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  • Binnenhof and Hofvijver (and seagulls!)
    Binnenhof and Hofvijver (and seagulls!)
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  • Flags blow by the Hofvijver
    Flags blow by the Hofvijver
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    Jantje 2
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    The Binnenhof ('Inner Court')

    by Dutchnatasja Written Dec 14, 2005

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    The Binnenhof (‘Inner Court’) is the seat of the Dutch government. There have been government buildings at this location since the 13th century. It used to be the residence of the Counts of Holland, and today it is home to the Parliament.

    Some history about The Binnenhof:

    In the 17th century when The Hague was government center (and there for capital) of the Republic, the walls were replaced by buildings. A Palace for the Prince of Orange, who was the Stadhouder (militairy commander and head of state), and official buildings for the Governments of Holland and the Republic.

    Unlike most of todays Republics the Netherlands had a Prince (the Orange family) as head of state (called Stadhouder ["Steward"] ). There were no elections by the people but the real power was in the hands of the Cities. The richer the city, the more power. The Hague was not a city itself, because the old and mighty cities of the Country prevented it from becoming one (until 1806), so The Hague wasn't allowed to build citywalls and towers until the 17th century. And when The Hague finally got permission to build walls in the 16th century it decided to build a cityhall instead and 50 years later, when Prince Maurits of Orange urged The Hague to build walls there was no money.

    So the only walls had been around the castle. The Hague's local government did not have a vote in the Government of Holland. Dordrecht, Amsterdam, Leiden, Delft and Gouda (to name a few) did.

    Today, when we mention the "Binnenhof" we mean the governmentcenter of the country, including the Buitenhof, courtpond (a former dune lake), the Prisongate and all other gates and buildings around the Binnenhof.

    Het Binnenhof (Inner Court), The Hague
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    The Hague Tourist Information Office

    by Dutchnatasja Written Nov 25, 2005

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    First thing to do is going to a Tourist Information center. They can help you with everything you want to know about The Hague. For example:

    • information about transport and accommodation
    • reservations for hotels and guesthouses
    • cheap packages
    • theatre and concerts tickets
    • discount tickets to Madurodam, Duinrell, National Sea Life, and much more
    • unique gifts
    • day trips
    • city walks
    • tickets for public transport
    • telephone cards

    The Hague Tourist Information Office
    Den Haag Marketing
    Address: Koningin Julianaplein 30
    2595 AA Den Haag
    Phone: (+31) (0)70 363 56 76
    Fax: (+31) (0)70 347 21 02

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    No ordenary rose: Westbroekpark

    by dutchboycalledjan Written Sep 19, 2005

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    Westbroekpark is one of the best parks in The Hague. The main attraction are their rose gardens that feature a contest every year. This is an international contest and some of the loveliest rosen bloom in large beds. The parks also has fine grass, a place for children to play, a restaurant and, its best kept secret, a lovely tea house. The tea house serves very good coffee, tea and drinks and buys its bakery from the best patiseries in The Hague. Here you can also rent a rowing boat (one has been called 'Titanic').
    The park has been landscaped on a terrain were there used to be dunes. The sand was used for building purposes. The ground is very level, just above the ground water level. This is ideal for many plants, like roses. Also, as it is fairly deep and steep to the North West and open to the south, there is not much windand a lot of sunshine.

    The rose garden, as promissed The tea house and the boats

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    Modern Architecture in Den Haag

    by Airpunk Written Sep 14, 2005

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    East to the central train station you can find some modern buildings making you feel that you are in some part of Rotterdam. The buildings are usde for different purposes, mostly business, living or governmental purposes. Among them is the ministry of foreign affairs which is shown on the picture. The dutch flag is set on half-mast because it was shortly after the death of Wim Duisenberg.

    Ministry of foreign affairs
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    De Plaats - More Cafés and Johan de Witt

    by Airpunk Written Sep 13, 2005

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    De Plaats is a square in the city cneter, near the Buitenhof/Binnenhof and the Hofvijver. It as a place surrounded by small shops and cafés. The most remarkable sculpture in this place is the one of Johan de Witt, one of the most importnat statesmen in dutch history. He was killed in 1672 by a mob after power conflicts with the royals. The monument marks the place where he was killed.

    de Witt monument in den Haag
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    De Plein - Cafés and monument of Willem I.

    by Airpunk Written Sep 13, 2005

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    The monument of Willem de Zwijger (william of Orange) dominates this place where you will find a lot of cafés. It is a place full of life, but the prices at the cafés are above average. In the background, you have old and new buildings of the Binnanhof, on the other side, you can see modern skyscrapers in the background.

    Willem I., modern architecture and the Caf��s Monument of Willem de Zwijger, father of the natio
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    'T Goude Hooft (Nice building from 17th century)

    by Airpunk Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    'T Goude Hooft is a restaurant situated in a building from 1660. Its origins date back to 1423. The building was completely refurbished in 1934. I haven't been in the restaurant, so I can't tell about the quality of the food. But the building is beautiful enough.

    't Goude Hooft
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    Binnenhof & Ridderzaal

    by Robert_Hun Written Apr 16, 2005

    The Binnenhof (Inner Court), including the Hall of Knights (Ridderzaal), is the center of Holland's political life and the official seat of government.
    The buildings on the left and right of the Ridderzaal are the first and second chamber of the parliament.
    In the center of the Binnenhof, Ridderzaal hosts the Queen's annual address (you can see the royal throne), the opening of the parliament and official receptions.

    Ridderzaal
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    Film Huis Den Haag - Alternative movies

    by rsilva Written Mar 27, 2005

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    If you are looking for more that the latest American blockbuster, this is the place for you.
    Here you will find all kinds of alternative movies from all countries (all in original language with Dutch subiles) - Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, etc, etc. There are over 10 different films showing every day and the programme changes daily. Take a look at the website for programming information.

    There is also a very cosy cafe inside and a restaurant as well (I've never eaten there).

    This is a great spot for spending an evening (or afternoon, for that matter).

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    Escher museum

    by Bigjones Written Feb 2, 2005

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    I finally saw this museum I've been willing to see for so long and it's as great as I thought (have to say I'm a fan). The museum in itself makes you feel as if you were in one of Escher's perspective and the collection is very rich and impressive. A very interesting and interactive museum.

    Escher in het Paleis
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    SKARING, SNOWBOARDING, SKIING, WALL CLIMBING .....

    by eden_teuling Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Ahh, this is a great place for VT sportsmen & sportswomen!!

    You can rent everything you need such as skates, clothes, shoes, skies etc..

    I myself love going there and can recommend this wonderful center for sport & entertainment to you all!

    For more info: visit their website...

    INFO IN - OUTDOOR CENTER THE HAGUE...

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    Museum for Communication...

    by Nantosvelta Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Museum for Communication (Former PTT Museum)

    Visit the Museum for Communication to learn all about the history of post and telephony and get a full overview of the most recent developments.

    The museum is teriffic for children due to the interactive character of most exhibitions.

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    The Literairy Museum

    by Nantosvelta Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The Literairy Museum
    The Literary Museum
    The museum has a variety of collections and exhibitions on Dutch literature since the 1750's.

    The Childrensbookmuseum:
    This museum is housed in the same building and is devided in 15 cabinets with each a different theme. For example: war, detectives, family, the bible.
    It is a lovely experience for both young and old

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    International Court of Justice

    by SnoopySue Updated Feb 5, 2005

    International Court of Justice is competent to settle disputes between member states of the United Nations. You can see how it looks like settling dispute between rain and the sun...

    International Court of Justice

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    HAAGSCHE BLUF

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 10, 2004

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    The Haagsche Bluf is a new developped shopping area in a historical setting between Vlamingstraat en Venestraat.

    Dolf Brouwersstraat / Haagsche Bluf
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