The Hague is the international city of peace and justice and the third largest city in the Netherlands and the only large Dutch city on the sea. It is also the official seat of the Crown and government, home to hundreds of international organizations and multinationals and one of the world’s top three UN cities.
City of Peace and Justice
The Hague regularly features in the world news because international legal cases are tried in the many courts and tribunals, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. With the Peace Palace at the centre of it all, The Hague is truly the international city of peace and justice.
This special status of the city draws many government leaders, knowledge institutions, non-profit organisations, businesses and students. Here, they work together, share their knowledge and develop new ideas. And here in The Hague, political leaders and diplomats come together to discuss and resolve international disputes and head off armed conflict.
City by the sea
Like no other city in the Netherlands, The Hague offers a unique combination of city life and beach life. Scheveningen and Kijkduin – both boast lovely wide sandy beaches that attract locals and tourists alike.
Take a long walk along the water’s edge or hop on a bike and cycle through the dunes. Stroll along the newly renovated Pier or walk along the Boulevard to the harbour in Scheveningen. Enjoy the grand views, clear you mind and let yourself be inspired by new ideas. At the seaside, it always feels like you’re on holiday.
The Hague is a royal city with a high feel-good factor. After all, you might spontaneously encounter members of the Royal Family on the street or in one of ‘their’ stores. You’ll also stumble upon the House of Orange; the many historical monuments, the presence of residential and working palaces, royal thoroughfares and horse-drawn coaches.
Sights & museums
With the most historic sites per square meter in the Netherlands, The Hague oozes culture and history. Visit The Hague monuments such as the Binnenhof, Noordeinde Palace, and the Peace Palace. Discover the largest painting in the Netherlands: Panorama Mesdag. Admire the exquisite works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Mondrian at the Mauritshuis and Gemeentemuseum.