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
The Royal lake (de Hofvijver), also known as 'the Pond' with the houses of Parliament.
The Castle of Floris IV was built on a dune beside this lake so that there was always a supply of fresh water. Canals were dug around the 'Binnenhof' for protection. Most of the canals were filled in but the lake remains and is fed by the river de Beek.
Pages'House, built between 1618 and 1628, is one of the few remaining houses with a 'stepped gable' in this part of the city.
It takes it name from the time the building was a boarding school for future squires. (Page means squire)
The place in the Neterlands to see musicals.
The Phantom of the opera, miss saigon and Elisabeth were succesfull. We saw Teh phantom and Miss Saigon. It was a perfect combination of special effects and performance.
Rosarium Westbroekpark, near Scheveningen.
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Park in The Hague, near Scheveningen.
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