6 Things to Do While Spending a Day in The Hague
The Hague, or Den Haag, is one of the most well-known and important cities in Holland. Many people think it is the capital, but it is not to be confused with Amsterdam which is constitutionally the capital of Holland. The error is common, given that the cabinet, the States General, the Supreme Court, the Council of the State, the majority of foreign embassies and international organisations (including the International Court of Justice & International Criminal Court) and the Peace Palace of the United Nations are all to be found here.
With such political importance, it is much more of a working city than a touristy one meaning that while you explore, you won't be elbowing tourists out of the way in quite the same manner as in Amsterdam! The best way to get around The Hague is by bike, allowing you to explore all the streets and stop to photography the impressive buildings around the city.
Start your day on this beach, a massive expanse of sand lined with beachfront restaurants, hotels, amusement shops and apartments. It's one of the more popular parts of town, attracting both foreigners and locals alike.
For a wonderful contrast of the old and the new, pause at the Central Square to listen to buskers at the pond.
If you catch this place on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, it's heaving with The Hague Market, one of Europe's largest multicultural markets. Pick up some fresh fruit or some local handicrafts.
The Dutch royal family has three official palaces across the country, with this being one of them. It is known as the working palace.
Similar to Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Hague has a wonderful network of canals that you can wander along. Many restaurants line the canal banks.
Last, but not least, one of the most iconic sights symbolizing international peace is the Peace Palace is where the United Nations' International Court of Justice, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library can be found. The Palace has been operating since 1913.