Travels in Holland: Den Haag (June 1-2, 2014)

Het Binnenhof at Den Haag


  • Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)
  • Het Binnenhof
  • Grote Markt

Den Haag (The Hague) is Holland’s governmental city. This city set the cultural tone for the Netherlands with its well-preserved landmarks.

Peace Palace in Den Hague (The Hague)

The Peace Palace embodies the idea of world peace and houses international judicial institutions. The construction was mainly funded by Andrew Carnegie in the early 20th century.

Het Binnenhof at the Hague (Den Haag)

The Het Binnenhof is the center of Dutch government. Apparently visitors may take a guided tour through the Hall of Knights and the First and/or Second Chamber(s) of Parliament if there are no political meetings. Its 13th-century buildings are very picturesque overlooking the Hofvijver pond.

Het Binnenhof at the Hague (Den Haag)

One can take a stroll through the courtyard of the Binnenhof to the city center. For more information regarding the buildings, take a look at the ProDemos website.

Grote Markt at the Hague (Den Haag)

As in many cities in Holland, there is a Grote Markt or a city center, where locals gather to shop and eat at bars and restaurants.

Chinatown in the Hague (Den Haag)

Overall, the Hague is a historical city that is meant to be explored and awed over.

Additional Comments

The Hague also houses Vermeer’s famous painting, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, at the Mauritshuis. Unfortunately, during 2014, the painting was in another country for an exhibition.

For M.C. Escher fans, there is the Escher Museum that features many of his works and mind-boggling puzzles to enjoy.


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Mauritshuis. (2015). Mauritshuis. Retrieved from