Den Haag has police horses
Favorite thing: This isn't my favourite thing (that was the maatje herrring roll!) or fondest memory (ditto) of Den Haag. But I wanted to make a tip about it because I suspect police on horseback is not a commonplace sight in many countries (we do have them in the UK) and they might be interesting for visitors from those countries.
I'm not sure if the Den Haag horses patrol regularly or if there was some special event about to occur when I visited. UK policehorses are most often used for crowd control such as before and after football matches and at demonstrations, but are much more commonly seen on the streets of central London, just patrolling as police officers also do on foot, on bikes and in cars.
I saw two on patrol and then, rounding the corner, I came across the police horsebox where two more horses were being unloaded.
I was very impressed by the way the two policewomen managed to close up the horsebox side (quite a heavy chunk of metal) whilst each holding onto a horse. I was even more impressed by the way both were happy to allow two little girls to come up and stroke the horses.Related to:
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World Cup final at "Brave Hendrik"
Favorite thing: In Holland for the World Cup final was a special experience. Brave Hendrik was just around the corner from the hotel we stopped in and unsurprisingly very busy when the game was on. Lively, friendly atmosphere and good fast service, this was an unforgettable night for us - such a shame about the result.
Sadly closed on the following evening when we revisited.
Useful phone numbers
Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Netherlands:
Police (non-urgent): 0900-8844
Few words in Dutch
Favorite thing: Below few words that you can use while traveling in Holland:
good morning = goedemorgen
good afternoon = goedemiddag
good evening = goedenavond
see you = tot ziens
see you soon = tot gauw
yes = ja
no = nee
maybe = misschien
are you sure? (of it) = ben je daar zeker van?
of course! = natuurlijk!
thank you (formal) = dank U wel
thank you (informal) = dank je wel
thanks (casual) = bedankt
please (polite) - also: here you are = alstublieft
Mr. and Sir = meneer (mijnheer)
Mrs. and Ma'am = mevrouw
Miss = juffrouw
have fun = veel plezier
happy dreams = welterusten
bless you = gezondheid!
have a nice meal = eet smakelijk!
coffee = koffie
tea = thee
milk = melk
whipped cream = slagroom
sugar = suiker
coffee with milk = koffie verkeerd
bred = brood
cheese sandwich = broodje kaas
ham sandwich = broodje ham
french fries = friet
sea = zee
beach = strand
lake = meer
bicycle = fiets
train = trein
airplane = vliegtuig
bus = bus
auto = auto
departure = vertrek
arrival = aankomst
bedroom = slaapkamer
bed = bed
pillow = kussen
blanket = deken
bath = bad
bathroom = badkamer
towel = handdoek
very good (food) = erg lekker
Favorite thing: The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is housed in one of Holland's most outstanding classicist buildings.
The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is housed in one of Holland's most outstanding classicist buildings. Its location next to the Binnenhof on the Hofvijver pond, its intimate character and the exceptional quality of its collection make the Mauritshuis a favourite destination for its many visitors.
The Mauritshuis is mostly celebrated for its world famous collection of Dutch masterpieces from the 17th century. Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Potter, Ruisdael and numerous other masters from the Golden Age form the core of the collection, which also features paintings from the Flemish 16th and 17th century, and works by Rubens, Van Dijck and Jordeans.
Closed from 29 January - 5 february 2007.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Visitor's Guide
Den Haag Public Transport
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Up-to-date trafic information
Multiple Den Haag links
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Favorite thing: The Maurits House dates from the 17th century. Its a classic building in the oldest part of the city. The house is named after Johan Maurits van Nassau Siegen, who wanted it to be built. Next to the house you see the so called 'Little tower'; this is the place where the prime-minister takes his seat.Related to:
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Den Haag or 's-Gravenhage?
Favorite thing: There are two names for this city. Den Haag is the oldest and official one, but some people prefer s-Gravenhage. This illustrates the social division of the city in two main cultures, the commoners who say Den Haag and the rich upperclass people (noblety etc.) who prefer 's-Gravenhage.
Favorite thing: This is the museum where you can see the private collection of the Dutch painter H.W. Mesdag and his wife. The museum shows paintings by French and Dutch painters from the 19th century, as well as drawings and objects from both The Netherlands and Asia.
The museum also exhibits works of art from other collections, mostly private ones.
It is a very small museum, and it actually has staff of 8 employees only who do everything from moping floors to managing the museum.
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 12-5pm
Admissions: 4 Euro
Address: Laan van Meerdervoort 7f
Favorite thing: Originally this building was a house of Prince Johan Maurits, who governed Dutch Brazil for a while. He wasn't that successful and was called back, later Dutch lost Brazil to Portugal.
After the fire damage in the beginning of 18th century Mauritshuis was rebuilt, and now it looks exactly like 400 years ago. SInce 19th century It serves as a museum which exhibits many paintings by Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Paulus Potter.
The second chamber
Favorite thing: If you're taking the guided tour in Binnehof it will include a visit of the second chamber.
Dutch parliament consists of two, lower and upper, chambers. The second chamber has 150 members. Elections to both houses are held every four years. If you understand Dutch you may even attend one of the meetings, otherwise just enjoy the guided tour. You may also intersted to know that the hall is devided to left and right sided. Since you'll be viewing the chamber from the balcony, the chairs you'll see on your right belong to the left-wing politicians and on your left to the right wing.
Willem van Oranje-Nassau
Favorite thing: As I already mentioned, statues of William the silent can be found in many cities in the Netherlands. Since he played a very important role in formation of Holland you will probably hear this name many times while visiting, especially, the Royal City The Hague. This statue can be found on the square "het plein" infront of the old City Hall.Related to:
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The Palace of Justice
Favorite thing: The Palace of Justice. Built in 1996 this modern building is 70 meters high and definitely very different from all the other buildings in the city, pretty impressive construction. Take a look at the Palace of Justice on your way to the city center, if you walk form the central train station.
William the Silent's statue
Favorite thing: I already mentioned this name on one of my pages. William the silent was the stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht, and basically founded Dutch independence. He was assassinated by a French Catholic fanatic who shot him in his residence in Delft.
You can see more that one statue of William the Silent in The Hague, this one is found right infront of the Palace Noordeinde.
The Royal Palace
Favorite thing: Noordeinde is one of many Royal palaces in The Hague, this one is the working place for the Queen. The building belongs to the Royal family for many centuries, and it is interesting to see it, but basically, it is just another palace.
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