A new zest is being created by the foundation of The Hague New Centre - a large building project in the old centre of town. It involves a total investment of 2,5 billion dollars and succeeds in combining fine modern architecture with the unique existing cultural heritage.
Once there was a castle in Monster that belonged to the Polanenfamilie. The castle is distroit in the battle during the Hoekse and Kabeljauwse Twisten in the 14th century.
There's a tourist information office right at Centraal Station. I bought a guide called the Royal Walk and used it to see various sights in the city. They are very helpful in that office, even showing me where an internet cafe was!
The Hague is a multi-cultural city with large minorities of Turks and Marrocans, as well as inhabitants of the former Dutch colony Surinam (in South America). The native Dutchman (as well as the immigrant) can be polite and helpfull, but is mostly very direct. Don't waste your time on civilties, say what you mean. Most people (over 90%) speak the English language. The other foreign language most people will understand is German, because there are a lot of tourists from Germany at the Dutch coast.
On the first day of the year an increasing number of Dutchman and -women dive in the North-Sea at 12.00 (noon). This year I was one of them! In the picture I am already back out of the water. The water temperature was 6 C (about 40 F). An other picture of me on the beach can be found on my Netherland-page.
Visit Madurodam, an open air exposition of well-known Dutch buildings entirely built to scale (a very old ticket... since my last visit, prices have increased more than fourfold: in 2002, adults will have to pay Euro 10, i.e. 22 guilders). By the way: the exposition will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2002!
Whenever there is something to celebrate, a Royal Birthday, a new Royal baby, a Royal Marriage, a Royal Engagement, Liberation Day 5th May etc. we will drink this special drink: ORANJE BITTER, a national, traditional festive (alcoholic (30%))drink made by Royal Distilllery DE KUIJPER in SCHIEDAM since the 17th Century!
It is a very nice tasting, orange coloured liqueur!
PLEASE, SEE THE TRAVELOGUE........AND ENJOY IT ALL.
Ok sort of funny story time. While in The Hague I walked past a few of the embassies for different countries and then I saw it - the embassy for the USA. Now an embassy counts as sovereign territory so that means the USA embassy in The Hague counts as US soil. So I thought to myself I wonder what the people at the door would think if I walked up to the door and then ask if I could set foot in the embassy for just a second and hence be able to say - 'I've been in the USA' however I then looked at the 2 suited individuals at the door and suddenly realised that not only did they look as if they had no sense of humour, they were also giving me a look of 'If you walk up those steps to these doors we are going to shoot you'
So much for my trip to the USA then :-)
People are really nice here. It's no problem asking someone the way here or anything like that.
On the picture: an information flyer on canaltours in Leiden.
Carrosel near the beach. How is it called in english. A very nice beach in the north of the planet. But the water is cold. Sorry, I prefer 28 celsius in Recife
The Hague is different than for instance Amsterdam. The atmosphere is less anarchistic. This is due to the fact that it's the governmental centre.