The Hague is often referred to as the green city for the abundance of parks within the city limits. The Haagse Bos (Den Haag Forest) extends right to the central train station and contains a small fenced area with deer. Personally, I’m most acquired with the forested parks between the centrum and the beach (Scheveningen). These wide swaths of parkland are densely forested but accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. Always a pleasant experience, it’s easy to forget that you’re surrounded by The Netherlands third largest city.
Almshouses (Hofjes) can be found all over the Netherlands, though The Hague has some very famous "hofjes" (a "hofje" means "garden"). These lovely little houses were built for charity in the 17th century where the poorest people were allowed to live for free.
One of the finest almshouses is the Hofje van Wouw which you can find in the center of The Hague, named after its founder "Cornelia van Wouw". The garden inside is really beautiful and Hofje van Wouw is famous because of its Christmas and summer events. The occupants will allow touristy guests to join and sing their Christmas songs. Try their apple-pie, during summertime, too!
About 14 little houses were built in 1647 and, threw open to public. See the beautiful entrance with the bird-symbol, kept in good repair. Right next to it you find the "Hofje van Dam", founded in 1606 (Lange Beestenmarkt 21-47, The Hague). Just across the mainstreet Prinsengracht you'll find the Hooftshofje (from 1756, see pic2) ...
Special city-tours are organized in this region,... and remember when going this direction: my penthouse is very close to these "Hofjes"...
At September 30 there was a special "Biological Fruit" event, very well done, see soon my pictures ...
Clingendael is a big park /estate situated on the border of The Hague and Wassenaar.
In 1818 the Van Brienen family became the exclusive owner of Clingendael. The name 'Clingendael' means 'valley in the dunes'.
The Clingendael estate still offers a true glimpse of the past. The vast, inclining lawns, the clumps of trees and the unique water features are typical of the garden art of this time period.
In 1954 the estate became the property of the city of The Hague who opened it to the public. The Dutch and Japanese Gardens are a precious part of the estate.
The Dutch Garden in Clingendael was created around 1915. It was designed by duchess Marguerite Van Brienen (1871-1939). Her regular contact with British aristocracy influenced her and her design was based on the typical British ‘Dutch Garden’. This type of garden consisted of a geometrical pattern of flower filled box hedges, complemented by nicely shaped shrubbery. The terrace steps were created in 1887. The Dutch Garden was restored in 2009.
On the estate is located Huys Clingendael, a building built between 1643 and 1660 for Philip Doublet, whose family had moved to The Hague from the south of the Netherlands.
Since 1983, the Clingendael Institute (the Netherlands Institute of International Relations) has been located in Huys Clingendael. Clingendael acts as a think-tank as well as a diplomatic academy in order to identify and analyze emerging political and social developments for the benefit of government and the general public.
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This Japanese Garden has been created early 20th century by the owner of the estate Clingendael, baroness Marguerite van Brienen (1871-1939), known as Lady Daisy.
During her travels in Japan she has tried to grasp the unrivalled character and the aesthetic beauty of the gardens she visited.
Back in the Netherlands she created her own interpretation of a Japanese style garden. The character of the garden is very unique, augmented by the layers of moss.
It is the only Japanese Garden from around 1910 in the Netherlands and it is considered to be of great historical importance.
The Japanese Garden is located at Clingendael park.
It is the largest Japanese garden in the Netherlands with an area of 6800 m2.
The Japanese Garden is only open to the public for several weeks each year because of the fragile state of the plants and mosses (April 30th to mid-June).
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'Den Haag Hollands Spoor' railway station is the oldest railway station in The Hague, Netherlands.
It was opened in 1843, when the "Oude Lijn", the oldest railway line in the country, was extended to The Hague.
The railway station was named after the Hollandsche IJzeren Spoorweg-Maatschappij, the company that operated the railway station.
The Hague has two main railway stations: Centraal Station and Hollands Spoor. Trains from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and beyond (e.g., to Brussels and Paris) stop at Hollands Spoor, not at Centraal Station.
The original railway building of 1843 was replaced by the current building designed by D.A.N. Margadant in 1891.
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Right in the center of The Hague and next to the Royal Garden you can go for a walk along the canal of the Toussaintkade/Prinsessewal. It is a beautiful spot of this area, where very nice appartments are found. Enjoy the architecture here ...
There is the Toussaint Theater, some nice restaurants and at both sides the possibility to shop (Piet Heinstraat and Molenstraat). And ofcourse you can visit the Royal Garden, and find the small spiritual spot of the "Elfs-line" outside of the wall of the Royal Garden.
Enjoy The Hague in a total different way and see the Japanese Garden in Clingendael. Baroness Marguérite van Brienen, the founder of the Javanese Garden (1871-1939), travelled to Japan. When returned she brought a tea-house, Japanese lanterns and beautiful stone rocks. She designed herself a Japanese garden and, in 1954 the estate became property of Municipal The Hague.
You love Japan, Japanese design, flowers and beauty in nature? Walk your way and find some beautiful flowers in the Japanese Garden (like Hosta's and Lysichitums Prunus-kinds, Azaleas). Close your eyes, and enjoy the odorous smell of the flowers, it's amazing. The Japanese Garden strictly opens from April 30 until half Juin, all free entrance (09.00 - 20.00 o'clock), no dogs allowed. A short time, although there are special winter-times you are able to watch some special winter flowers, see link.
See my Clingendael's Manor
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The region of Regentesseplein, The Hague (Regent Square) has been built during 1885 to 1910. It was the same time the Dutch Queen Emma governed Holland (1890-1898), because her daughter Wilhelmina, crowned to Dutch Queen, was too young at the time. The Regentesseplein was opened at September 1905.
The Regent Square houses a multi-cultural selection of people who do live in peace here (which cannot be said of other regions). That's why the Regent Square is named the "other" The Hague, in 2001 31th October visited by Crown Prince Willem Alexander and his wife Maxima. See the special Obelisk, dedicated to Regent Queen Emma, and enjoy the beautiful Neo-Renaissance and Jugendstil influence around, or go for a wonderful shop at Weimarstraat ...
This wide avenue between Kneuterdijk and Tournooiveld was originally part of the Earl area and in 1536 Emperor Charles V ordered linden trees to be planted along the avenue. Since the 16th century, the stately residences of court nobility and top government officials have been built here. Most of the avenue's current buildings were erected in the 18th century. But you still find older buildings as the Kloosterkerk, the Pagehuis and of course Palace Lange Voorhout situated here.
Nowadays people just take a stroll along this avenue. And every year in summer (june-september) Den Haag sculpture is held here.
There are attractive and colourful markets throughout The Hague during different days of the week. Try a visit to one of the following markets: >>>
Herman Costerstraat: Mon, Wed en Fri 8am – 6pm; Sat 8am – 5pm.
Here you will find the "Haagse Mart", one of the largest open-air markets of Europe! With a varied offer of multicultural products and all kinds of goods. U can find The Hague Market in de Herman Costerstraat between de Hobbemaplein and de Hoefkade. Well worth a visit!
Gedempte Gracht: Mon 11am – 6pm; Tue - Fri 9am – 6pm; Thu 9am – 9pm; Sat 9am – 5pm.
A small covered very cozy market in the centre of The Hague. For now a part is getting renovated. Find Will's Pancake House, Grote Marktstraat 44, The Hague, for a great pancake (070 - 3639370)
Scheveningen, Stevinstraat: Thu 9am - 4.30pm.
Leyweg: Tue 8am – 5pm.
Loosduinse Hoofdstraat: Wed 9am - 4.30pm.
Market in the centre of Loosduinen.
Torenstraat (next to Grote Kerk): Wed 11am – 6pm.
Alternative little market in the old centre with biological products.
Volmerlaan 12, Rijswijk: Sat and Sun 9am – 9pm.
Covered fair with all sorts of shops and theme markets.
Antiques & Book Market:
Lange Voorhout: May - Sept. Thu 11am – 7pm and Sun 11am – 5pm
Plein: Oct. - May Thu 11am – 7pm
If you really wanna go The Hague and, meeting some very local "Hagenezen" (The Hague people), you could have a Haagse (The Hague) snack. Find yourself one of the famous "Koffiehuis" (coffee-houses) or a Mister Snack (this one is a 10 minutes walk from center)...
The area of such a place even used to be filmed for a soapy program on local TV, with a lot of fun. Try a "broodje-kroket" (bread with deep-fried croquette), or the raw herring, a "patatje oorlog" (French fries with peanut sauce, mayonanaise and raw pieces of unions) and maybe with some luck you could get a cup of "erwtensoep" (Dutch green peas soup)...
enjoy your snack
See the South side of Groenmarkt (Green-market) where the Old City Hall (Oude Stadhuis) shines in all her old Dutch Renaissance style. It contains the entrance to the office suites and the large basement restaurant, too.
This is the old quarter of The Hague, where it fronts onto the main shopping Vene street, the chique Bonneterie (a department store, well-known for its international and royal clients) and, the famous terrace of 't Gouden Hooft Restaurant (Golden Head Restaurant). This triangle formed place still is the heart of city's center of The Hague. And have to mention the 2 beautiful ladies (true Goddesses!) on the front having a chat ...
Goddesses Justice & Prudence
Too easilly people pass this one by. Yes, it's a department-store, and its main purpose is to sell you things. But even if you don't want that you might want to take a look. Because this department-store, De Bijenkorf ("the beehive"), is one of the country's big monuments of expressionist architecture. It was designed by architect P.L. Kramer, one of the founding members of the Amsterdam School, and built from 1924-1926, which makes it also one of the last big buildings of this style. The exterior is decorated with the works of a multitude of sculptors and other artists. This is more than just a building, it's a work of art.
Just recently visited the Escher Museum again and when i came out of the building and looked out into the Lange Voorhout i still found that such a great sight. I can't imagine how it must have been 2 centuries back with the horse-and-carriages instead of all those cars parked and driving along...
Next to the government center is an old dune lake. It has been 'cultivated' in the middle ages. In 1632 it got most of it's current shape. In 1924 they made it a little larger.
The view over the water is fantastic in almost all directions. Most of the buildings are of great architecture