The Hague is a city in The Netherlands which is part of he EU and Schengen community. The Hague offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Peace Palace
- Dutch Parliament, Ridderzaal and Binnenhof
- Downtown The Hague, Noordeinde Palace and Old City Hall
- Photographing push bikes
- Madurodam- Mini Europe
- Mauritshuis – Art from the Dutch Golden Age
- Great, or St. James Church
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I had heard of The Hague in the news before visiting but wasn’t really sure what it was. The Hague is in the news so often because it is the home of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The Hague is one of the major cities of the world that hosts the United Nations. The Royal Dutch Family have 2 palaces in The Hague and many countries have their embassies here so it could be considered just as important to The Netherlands as Amsterdam.
Mauritshuis is an art museum which houses the royal cabinet of paintings. The paintings are largely from the Dutch golden age, which is a period during the 17th century when The Netherlands was the most prosperous nation on earth. The building is listed as one of the top 100 Dutch heritages sites. From the other side of the building if the waters of lake Hofvijver are still, it’s possible to take a perfect reflection photograph of the Mauritshuis.
The Noordeinde Palace, Great, or St. James Church and Old City Hall are walking distance from Mauritshuis art museum.
The office of the prime minister of The Netherlands is located in the Dutch Parliament complex, known as Binnenhof in Dutch. There is a lot of security here as you’d imagine but you are free to walk around the complex, admire the Gothic architecture and take photos. On the other side of the Dutch Parliament is the Hofvijver lake which on a sunny without wind offers the opportunity for a reflection photograph. The day I visited was very windy so my photo of the interior made it onto this post (above).
I found the Peace Palace to be the most beautiful building in The Hague. This is called the Peace Palace because located inside are the International Court of Justice (the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. It is possible to visit the Peace Palace as part of an organized tour, check the tour times to see if it’s possible to visit when you are there. The Peace Palace has been awarded the European Heritage Label for it’s importance in recent European history.
A short walk from the Peace Palace you’ll find Mini Europe know locally as Madurodam. It is very similar to the Mini Europe found in Belgium, they are very popular in this part of the world.
The Hague train station is a tourist destination in itself, it’s a brand new very well organized train station. It not only connects The Hague to major cities in The Netherlands but it is also the final stop on the Rotterdam metro. I took a train to Gouda, home of Gouda cheese which took around 20 minutes.