So modern, so vivid!

The featured image explains the entire concept of this city: historical statues vs. modern buildings and institutions vs. hispterish restaurants. But I adore it! Especially because of the restaurants and the atmosphere created there. Plus, it is the city with the sea – enough said. šŸ™‚

the-hague-netherlands-pinned-on-a-map-of-europe-H4J207On the map of Europe it is placedĀ on the western coast of theĀ NetherlandsĀ and as such it is the capital of theĀ provinceĀ ofĀ South Holland.

Officially,Ā The Hague is the seat of theĀ Dutch government,Ā but the city is not theĀ capital of the Netherlands, which is constitutionallyĀ Amsterdam.

Around 150 international organisations are located in the city, including theĀ International Court of JusticeĀ and theĀ International Criminal Court, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former YugoslaviaĀ (ICTY), Europol (European Police)… which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting theĀ United Nations, along withĀ New York,Ā Geneva,Ā Vienna,Ā Rome, andĀ Nairobi.

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International Criminal Court
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Binnenhof – the government’s buildings

I never manageĀ  to properly take a photo when entering the city from the highway. Especially during the night when the lights of Deloitte (UK multinational business company) building are on.

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Entrance to the city

The story ofĀ  The Hague starts in 13th centuryĀ Ā when the counts of Holland used the city as their administrative center and residence when in Holland. As the first fortress was made of wood, the place wasĀ literally calledĀ des Graven hageĀ  (eng. the Count’s Wood). So today’sĀ inner cityĀ has some small streets in the town centre that may be dated from the lateĀ Middle AgesĀ and several spacious streets boasting large and luxurious 18th-century residences built for diplomats and affluent Dutch families.

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Old City Hall, 16th century.

Very impressive is the large Protestant church dating from the 17th century calledĀ Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk (St Jacob’s Church)Ā built in what was then a modern style.

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Protestant’s St Jacob’s church. 17th century.

AbsoluteĀ mustĀ is Mauritshuis museum – home toĀ The Girl with the Pearl Earring, painted by Vermeer. There is a movie about this story too.

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Mauirtshuis – The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer

Het PleinĀ is aĀ town squareĀ in theĀ old city centre – a good place to eat and drink.Ā With festive lights, outdoor seating, and heaters in the winter, this place is perfect for aĀ gezelligĀ evening (thereā€™s no English translation for this Dutch word, but in this context it roughly means the cozy, warm feeling you get fromĀ being with good friends).

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Het Plein – gazellig

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The best part of The Hague the Scheveningen beachĀ – aĀ modernĀ seaside resortĀ with a long, sandyĀ beach, anĀ esplanade, aĀ pier, and aĀ lighthouse.

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Eating at Scheveningen is a specal feeling. I am impressed by the atmosphere at the seaside with many fires lighted up creating the special romantic moments.

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The most beautiful building amongst the hotels alongside the beach isĀ TheĀ Kurhaus.Ā It was built in 19 century annd has a great passage through to get to the seaside open to the public. This year (my 4th visit to The Hague)Ā  I had a privilege to stay in this beautiful hotel šŸ™‚

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Kurhaus, 19th century
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Inside the Kurhaus – passage to Scheveningen

 

 

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