The Hague is an important city in the Netherlands and the residence of King Willem Alexander.
What to see and do
The tourist information office offers different walks through this beautiful city.
Among them a 1.5 hour long Royal walk that takes you past the different royal monuments:
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Huis ten Bosch
The Palace where the King lives with his wife and his three daughters.
It is located in the woods at the edge of the city.
The working palace of the King.
There is free entry to the palace gardens behind the palace.
On a sunny day many Dutch people come here for a picnic.
You don’t even have to make up your own picnic basket as you can buy a lovely filled one at “Prince and Co” which is next to the palace gardens.
If you do not want to walk you can take a tour through The Hague in a horse drawn “Golden Carriage” with a coachman and a footman, or go Dutch and see the city by bike.
Bicycle tours are organised by City Cycle Tours.
One of these (the orange tour) starts in Scheveningen, the famous beach resort adjacent to The Hague, and worthy of a visit in its own right.
It leads past the Peace Palace, the royal palace with its woods, and through the dunes. There are many opportunities to take pictures and stop for a drink, snack or have a picnic.
This town isn’t only a city of Palaces. It also houses the Dutch Parliament and the European Court of Justice.
A visit to “Het binnenhof” (The Inner Court) which is right in the center of the city is highly recommended.
After entering via the Mauritz gate it seems as if you have stepped back in time.
The Binnenhof is the oldest part of The Hague. It is a cobble stoned square with a fountain with a statue of Count Willem the second, the founder of the city.
Behind the fountain you can see a gothic building, “De Ridderzaal”, (The Hall of Knights) which is open to the public.
There is a permanent exhibition in the basement about the history of the King’s speech which takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of September every year.
This is a big event. The King arrives in a golden carriage and reads out the budget for the coming political year.
After admiring the exhibition you can climb the big spiral staircase that leads to the gallery of the Hall of Knights.
From here you can look down into the impressive Hall of Knights with its wooden beams, chandeliers and stained windows and see the thrones for the King and the Queen.