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    Binnenhof and Hofvijver (and seagulls!)
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    'De Ooievaart' boat tour -video

    by StuartDutchman Written Jun 29, 2011

    Few people know that The Hague also has lovely canals and that a boat tour of these canals, De Ooievaart, is available (since 2003).

    The canals of The Hague are almost 400 years old. They were created for the city’s defence around 1612.

    The regular tour takes you through old and new parts of The Hague, including under bridges and through tunnels. You will see a variety of beautiful buildings and special places, among them the Royal Stables and the Royal Gardens.

    The Ooievaart canal tour takes about 1 1/2 hours.

    VIDEO of my tour:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVdCVMbqqNE

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    Louwman Automobile Museum -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Written Jun 29, 2011

    The Louwman Museum is a museum for historic cars, located on the outskirts of The Hague towards Wassenaar (Netherlands). From the period up to 1910 the museum has the largest collection of cars in the world.

    The museum was opened by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on July 3, 2010.

    The collection of over 230 cars has been assembled since 1934 by two generations of the Louwman family. The current owner of the collection is Evert Louwman, the Dutch importer of Lexus, Toyota and Suzuki. It is the oldest private collection of automobiles in the world open to the public.

    From post-World War II the museum features a car of Winston Churchill, the Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond movie Goldfinger, and a Cadillac of Elvis Presley.

    The Louwman Museum is housed in a building with three floors and over 10,000 m2 of exhibition space. It was specifically designed as a museum by Michael Graves, an American architect. Landscape architect Louis Baljon designed the layout of the park surrounding the building.

    Pictures of most of the cars can be seen on the website:
    http://www.louwmanmuseum.nl

    VIDEO of my visit:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5OnuNczHw

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    City centre

    by bonio Written Aug 11, 2010

    Spent an afternoon just exploring the city, spent time at the Maritshuis and enjoyed the fountains, paid a visit to Palaistuin, lunch in Grote Markt, sheltered from the rain under trees on Plein 1813 and then a walk through Chinatown.

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    Escher Museum

    by Ianchen Updated Sep 14, 2009

    One thing you should do in Den Haag is visit the Escher museum. His drawings and graphic prints are quite amazing; the museum also was once ownded by the royal family. The artworks as well as the rooms are well described; in the upper floor there is some explanation about the techniques and ideas, and some do-it-yourself-stuff to experiment.
    Admission is 7,50€, but if you grab one of those discount cards they have in a lot of places, you can get 1€ off.
    The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

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    Downtown

    by ealgisi Written Apr 9, 2008

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    The downtown shopping area was much less crowded and lively than Amsterdam (I seriously doubt I'll find any city that could compete), but it was nice enough. The Hague also has what was once the country's first covered shopping mall.

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    Binnenhof

    by ealgisi Written Apr 9, 2008

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    The Binnenhof is a collection of buildings.
    It has been the location of meetings of the Staten-Generaal (the Dutch parliament).

    The grounds on which the Binnenhof now stands was purchased by Count Floris IV of Holland in 1229, where he built his mansion. More buildings were constructed around the court, several of which are well known in their own right, such as the Ridderzaal (great hall; literally Knight's Hall) (pictured), where the queen holds her annual speech at Prinsjesdag.

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    Escher museum

    by MATIM Written Feb 7, 2008

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    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? And where can a mother make herself smaller than her own seven-year-old child? 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 Artist
    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.



    Famous works
    Escher in Het Paleis is certainly the place to see the originals of famous works like Belvédère, Ascending and Descending, Day and Night and parts of the Metamorphosis series. But don't miss the other interesting exhibits, like the less well-known bookplates, wrapping paper designs for major stores, a New Years greeting from friends and early self-portraits.

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    Ridderzaal Knights hall

    by MATIM Written Feb 7, 2008

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    Without doubt, the most striking building on Binnenhof is the Knights' Hall, built in the 13th and 14th centuries as the castle for the Earls of Holland. The Main Hall, which has been called the Knights' Hall since the 19th century, dates from the second half of the 13th century. The famous wooden covering was demolished in 1861, however, less than forty years later it was replaced by an exact copy. Since 1904 the Knights' Hall has been the setting for the reading of the Queen's speech at the annual opening of Parliament. In her speech, the Queen announces the government's plans for the coming year to the parliament and to the Dutch people.

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    the town hall

    by MATIM Written Feb 7, 2008

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    From the Middle Ages The Hague has consisted of two parts, each with a character all of its own: the earl's Court with the prosperous areas around Hofvijver and Lange Voorhout, and the village of Die Haeghe, around the Grote Kerk and the town hall, where the commoners lived. The town hall, built on the cellars of the medieval Hof van Brederode, is one of the first examples of the Renaissance in the north of Holland. The richly decorated facade features the maxim: 'Ne Jupiter Quidem Omnibus' - even Jupiter cannot please everyone. The sculptures above the middle represent Justice and Caution, with the stork of The Hague and a Latin maxim which, freely translated, means 'one man's fault is another man's lesson'. The building was restored between 1968 and 1975 and a council chamber was added. These days the former town hall is only used for marrying people.

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    Palace Noordeinde

    by MATIM Written Feb 7, 2008

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    Noordeinde Palace has always been the residence of the reigning Stadtholder or monarch. The first inhabitant was Louise de Coligny, the last wife of William the Silent. In the 17th century, Frederik Hendrik and Amalia van Solms had the Huis ten Bosch Palace built. Both palaces were in use until the beginning of the French rule, but from that time until World War II only Noordeinde Palace was used as a residence. During World War II Queen Wilhelmina lived in England. The palace was slightly damaged during the war.

    After Queen Wilhelmina's return she lived in a number of villas in Nieuwe Parklaan. Her daughter, Queen Juliana, never lived in Noordeinde Palace. Until 1977 the palace housed the Institute of Social Studies, but after drastic renovations Queen Beatrix chose to use this palace as her place of work in 1984. Left of Noordeinde Palace is number 66, the house where Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta lived before estate 'De Horsten' became their residence.

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    Het Binnenhof

    by swetluska Updated May 31, 2007

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    Het Binnenhof, buildings of Parliament, has always been the centre of politics in the Netherlands. The buildings themselves well worth seeing, but it was here that the most important events in Dutch history took place.

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    Escher Museum

    by leplaya Updated Apr 19, 2006

    This museum goes through the life of M.C. Escher through his artwork. It is located in the Lange Voorhout Palace, a mansion from the 1700's. As a big fan of Escher's it was great to get some context into his work. Prints as well as actual cutouts of his work are displayed. There is a lot to see here, so give yourself at least 1 1/2 hours. If you are a fan, I'd plan some more time. The tour completes with a 3D virtual reality tour into Escher's artwork. I would say that this is one of the highlights of The Hague.

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    The Grenadierspoort

    by al_mary Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    The Grenadierspoort or Grenadier's Gate,
    was built in 1634, and is situated diagonally
    opposite the Mauritshuis, and is the main
    entrance to the Binnenhof.

    The Ministry of Public Affairs, address at
    Binnenhof 18-19, has its offices in the
    Binnenhof, along the Hofvijver (Court Pond)
    behind Grenadiers's Gate on the right.
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    A large part of this section, in Neo-Renaissance style, dates from 1913
    but some parts are older, such as the famous Treveszaal (Treves Hall),
    dating from 1697 in Louis XIV style and the octagonal, 15th century turret
    at the corner of the Hofvijver, where the Prime Minister has his office.

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    Binnenhof / Ridderzaal / Rolgebouw

    by al_mary Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    This is anothr "must to see"
    when visiting in Den Haag.
    We highly recommend that
    you not miss it.

    The Binnenhof is a collection
    of very old historical buildings
    in the Hague that has survived
    over many centuries.
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    It has been the location of meetings of the Staten Generaal,
    the Dutch Parliament since 1446, and has been the centre of
    Dutch politics for centuries.

    The grounds on which the Binnenhof now stands was purchased
    by Count Floris IV of Holland in 1229, where he built his mansion.
    More buildings were constructed around the court, several of which
    are well known in their own right, such as the Ridderzaal, the great
    hall or Knights Hall, where the queen holds her annual speech.

    One of the towers, simply known as het Torentje, the small tower,
    has been the working space of the Prime minister of the Netherlands
    since 1982.

    This is also the site where statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
    was executed in 1619.

    This complex housed the local government as early as the 15th century.
    In 1585, it became the seat of the States General of the Republic of the
    Seven United Netherlands ......

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    Galerij Prins Willem V Museum

    by al_mary Updated Feb 13, 2006

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    Galerij prins Willem V
    (Prince William V Gallery)

    All the walls in the space are
    covered from floor to ceiling with
    paintings from the collection of
    Prince Willem V.

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    His private collection formed the basis of the present collection of
    the Mauritshuis and represents the Dutch Golden Age in painting.

    This is another "must to see", mainly because the Galerij was in
    fact the first museum in the Netherlands ......

    The Galerij also gives expression to the royal history of The Hague
    It is practically the archaeological foundation of the long running
    Dutch tradition of private project development.

    The Galerij of Prince Willem V is of great importance for museological
    history as well, from the 18th century on, the collection has been open
    to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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