The heart of our democracy
The Binnenhof is situated in the heart of The Hague’s city centre. Since 1446, it has been the location of Dutch parliament meetings, the Staten-Generaal, and has been the centre of Dutch politics for centuries. The grounds on which the Binnenhof now stands were purchased by Count Floris IV of Holland in 1229; where he built his mansion, next to the modest lake that has been called Hofvijver or ‘Court Pond’ since the 13th century. More buildings were constructed around the court, several of which are well known in their own right, such as the Ridderzaal (Great hall; literally Knight’s Hall), where King Willem-Alexander holds his annual speech on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day).
The Hague ImpactCity
Making the world a better place
Hard workers, thinkers. Doers, dreamers. Hackers, civil servants, 3D printers. Students and entrepreneurs. Diplomats and artists. In The Hague, tens of thousands of people are working towards making the world a better place. Every day and in many ways. The Hague represents an unique hub that connects startups with governments, international companies, research centers, studios, and thousands of creative entrepreneurs. Whether it’s a United Nations organization, one of the many NGOs, art schools, or start-ups: The Hague, as international city of peace and justice, works on social and global challenges and builds solutions that work. Economic success goes hand in hand with social impact. Or it can anyway – and it should. It’s called the “impact economy”. It’s an economy that has an enormous potential to grow – and create beautiful things that benefit all of us. That’s why the city is investing in people, places, experiments, and ideas.
Seat of the International Court of Justice
Feel the warmth of the peace flame on your back as you admire the most photographed building in The Hague: the Peace Palace. It is the seat of the International Court of Justice, the only judicial organ of the United Nations not located in New York, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. This beautiful Neo-Renaissance style building was the winning design of an architecture competition in the early 1900s. The building’s timeless design along with the organisations it houses have given The Hague worldwide recognition as the International City of Peace and Justice.
The third Tuesday in September
Prinsjesdag (‘Prince’s Day’) represents the start of the new parliamentary year on which the reigning monarch of the Netherlands addresses a joint session of the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives in the Ridderzaal or Hall of Knights in The Hague.
Shopping in The Hague
The Passage is the only remaining example in the Netherlands of this type of covered shopping street, popular in major European and American cities during the 19th century. The new extension of the monumental construction towards Grote Marktstraat has given rise to a hyper modern indoor shopping arcade: Nieuwe Haagse Passage. A veritable shopping paradise: dry and sheltered, with the latest collections from top stores!
Mondriaan & De Stijl
Victory Boogie Woogie
Mondrian and De Stijl finally have a permanent home base in the Netherlands. Besides Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the work of De Stijl is the only art form to be included in the Canon of Dutch History. Without De Stijl, the homes and streets and the very cityscapes of the western world would have looked very different. Moreover, the group that grew up around Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg continues to inspire artists, designers and architects even to this day. It is difficult to overestimate the significance of De Stijl, a movement that played a pivotal role in the European Avant-Garde. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is dedicating an entire wing to Mondrian and De Stijl.
The exhibition has been arranged around the concept of ‘The House – The Street – The City’, after an article written by Piet Mondrian in 1925. A historical, chronological arrangement may well be an ideal way to show the successive events as they happened, but this approach does far more justice to the fascinating confluence of art, design, and architecture. Moreover, the theme-based display really brings the exhibition to life. The exhibition is innovative, moving from the micro to the macro level, starting from the intimacy of the living room before zooming out to the street and the city, covering subjects such as advertising, photography, fashion and society.
City by the sea
Scheveningen, the swell of the sea
Holland’s most famous seaside resort Scheveningen has an abundance of attractions and beach pavilions. Take a stroll along the boulevard, discover the fascinating marine world at SEA LIFE, enjoy a sunset dinner or dance the night away in The Hague’s city centre. Pamper yourself with a stay at the Kurhaus, an elegant five-star hotel and historical health resort by the North Sea. Beach life and city life go together in The Hague!
Museums in The Hague
The girl with the pearl earring
The Hague offers a wealth of impressive art. Be inspired by the unique museums and wonderful exhibits found in many galleries. Discover the largest painting in the Netherlands: Panorama Mesdag. Admire the exquisite works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Mondrian at the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum.
The place to be when the sun goes down
The Grote Markt in the city centre of The Hague is a former market square surrounded by bars and clubs. On the Grote Markt (literally ‘Great Market’) the atmosphere is welcoming, and the crowd is creative, alternative, and bohemian. From early in the morning, until late at night, you’ll find people having a good time here. Throughout the year there are lots of activities taking place in the middle of the square.
The Grote Markt is the epicentre of The Hague’s popular music scene. The area surrounding the historic market place is known as ‘PopHotSpot’ where local bars and clubs work together with the nearby pop venue Paard van Troje to programme live music throughout the year. Grote Markt also serves as a home base for the intimate music venue SuperMarkt and several festivals.