Netherlands, Haag – Royal Heart of the Country
Den Haag is surely the most attractive city in the Netherlands. Its atmosphere makes it a great competitor to the famous capital of this small yet rich country. If you think there is not much to surprise you than you are plain wrong.
First moments in this house will make you realize the truth. The way from the station to the historical center is lined with quite modern buildings which add to historic architecture. You can make use eve of regular tram lines. However, you would prevent yourselves from enjoynig the true local atmosphere.
Den Haag is a city which houses the Dutch Parliament and the Dutch royal family. Binnenhof – the complex of government buildings and museums is one of the most beautiful places in the city. In the past, important state officials lived there. Today it is the hosue of the Senate, Prime Minister and other institutions. What is the most interesting, however, is the look of the compound. It was build in the early 13th century. There are many historic and architectonic gems. The Knigh Hall is one of the first that would catch your attention. Built in the Gothic style it dominates the courtyard and the government complex. There is also a beautiful Gothic-revival fountain. The government compound is interesting outside and inside as well. It is surrounded by a lake around which there stretches a beautiful tree alley. Therefore, you can thoroughly enjoy a walk with a vista over historic government complex. Moreover, there are royal gardens with palaces and other landmarks. Maybe you would even spot a carriage with Queen Beatrix.
At Haag's museums you can spot the giants of Flemish painting and sketching and also make your travel experience even richer by seeing works by such artists as Rubens, Vermeer or Escher. It is a deep experience for certain.
If you intend to try also some Dutch delicacies then there are several stall selling traditional fish specialties. They will make local fish for you there which come from the North Sea. The most traditional delicacy is herring. This fish is served whole and comes with onion. Another popular dish are fried pieces. People who love fish will enjoy this place.
For Den Haag is a port city, you can easily reach city's outer edges and enjoy the view over the sea from beautiful sand beach. Just hop on a tram which takes you to the beach in several minutes. Either you can just walk by and enjoy some good dinner or just a cup of coffee with a vista over the sea or you can simply go on the beach. You can visit the beach in any season of the year. The atmosphere is splendid during the summer months. However, autumn is magical as well. There are great waves and you can observe surfers trying to tame them. Also, the wharf is worthy your attention for there is a restaurant. People who love adrenalin should visit a tower from which you can do bungee jumping. Is it not enough? Anyway, the atmosphere of this place is remarkable and you need to experience it. We also recommend to visit Scheveningen beach.
GPS: 52°04'44.5"N 4°18'50.6"E
Text and photos: Simona Švaňová
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