The Hague Warnings and Dangers

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    Traveller Cheques

    by RoyJava Updated Sep 25, 2006

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    Although it is well-known to change your traveller cheques at the banks, and are widely accepted, it does can give you a problem. When so and not able to collect yours, only the GWK Office (at the major railway stations) provides currency exchange.

    These offices are open 7 days a week. In The Hague you can find the GWK Office (in Dutch "Grens Wissel Kantoor") at

    GWK DEN HAAG CS KONINGIN JULIANAPLEIN 10
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    GWK DEN HAAG HS STATIONSPLEIN 50

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    Special Exhibits at Art Museums

    by hquittner Written Sep 3, 2006
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    The transformation of museums from the aristocratic possessive galleries of holdings to "Education" is in full swing all over the world. Special Exhibits are "in". A mixture of motives are in play ranging from increased (fee charged) viewership, rental of audioguides (fee), commercial sponsorship (to defray costs of picture transport, insurance and more), publicity for the museum, publications for sale (with enhancement of reputation for curators and others of influence), intermuseum connections to amplify future exhibitions, etc. When we visited the Maritshuis in May 2006, a special exhibit entitled "Dreaming in Italy" was in progress. Like most very old museums, they do not have the space for such efforts, so regular museum space must be compromised by the temporary removal of "lesser works" and rearrangement of some of the permanent collection. The increase in attendance in the special rooms filled with audioguide holders, half of whom have their backs to the paintings to enhance their cell-phone primed attention, requires the physical strength of a down-lineman to overcome. ADVICE: Unless the special exhibit contains many objects you MUST see, stick to yoour original visit plan and enjoy the original holdings that remain on view. (You can glance at the special exhibit but do not pay the supplement if possible.) The attached were in the Exhibit (surprisingly, photography was permitted). The influence of these painting upon 17C Dutch art is tenuous and Robert, Vernet and Turner lived after the Dutch period of flowering was over. In fact Turner benefitted from his Italian sojourn in recognizing that (through his watercolors in Venice which were not shown) realism was not the way for him to express his insights.

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    DANGEROUS WATER

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 20, 2006

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    When the wind is blowing over the ocean, the surface is moving too. The tidal currents cause dangerous situations for swimmers. Though the breakwaters, placed by humans, are even more perfidious, while it causes watercourses under the ocean surface. You cannot see these channels of suction (named "muistroom" in Dutch), so you should take care when bathing in the sea as there are dangerous undercurrents and strong with ebb-tide. Watch for the signs, places all along the North Sea coast of Holland ...

    When sucked into such a "muistroom", don't panic. The more you struggle, the more you sink away, the more you're gonna tire yourself. Let go all of it, and when the water has lost her strong power, and it's quiet again, you can swim back quietly, even the shore looks far away. This is the best you can do, and please, do avoid the piers ...

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    The Hague Woods - Haagsche Bos

    by RoyJava Updated Dec 30, 2005

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    The Haagsche Bos (The Hague Wood) is a green area close to the center of The Hague, next to Maliveld where a lot of events take place. Around 1570 the Haagsche Bos got shortened because of the need of wood for the locals to defend themselves against Spanish troops. Though the Spaniards got away with the wood and, the Haagsche Bos never recovered from it.

    In day-time it is worth for a lovely walk and making some wonderful pics (included fashion pics), but take care with night-time. The area will be seeked for the gay scene to find a date ... they have been removed to other places, though come back all the time. Just a note when facing the Haagsche Bos in the dark ...

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    Don't leave luggage unattended

    by dln6874 Written Dec 26, 2005

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    As any seasoned traveller, including myself, should be aware, don't leave your luggage unattended. Riding the trains is common in Europe, but often there is not enough room by the seats to store your luggage. I stupidly left the luggage in a corner behind my seat. I was a bit off guard since I was traveling with a local. I did turnaround to check on it a few minutes later, but by then my backpack (the big kind) was gone! I took my eyes off of it for like 2 minutes, and the train hadn't even departed yet! I had a flight to catch at the airport (thank goodness it happenned at the end of the trip) so I could not spend too much time going to file a report at the main train stations (the staff there is hardly of any help either). Anyways, take it from me. Don't let your guard down - always keep an eye on your belongings!!!

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    Dogs & Kids

    by RoyJava Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    When wanna have fun at beach resort of Scheveningen keep in mind there are "No Dogs Allowed". Concerning the area around the Kurhaus & the Pier, the police connives at bringing your dog at Noorder- and Zuiderstrand. Even a lost of a dog you may report at the police and, the same concerns your kids.

    Tell the kids to watch the symbols on the poles which are right in the front of each the beach-houses/pavilions (includes t-shirt, camel, ice-cream etc., see pic). So they are able to find their way back when loosing their way. Horse-riding police is around all day long, including police-cars. See link for phone ...

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    Parking Problems - Wheel-trap

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    Excuses, I had to remove this "Danger-Tip", because the government decided the "wheel-trap" is not of any importants anymore... though I thought this is a nice memory of those back-times ... so it be.

    It's all about parking places at The Hague. That means paying a lot of money! In main streets you have to pay about 2-3 Euro an hour, so best opinion is to park your car in one of the car parks. It's cheaper and safer.

    And do pay the money for your parking place in the street. Otherwise you'll find for sure a parking ticket up to about 45 Euro (see address for pay)! A lot of visiting tourist gaped at the yellow wheel-trap and, got flipped paying the bill ... though last year the government decided to get rid of these yellow demons! So no more wheel-traps anymore ...

    Visitors address Postal Office
    Loosduinseweg 13-17
    2571 AA The Hague

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    Opening hours on workdays from 07.45 am until 04.00 pm

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    Parking Area The Hague

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    Already mentioned (see above) the parking problems still grow every day in The Hague. So driving a car watch parking-sign all over the centre of The Hague and areas around the centre. Not that funny your car has been dragged away! And we refuse to believe the rumour that the centre will change in a totally park-free (no cars allowed) area very soon ... (keep in touch, I'll put it here at once!)

    Visitors address Postal Office
    Loosduinseweg 13-17
    2571 AA The Hague

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    Opening hours on workdays from 07.45 am until 04.00 pm

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    On The List

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    You may have heard, or seen on TV, about the Dutch drama of the terrorists. The police spotted a house (Antoniusstreet, Laakkwartier) where could live people who were members of a terrorist-group. When seeing them early in the morning the entire arrest ended up in a dramatic finish, and took the whole day. So The Hague has been put on the list of "risky individuals" like Madrid.

    Friends of me could see the drama-spot I just had photographed a few weeks ago. Well, donot get annoyed by the idea, we still have the upmost important inhabitant in The Hague ... the Queen of Holland!

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    Don't get bored!

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    The Hague, unfortunately, is the best-known Dutch city for building schemes. That is why The Hague got the cover of all papers by spending too much money for all kind of projects. It could happen that at one time 70 places along the road of The Hague were closed, and our cars got diverted in traffic. Yep, a lot of angry people, tourists, situations!

    Well, think of the beautiful places The Hague will offer in future, ... heehee. Like this Rabbijn Maarsenplein next to Markthof, center The Hague. Ehm, donot ask me if the place really will show up like this great street-sign, a billboard showing that future ...
    ;o)))

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    Watch This Sign

    by RoyJava Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    Taking a walk in the dunes, woods or along the beach is a wonderful idea to spend your time in and around The Hague. There are some spots you cannot enter. Like behind this warning-sign "Verboden Toegang" ("Prohibited"!). Do not proceed on your great walk, you will get a penalty-ticket of a not-funny highness (even in this royal city...)!

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    Just to be sure

    by 20011019 Written Aug 27, 2004

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    The Hague is not more dangerous than other cities. But these are the neighbourhoods you can better avoid in the night. They aren't THAT dangerous, but the people around here tend to be more agressive, and there's is nothing you'd miss if you wouldnt go here in the night, so there's no use.
    So don't go to:
    - De Schilderswijk
    - Stationsbuurt - neighbourhood around HS (trainstation)

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    Trams are everywhere!!

    by Nathalie_B Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    Driving around The Hague you may forget about the trams. Be careful!!! We almost got hit by one. Almost though.... :-) Another problem is that a lot of roads are actually trams rails as well and often you can find yourslef in a traffic just becuase of them.
    Look at the picture, I guess this poor guy was chased by a tram and had to "climb" with his car up to the building to avoid an accident. :-)

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    Watch out for the trams!

    by Mique Updated Jul 2, 2003

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    Especially when you come to Den Haag by car. Most people aren't used to trams and forget to look out for them. And so every once in a while you see a car parked against a tram..

    But also when you go by bike or when you are on foot.. remember don't forget that they have priority.

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    We strawled into a little...

    by nighthawk Written Sep 12, 2002

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    We strawled into a little alley and suddenly stood for a large gate with guards standing there. They looked at us with strict eyes and my friend almost ran away. I could understand, for we probable were at the gate to the Palace at Noordeinde (where either the queen or prince Willem Alexander lives) but I just had to take this photograph, so I turned my back to the guards and quietly did what I wanted to do.

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