City landmarks, The Hague
Jantje was a son of Count Floris the V, after his father died Jantje (little Jan) became a count himeslf in 1296, at the age of 13, and died 2 years later, because of the pressure and strees that was put on him by family and enemies. There's some very famous children's song about him, but unfortunately my Dutch is still far away from being perfect and I can't translate it!
The Westbroekpark Rosarium is one of the prettiest parks in a city renowned for them. It's an oasis of greenery filled with fragrant flowers of all hues so do stop and smell the roses.
The park is situated between the city and the beach and I recommend a visit during the summer time.
The mill de Korenaer in Loosduinen was build in 1721. Before that time there already used to be a mill here. The first one was from 1310 till 1569. The second 1595 till 1720.
Location: Marg. Van Hennebergweg 4
The mill will be open for visiting on National monument day (weekend). Check page http://www.openmonumentendag.nl/ (site is in dutch but it will tell you the dates. And if you click on the map of the netherlands it will show you all the cities and towns that participate. Select the town/city you're interested in and it will give you an overview of all the monuments that will be open for visiting)
City Hall, south of the main train station, east of the main shopping street, is a wonderful glass structure nicknamed “The Ice Palace”. It reminds me that in the old town hall it was rumored that they had painted a yellow line down the middle of the hall as an efficiency measure. The line helped prevent the employees who were coming in late from bumping into those who were leaving early and that helped make them more efficient. I wonder if they brought the line over to the new building?
It won't be obvious to a tourist that part of Den Haag are a couple of former villages. Scheveningen is the best known of these. Another one is Loosduinen, and although it's very much part of the city it has a heart of its own. Here you'll find Den Haag's oldest building. This church used to belong to a big abbey, until the Watergeuzen (and alliance of protestants and criminals), destroyed the complex in 1572. Only the church survived. It is in Scheldegothic style, indicating ties with Flanders.
This monument is dedicated to Witte Cornelisz de With (1599-1658) who helped among others Piet Hein to conquer the Spanish Silver Fleet in 1628.
What he is doing on a tram though i have no clue.
The monument is very easy to miss. I usually bike through this street on my way home from the city centre and i had never seen it before. Until i knew what to look for.
You'll find it almost on the corner of the Zoutmanstraat and the Witte de Withstraat. Keep on the Zoutmanstraat and look up to the houses on your righthand side
The Pagehuis is a building in manneristic style from between 1618 and 1628, while it was enlarged at the end of the 17th century to one of its sides. It is one of a few survivors of what once were many houses with a stepped gable in this part of the city. The name Pagehuis refers to the time when the building was a boarding-school for future squires (page means squire) from 1748 till 1876. From 1876 till 1992 used by the red cross. But it originally was build for the town's guncaster who had his workshop in the nearby Kloosterkerk's choir.
Location: Lange Voorhout
When you take a city-walk in The Hague and you head for the Noordeinde Palace where Queen Beatrix works you will see the royal flag fluttering on the top (when she is in) ...
Her grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, still is remembered (because of helping presence during World War II) and, got honoured with a statue located just opposite Noordeinde Palace. You'll recognize a grave and proud woman, wonderfully great expressed by artist Kees Verkade. Donot forget to read the text "Eenzaam, maar niet alleen ..." (used to be the title of a bestseller-book written by Queen Wilhelmina, meaning "Lonesome, though not alone...")
Don't be surprised to see right near The Hague's center a truly Dutch mill!
Not that far from the center you could see The Hague's Mill from very close. It's located just in the living area of the Molenwijkers (Mill-people) in Molenwijk. You could go for a 10 minutes walk from the Hollands Spoor railway-station. Head for the Rijswijkse Weg, cross the bridge and, turn to the left at Draaistraat to see the mill ...
(another The Hague's Mill is located at Boekweitkamp, you could reach by car, driving from Juliana Van Stolberglaan or Schenkkade for about 5 minutes - and at Margaretha van Hennenbergweg 2a - Den Haag-Loosduinen)
The original town hall was built in 1564 Next to the 15th century Grote Kerk (Great Church). This is a relatively small building reflecting the humble beginnings of Den Haag. Will the new town hall (the ice palace) last 500 years as well?
Address: Dagelijkse Groenmarkt 1-7
This house you can find on the laan van Meerdervoort. The longest road in the Hague that actually cuts the city in 2. When you walk along this road, you can see how architecture changes from the late 19th century to middle of the 20th. Almost at the beginning of the street you can find this house. One of my favorites in the city.
THE PLACE WERE I HAD A NICE JOB.........
before moving house to Middelburg in Zeeland!
And of course I went by bike, a ride of some 3 quarters of an hour, two times, each day!
Good memories.......and.....the end of this, my "sentimental" journey.
If you're interested in this sort of thing, there's a whole new neighbourhood with modern architecture. Even I think it's quite nice, although I'm usually not crazy about modern architecture. Only the location is completely wrong. Big buildings like these just don't belong so close to a historic city centre, and these buildings do spoil a few once very nice views in the centre. But I guess we will have to get used to it.
You won't miss this "hole" of The Hague. Right in the middle of The Hague men are very busy to prepare the roofed over market-place. While there could be excavations of interesting material (out of past times) you probably miss the "hole" and see the raised wooden walls. A grateful place for artists who expressed their feelings to the new market-place "Markthof" and offices ... good you cannot read the Dutch blots and graffiti ... ;-)
Actually well-known in Amsterdam, from the Golden Centuries (beginning at around 1600), the "drawbridges" can be found all over the Netherlands, so in The Hague too. Most people do not know The Hague used to be a town full of canals.
Although some look in real bad condition you may find some very nice drawbridges, ... photogenic, romantic and in good shape! This one is just around the corner of my home appartment (yep, the penthouse ... ), where the canalboats pass by, too (street name is Bierkade).