Beach and City Life Go Together in The Hague
With a population of more than 500,000 citizens, The Hague is the third largest city of the Netherlands. This multicultural city has a rich history that can be discovered throughout the area. There are many attractions such as the Dutch Parliament, numerous embassies, nice shops and fun activities located in the city and at The Hague Beach.
It is easy to travel to and from The Hague. If traveling by public transport, take the train to The Hague central station and buy an HTM (public transport) Day pass for only €6.50. If traveling by car, park it at Hoornwijck P+R for €5.00 per day and pay an additional HTM fare of €1.00 for each accompanied person up to 5 people.
THE HAGUE MARKET
Now let’s go to the first stop, The Hague Market, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 5 PM. This market is Europe’s largest open-air multicultural market. A variety of merchandise can be found here as well as different foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, fish, meat and freshly baked bread.
After visiting the market take tram 6 to the city center and stop at “Grote Markt.” From there the shopping area begins with several warehouses and boutique shops, along with many cafés and restaurants. An interesting fact is that the building of the warehouse “Bijenkorf” was built in 1926 and it was the first building in the Netherlands with escalators.
BINNENHOF AND KNIGHT HALL
While strolling through the city center the next stop is around the corner, the Binnenhof, a complex of buildings where the Dutch Parliament is based. It was built in the 13th century, originally functioned as the residence of the counts of the Netherlands and became the political center of the Dutch Republic in 1584. It is the oldest house of Parliament in the world that is still in use. The Knight Hall forms the center of the Binnenhof and every third Tuesday of September the King holds his annual speech from his throne.
Behind the Binnenhof is The Square, where restaurants, clubs, and cafés are located. It is a perfect place to have a drink outside on one of the terraces.
Another interesting stop is the Palace Noordeinde with its gracefully landscaped garden and its Royal Stables. Compared to other European palaces, Palace Noordeinde is modest and is located on a busy Hague shopping street. The Palace Noordeinde began with a medieval farmhouse in 1533 which was then converted into a spacious residence, bought for Louise de Coligny, the widow of William of Orange, in 1595. Louise de Coligny was the fourth and last wife of William of Orange and she lived in the palace with her son Frederik Hendrik. In 1815, the palace was completely restored and used as a residence for King Willem I. Nowadays, King Willem-Alexander and his staff have their offices in the elegant rooms of Palace Noordeinde. Therefore, only the palace garden is open to the public.
Now it is time to catch tram 1 to the most famous beach of the Netherlands, Scheveningen. It is a Dutch tradition to celebrate the 1st of January with a New Year’s dive, no matter how cold it is outside. At least 20,000 people dive into the freezing water each January. During the summertime get to the beach early because it is packed with lots of people enjoying the sunny days and the cool sea.
The Famous Pier
An icon of the Dutch coast is the famous Pier. It has plenty of shopping concepts, food trucks, a Zipline, a Bungee jump tower and a ferris wheel on the North Sea. This is a great afternoon retreat to spend with your friends or family.
Hidden Gem at the beach
Visit the Barbarossa beach pavilion, located at the far north end in the quieter area of the beach and enjoy the view of the pier, the sunset, a great vibe, and a delicious and decently priced dinner.
Are you looking for some Dutch history, fun attractions, and the beach? If so, then The Hague is the right place to visit. You’ll enjoy great views all while exploring and learning more about this fun destination.