Explore The Hague
Just like in most of Holland, The Hague is well designed for riding around on bikes, the excellent network of bike paths make it very safe and easy to get around. In fact bike riding in the Netherlands is a way of life.
There are many bike hire places around town to choose from. Once you hire your bike, get on the road toward the beach side suburb of Scheveningen. On the way you will see many wonders, like the Peace Palace – which is the home of the International Court of justice. There are plenty of gorgeous, lush green parklands. Once you hit Scheveningen, head out to the pier. You will find yourself on a wide esplanade, on which is the hotel Kurhaus. This beautiful building was built in 1885. It is the famous hangout of the royals, heads of state and all those in the know. It is a world heritage listed building, this is what has helped its full restoration to its heyday glory back in 1979.
There are also great restaurants and retail outlets around on the esplanade, and on the beach. Scheveningen provides a great relaxed day to enjoy a stroll, the food and soak some sun on the beach. Some people brave the waters of the North Sea in the summer – must be locals – as it is not warm enough for me.
Whilst you are here check out the Old Fisherman’s Village. Today it’s a museum, it is to provide an insight into the life back in the olden days in Scheveningen. You can take about half a day doing this, or less if you are in a hurry. There are tours running that can take only 1.5 hours to take this all in. It then gives you enough time to head back into the city for further discoveries.
You can ride down the Lange Voorhoot, taking in the sites of some of the oldest residences in The Hague, find yourself enjoying interesting art exhibitions in the parklands. You will also find interesting second hand markets, selling anything from old books to clogs. Check out the beautiful Hofvijver lake. The buildings around here date back to the 13th century. They now house the Dutch Parliament. These group of buildings are known as the Binnenhof, in the middle of them all is the Ridderzaal, where the king delivers his annual speech from, that outlines the yearly government agenda.
Behind the Binnehoff is a large town square surrounded by more cafes. Cafe culture is alive and thriving in The Hague. You will find a mix of old and new buildings here. If you continue on you will find plenty more cafes, art galleries and retail outlets.
And if that doesn’t suit your fancy, you can always head out to Madurodam. It is an interactive miniature village that tells you all about the history of Holland.
The Hague is an extraordinary city, it has plenty of monuments, historical districts and the beautiful North Sea Coastline.