The Hague (Den Haag) is the 3rd largest city of Netherlands. It is not the official capital of the country, but you can find the Dutch government, parliament, supereme court, embassies and other things you usually find in a capital.
It is also considered the juridical capital of the world and it has many international organisations and embassies. You can also find the royal palace, other royal buildings and castles like the Peace Palace and the Binnehof, the political center of the Netherlands. It has a strategical geographic position between the 2 largest cities, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Den Haag has more shopping streets, many for pedestrians, then any other city in the Netherlands.
In my opinion the Hague is a tasteful mix of old and new. I only spent one day there, but I think at least 2 days would be needed since there are so much to see. You can find pedestrian streets and old castles, but also brand new skyscrapers in the city center that all have been built recently. The city has many parks, but only a few canals are left.And in the district Scheveningen you can find Holland’s longest beach. Lately the Hague has become a multicultural city with many immigrants. The city is frequently trafficated with trams and is a large railway hub.
I visited the Hague only for one day, as a daytrip from Amsterdam (I also visited Rotterdam and Utrecht). The weather was good during my visit, it was warm and sunny. In the evening I was at a good rock concert, with the Dutch band Epica.
I also visited Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht (see main page).
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