you can find a luxury and excellent restaurants mixed with a design between contemporary and traditional allure. 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. You have the possibility to do shopping in the charming and older buildings, where you can find the items from the medium-price to very expensive. It ranges from luxury department stores to international top brands and cosy little streets packed with specially shops and expensive boutiques with loads of international renowned art to add to it. It's impossible to come in the Hague Market, the biggest outdoor market in Europe. It located on Herman Costerstraat, it's famous for selling unique and exotic goods and you can find a lot of different and charming items. It opens just before 9 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
The weather in this city is a ocean climate and changes quite frequently every season. The summer is pleasant and warm, while during the winter is mild climate and this city rarely fall below freezing. The temperature averages between 9°C and 16°C. However, one can really enjoy the mild weather during the summer period.
The Hague has a very good public transport system. The HTM is a service with over 30 bus and tramlines running quickly and safely to your destination in and around the city. On Friday and Saturday there is HTMbuzz night buses, the number N1 through to N6 leave from the centre at 1:45 am and running every hour until 5:00 am for 5€. The plastic OV-chipcard, it is the most convenient system of paying for trams and buses throughout the Netherlands, because it is not possible to buy the ticket inside the public transports. If you visit the city only for a short time, you can purchase a ticket for unlimited travel for the whole day and you can buy it in most hotel, the Tourist Information Office and at the HTM customer service desk in the train stations. It's valid on all public transport within The Hague as well as the neighbouring towns of Delft and Zoetermeer. There are a reductions for children aged 4 to 11 years old and the children under the age of 4 can travel free of charge. The Netherlands has an extensive network of railways, called Nederlandse Spoorwegen,
or NS, it is one of the most modern in Europe.