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The Hague

The Hague is the capital city of the province South Holland, despite that The Hague is not the largest city in the province, which is Rotterdam. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government. King Willem Alexander will soon live and work in The Hague.

In 1230 The Hague started as hunting residence along a pond, which now is the Hofvijver. Later this became a palace and counts of Holland used The Hague as administrative centre and residence when being in Holland. The Hague did not have city walls, which made it easy for Spanish troops to occupy the town. Considered was to demolish The Hague, but that proposal was abandoned. In 1588 The Hague became the location of the government of the Dutch Republic.

The Hague is not a city with canals and city walls. The Hague has some small streets from the Middle Ages, but also many spacious streets with luxurious residences for diplomats. In World War II The Hague sustained heavy damage, but was also quickly rebuilt and expanded to the southwest. Despite that The Hague officially never got the city status, they are allowed to call themselves city. Famous sights in The Hague are the Peace Palace, Binnenhof and Ridderzaal (Knights’ hall). Click here for a list with the top 10 things to do in The Hague or scroll down for a long list with The Hague attractions and sights.



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Binnenhof                                         Noordeinde Palace                           Vredespaleis


Attractions in The HagueThe Hague architecture & historical buildingsThe Hague culture
DrievlietBinnenhofDr. Anton Philipszaal
MadurodamChinatownKoninklijke Schouwburg
Omniversum (IMAX cinema)Grote of Sint-JacobskerkTheater aan het Spui
De UithofHuis ten BoschWorld Forum
Indisch Monument
The Hague MuseumLange VoorhoutNightlife in The Hague
Escher MuseumMauritshuis
Avenue Culinaire
Gallery Prins Willem VNieuwe KerkBuitenhof
GemeentemuseumOude Stadhuis (old city hall)Grote Markt
Haags Historisch MuseumPaleis NoordeindePlaats
Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum (public transport)Plein (square)Plein
Mesdag CollectieRidderzaal (Knights' Hall)
MuseonVredespaleis (Peace Palace)The Hague shopping
Museum De GevangenpoortGrote Marktstraat
Museum Meermanno
Haagse Markt
Parks in The HagueLange- en Korte Poten
ClingendaelMegaStores The Hague
Haagse Bos
Scheveningse Bosjes


The Hague map

Zoom in on the map of The Hague, click the icons for more information and see a free walking tour in The Hague:                                                                                                                                                          Free tour The Hague: City Centre (red)