Den Haag/The Hague Journals

cls223 and Marianne in The Hague

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A travel journal to Den Haag/The Hague by Marianne

Haagse Bluf, Shopping Centre Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands More Photos
Quote: Guide cls223 has seen everything there is in Amsterdam. When she was in the Netherlands again for a holiday, we decided to have a day in The Hague together and checked out some pretty unusual places.

cls223 and Marianne in The Hague

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Overview

The Hague Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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‘s-Gravenhage or Den Haag and in English The Hague is not the capital city of the Netherlands. It is the Seat of Government, the city where you will find foreign Embassies and Consulates. Queen Beatrix lives in The Hague, her ‘Work Palace’ is in the centre and the Crown prince, Willem Alexander lives next to this palace in a terraced house. The Hague and its seaside suburb Scheveningen are less often visited by foreign tourists than Amsterdam. Because of the many foreigners who live in The Hague the city has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Hague has many museums. Panorama Mesdag is unique in its kind. It’s a circular painting all around you and gives the impression that ...Read More

't Goude Hooft

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Restaurant

't Goude Hooft Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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Café Restaurant ’t Goude Hooft looks unmistakably medieval, but it isn’t. The present-day building was built in the 1930s. However, its history goes back to 1423 when it first opened its doors and the innkeeper started serving food and beer. Beer is still being served today: Heineken and Vos on tap, but also bottled beers; Duval, La Trappe and Sol. Food has been adapted to 21st century international taste: chicken fillet with pesto sauce and pine nuts. ’t Goude Hooft is famous for its Dutch cuisine favourites: peasoup with smoked sausage, kroketten, uitsmijter, poffertjes, bitterballen, appeltaart. Outside facing t...Read More

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't Goude Hooft
Dagelijke Groenmarkt
The Hague, Netherlands

Panorama Mesdag

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Attraction

Panorama Mesdag Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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I’m leaning against the railing of the beach pavilion on top of Seinpost sand dune. A panoramic view all around me. The sun breaks through the clouds and creates shifting patterns on the beach and the sea. I can see bathers in funny, old-fashioned swimming costumes, beached fishing-boats, cavalry exercising, a woman in front of a painter’s easel, a sun umbrella next to her, women mending fishing-nets, an abandoned clog and an empty bottle half covered in white sand, and behind me Scheveningen village, the church, the lighthouse, people walking in the streets. Momentarily I am deceived in believing that this is the real view. But what I see is a 120-metre circular canvas. This illusion...Read More

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Panorama Mesdag
Zeestraat 65
Den Haag, Netherlands 2518 AA
070 3644 544

Van Kleef & Zoon

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Attraction | "van Kleef & Zoon"

Van Kleef & Zoon Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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The doorbell tinkles softly when I enter van Kleef & zoon’s liquor shop cum distillery. It is a step back in time and I imagine myself in a 19th century shop. On my left is a counter with liquor bottles and knicknacks of yesteryear. An old fashioned cash register takes pride of place. It is like an old fashioned typewriter. But instead of letters there are numbers on the keys. When pressed a little flap pops up and displays the amount to be paid. On my left is the ‘drinks organ’. It is a collection of wooden casks lying on their sides. Each cask has a small tap. In the old days people us...Read More

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Van Kleef & Zoon
Lange Beestenmarkt 109
The Hague, Netherlands

Haagse Bluf, Shopping Centre

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Attraction

Haagse Bluf, Shopping Centre Photo, Den Haag/The Hague, Netherlands
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Right in the heart of The Hague there is a unique shopping centre. It is not so much the shops that are special, it is the architecture which is most unusual. It is a mixture of old and new styles which go very well together. If you have been wandering through The Hague some of the buildings may look very familiar to you. And you are not mistaken. They are copies of some existing The Hague buildings. There is a copy of the Pagehuis the original is at Lange Voorhout, a most impressive avenue lined with historic buildings, a walkway in the middle with old trees giving shade. There is an Art Deco facade, the original can be found in the Denneweg, a street famous for its...Read More

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Haagse Bluf, Shopping Centre
Dagelijkse Groenmarkt
The Hague, Netherlands