General tourist information, The Hague
Where can you see water flowing uphill? Where do birds transmogrify into fish and drawings of reptiles crawl right off the page, over the objects on the artist's desk and back onto the paper again? Where does the shadow of a dog turn into a dog in its own right?
All these wonders can be witnessed at Escher in Het Paleis on the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.
This new centre houses a huge collection of prints and drawings by the world-famous Dutch artist M. C. Escher, plus fascinating explanatory programmes and a host of old family photos, drawings and design sketches that help to bring Escher's work even more vividly to life.
The ingenuity of Escher's work is fully revealed on the top floor of Het Paleis, where computer animation is used to throw a whole new light on the familiar pictures. This totally unique Virtual Reality experience will whirl you away on a thrilling 360-degree voyage of discovery right into the worlds of M.C. Escher. Actor Peter Faber will be your guide on this unforgettable experience, which also features opportunities for interaction and an exciting competition.
Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) was born in Leeuwarden. In 1919, he enrolled at the then renowned Haarlem School of Architecture and Ornamental Design. Influenced by his tutor Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, himself a great graphic artist, Escher soon started to make lino prints and woodcuts. After his training, he embarked on the traditional artistic grand tour of Italy and Spain. There, he made landscape and architectural drawings from which he would continue to draw inspiration all his life. During trips to Spain, he visited Granada and Córdoba, where he was fascinated by the Moorish buildings and mosaics.
See the Castalia, better known as the "Two Brests Of Lady Hague", the Atrium and the Hoftoren, photographed here from centre of The Hague. I just had to wait for the traffic light, and got struck by the beauty of the best-known buildings of The Hague against the blue sky during sunset . So I had to jump out of the car, take the photograph, jump in again and rush away. Never thought the pic would come out like this ...
Please, read more about these buildings at my VT page
Castalia - Atrium - Hoftoren
Fondest memory: By origin I donot care for a skyscraper-city line. I used to live in Rotterdam, and I never looked up in the sky. But travelling from The Hague to Germany for my make-up bookings I got the happy emotions watchin' the skyline of The Hague from distance when returned ... every time included with sunset.
The Hague has two well equiped Tourist Information Offices. The Tourist Information Offices in The Hague and Scheveningen offer an variety of information about hotels, attractions, museums and much more. The Tourist Information Offices will be able to help you with:
Fondest memory: information about transport and accommodation
reservations for hotels and guesthouses
theatre and concerts tickets
discount tickets to Madurodam, Duinrell, National Sea Life Scheveningen, Omniversum and Vitalizee Spa Baths
tickets for public transport
During the winter months you can go ice skating on the Hofvijver (court's pond). Usually somewhere between mid december and early february.
In the 2003-2004 season it is open from 10.00 till 21.00 every day. Admission fee is 4 euro's for adults and 3 euro for kids up to the age of 11. Skates can be rented for 4 euro.
Fondest memory: It is one of the nicest places to go skating. Right in the middle of the city centre with the Binnenhof as background.
Take a walk through the dunes or over the beach along the side of Den Haag to Kijkduin. It is a very nice stretch of beach and the 3 kilometers is just enough to justify the coffee i always promised myself. And then of course back through the dunes
Fondest memory: The fact that i could do this anytime i felt like it...
Favorite thing: This square is where I go everyday to drink coffee, eat brunch, read the newspapers and generally shoot the breeze with acquaintances and friends. There are squares like this in Amsterdam but because they're well known it's loaded with tourists. This tends to make some locations a bit seedy but because Den Haag (the Hague) isn't such a touristy place, it stays a place where local artists and bohemians like to come and meet up. There are 5 bars, 1 club and 4 restuarants so there's enough choice for the traveller that wants to meet up with the local crowd. If you get there, just ask someone behind the bar (you might have to ask a few different bar workers) if Dutch/Canadian photographer by the name of Jan is around and then maybe we could meet up and I could give a few tips. Enjoy your stay. cheers, Jan
Check out www.denhaag.com. It has tons of useful information about living and visiting the Hague, including things to do.
Fondest memory: The beach (Scheveningen) is a good place to hang out - restaurants and bars. Centrum (around Gravenstraat) is too. Gravenstraat also has tons of shopping... even on Sundays.
The IMAX theatre in Omniversum is pretty cool too - it's like a planetarium inside so better than a regular big screen IMAX. They have shows all day long too. Panorama Mesdag is a very nice painting - one of few panoramic paintings in the world I think.
And of course, you can't miss Crazy Pianos at Scheveningen.
Favorite thing: when youre finished youre visa, you can go back to the central station with line number 4 at the same side of the street of the Embassy just 2 min. walk. the busride to the station will take about 15 min.
be there around the end of april and go to the Koninginnenach wich is the night when we celebrate our queens birthday all across the city centre. Every year about 300.000 people come and visit this event.
In summer you should absolutely go to Scheveningen, beach resort...
Fondest memory: The humour of the people from The Hague and the very easy lifestyle of these people.
Favorite thing: Take a walking tour of The Hague. I bought my map at the tourist office and off I went. Here's the map I followed, follow the red lines and arrows. I did deviate a bit as I had no interest in some of the places.
FONDEST memory: going to SCHEVENINGEN to enjoy the beach, lying in the soft white sand, shopping at the boulevard boutiques, and afterwards having drinks somewhere on the boulevard, with a nice view of the sea, our North sea and.........walk the pier......
Fondest memory: Having a day off on 'PRINSJESDAG' to go see the queen passing by in the GOUDEN KOETS (GOLDEN COACH)on her way to the Binnenhof, the opening of the Parliamentary Year, always on the 3rd Tuesday of September.
There are not many internet cafe's in Den Haag anymore. Most people here have their own pc's with connections to the internet. But for those of you in need of checking your mail..
One of the best and easiest to reach internet cafe's is the one that you can find at the Telfort shop. On the corner of the Grote Marktstraat and de Wagenstraat. Next to the Bijenkorf departmentstore.
When you walk in, you see a small ticket dispenser on you're righthandside. An hour internet costs 3 euro. The machine returns money if you don't have 3 euro exact.
With the tikcet you walk up to one of the unused pc's. It askes for the identification code on your ticket and monitors your time left once you've started. Connections are quite fast.
Favorite thing: The Hague is actually bigger than the actual city itself. To its north, and practically attached to it, is Scheveningen, once a fishing village, now popular for its beach. VT lists it as a seperate place, and not without good reason. In the west of the city is the former village of Loosduinen.
Two things made me go up to the Hague for a weekend, one, that I have a friend there and two, I was very impressed with the line-up for the North Sea Jazz Festival.
In fact, not being strictly a Jazz fan, I hadn't heard of the Festival before. The more's the pity! as is said in Ireland, because there were simply no tickets available. The ticketing system is far from obvious and does not seem very efficient, there being one ticket for all 10 or so simultaneous concerts, but anyway, I didn't book a month in advance which means I didn't get a ticket.
Anyhow I went to see my friend, and in fact I had a good time anyway.
Part of the Hague's attractions is that you're told there are no attractions. Sound self-contradictory? Maybe, but on closer inspection, it isn't. What I mean is, your expectations can be set really low before you visit and then you discover some pleasant surprises.
First of all, it provides access to such famous Golden Age Dutch cities such as Delft, and to a lesser extent, Leiden. Public transport is extremely good.
The weather when I went was overcast and generally very disappointing for a July, but having come from sun-bleached Madrid, I really appreciated the abundant greenery and well respected nature of the place.
Night life seemed quite poor indeed and again it would seem one had to leave the city and go to Leiden, Delft or Rotterdam in order to drink and be raucous with a bunch of other people interested in acting similarly.
Culturally though, it is more interesting and I wa able to visit the Maurithuis, a compact gallery with a string of Dutch & Flemish Masters such as Ter Borch, de Hooch, van der Weyden, Memling, van Ostade and Metsys. Artists apart in style such as Hals and Vermeer are also represented, especially Vermeer with the Girl with the Pearl Earring and his View of Delft ('frighteningly good'). All in all, it's a small but extremely good Gallery. Highly recommended.
Visit the Omniversum. Itis a kind of cinema, but the screen is vast and extends from one side of the theatre to the other and up over your head. The films are varied and are usually of the documentary kind. The sound system is awesome and you feel as though you are in the places depicted. Nice cafeteria there too.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed cycling through the Hague because the facilities for cyclists are excellent in Holland, I was able to tak eme grandson cycling there when he was only 6 years of age.