When you live in The Hague region, your priorities will be different from the highlights that attract tourists. There are a lot of sights you will get to know during your commute or during social events. Still, there is a lot about the region that you may not be aware of - or simply did not stop to admire.
City by the Sea: Scheveningen
Sometimes Scheveningen appears to be the country’s best kept secret. Plenty of people across the Netherlands are not even aware that there is a beach located in The Hague. In just twenty minutes from the city centre, you will find yourself right at the edge of the sea. Any time of the year, you will enjoy visiting Scheveningen. Many people head to the beach in the summer time for some fun in the sun, but also fall and winter are the perfect time for a visit. Go for a walk after a long day at the office, or head to the shoreline with your family in the weekend. You will also find the harbour located here, where there always is something happening. Fishery used to be the main attraction back in the day, but nowadays it is one of the most beloved areas for people who want to get away from the city.
Government seat: Binnenhof
The Hague is the perfect example of democracy in action. When you walk through the city, you cannot help but notice the mix of history and current affairs. This is where the country is run - and it shows. Keep your eyes open, because once you step through the entry gate into the historical Binnenhof (Inner Court), you will see where history is made. Some of the buildings date back eight centuries of political history, but thanks to the court yard, this is not out of reach for you to see. You are free to enter here on your own, or even get a guided tour by ProDemos if you want to. Discover where the House of Representatives meets, but also where the King delivers his speech on Prince’s Day.
City of peace and justice: The Peace Palace
In The Hague, tens of thousands of people are working every day to build a more peaceful and just world. With the Peace Palace at the centre of it all, The Hague is truly the international city of peace and justice. The Peace Palace does not only draw a lot of attention for its beautiful architecture, but also because the International Justice Court (the official court of the United Nations) is located here. In addition to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the palace also has one of the oldest libraries in the country. If the Visitor Centre is not enough to satisfy your curiosity, you are in luck - every summer, the doors of the Palace are open to the public for a limited time. Join one of the guided tours and discover why peace and justice is so important to this city.
Fit for a King: Palace Noordeinde
The Netherlands has been a monarchy for over two centuries. The Hague is one of the cities where this influence is the strongest; it is home to the Royal Palace, also known as Palace Noordeinde, where the king spends a lot of time working. While the residence is not open to the public, it is a must-see for everybody who lives in The Hague. To be part of the city means to be part of its history, and the tradition of the Royal Family is a big part of this.
Seeing Green: The Hague Forest
City life is exciting and with many opportunities, but one of the best things of The Hague is how close you are to nature. If the cool breeze of the sea is not your thing, you will surely fall in love with how quickly you can be surrounded by trees, plants and many paths to go for a walk. Het Haagse Bos (The Hague Forest) brings you to a different world right outside of your home. Stretching from the city centre all the way to the town of Wassenaar, you can escape for a quiet moment or two whenever you want.
City of Johannes Vermeer: Vermeer Centrum Delft
Delft was the place where the 17th-century painter Johannes Vermeer lived and worked his whole life. The Vermeer Centrum Delft is the only place in the world where you can admire (reproductions of) all the paintings of Vermeer in their original size. You will find out everything you ever wanted to know about Vermeer’s life, family, and work.
Royal Delft: Delft Blue
When you think of Delft, you think of Delft Blue. And rightly so! Delft ceramics have been world-famous ever since it was first made the 17th century, and you can still see how Delft Blue is made in the authentic way in Delft today. Pottery fans will love visiting Royal Delft, the town's most famous earthenware factory.
City of Orange: New Church
In the Royal Crypt of the New Church you will find the ornate tomb of William of Orange, ‘the Father of the Nation’. Many other members of the Royal House of Orange-Nassau, both past and present, have also been laid to rest in the Royal Crypt. Prince Claus, Queen Juliana, and Prince Bernhard were buried here in 2002 and 2004 respectively.
William of Orange: Museum Prinsenhof Delft
Museum Prinsenhof Delft was the scene of one of the most important events in Dutch history: the assassination of King William of Orange. On 10 July 1584, he was gunned down by Balthasar Gerards as he climbed the stairs to his office. You can still see the bullet holes in the wall of the museum even today. Nowadays, the building is a museum which allows you to experience the history of the Netherlands.