The Hague city walk

The Hague  is the seat of Government

(in Dutch: Den Haag or ‘s-Gravenhage)

 

Author Kaldenbach lecturing in front of the Vermeer, View of Delft

Panorama Mesdag. You have not seen anything like it!

 

Join me for a great visit to a stately, posh city. The Hague (Den Haag), our educational and fun day trip, is the national seat of Government and is situated in the Dutch province of South Holland. It has an elevated, posh atmosphere. The Netherlands. As the Hague is the seat of the government of the Kingdom of The Netherlands it has many official institutes and ministry buildings. The city is so extended we should also hop into trams or taxis from time to time.

Near the Mauritshuis, the treasure box of Royal paintings, are the inner court of the Counts of Holland, now the Houses of Parliament.

A little further is the tree-lined lane with stately Embassies. I can tell you stories about friendship between England and Holland and also about international intrigues. The French ambassador had a big ego and there is a wonderful story how stately carriages coming from opposite sides got stuck and nobody wanted to back down. A Dutch politicial defused that situation.

The grand, stately Hotel des Indes is a great place for a cup of coffee or tea, to get a whiff of the Colonial days when The Dutch were masters of a world Empire.

We can also stop at the International Court of Justice. The history is worth it.

The beach is close by.

A taxi ride outside The Hague takes us to the brand new museum for Modern art, Voorlinden Museum in Wassenaar. This is a result of unlimited money for great Modern art, good taste, fine architecture, all set in a perfect landscape.

 

Larger images are available on this old school site.

 

Mauritshuis.

Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Hague is easy to reach with public transport, by train. I hold a Dutch Railways rebate card. For this train tour I can offer you a special rebate of 40% for three separate adult railway tickets. This makes it economical for you as clients. I can join you from your hotel or from the Amsterdam train station.

Various other options are open to you: a) You can hire a car and drive it yourself, and I will join you starting in Amsterdam and will advise you about the best route. b) We can hire a professional taxibus service at around E 70 per hour for about 4 to 5 hours. On top of that you will pay me as the specialist guide. This is the more expensive option.