I never really knew much about The Hague except for the fact that my Aunt worked here. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, although the parliament and the Dutch government have been situated here in The Hague. This city isn’t exactly on Europe’s most popular list but I had come to develop a certain kind of romance with Den Haag. I must say, this would be my favourite amongst the seven Dutch cities I’ve been to (aside from Amsterdam) for Den Haag is gleaming with grace. There’s this unexplainable kind of comfort with this place that I just feel so at home here.
The setting was at sundown on a Tuesday when we drove around Den Haag briefly. I just instantly fell in love with this little city’s timeless charm that I had to come back and explore it on my own.
Noordeinde Palace is where I marked home base in Den Haag. This is one of the three official palaces of the Dutch royal family and is currently used as the “working palace”. I had one of the most memorable afternoon when I simply sat in front of this palace as I enjoyed my ice cream.
Thursday. I finally went out to explore on my own, eager to discover and be consumed with every part possible by this city. I took the train from home(Seghwaert Station) to Den Haag Spui(just one stop from Central Station).
Undeniably the best Pistachio Ice Cream I’ve ever had. It was just love at first bite that left me speechless at it’s simplicity. This Italian Ice Cream cart called “Italiaans Schepijs” was frequently found along the streets of Den Haag. I had my second serving by The Peace Palace or Versailles.
The Binnenhof. Located in the city centre of The Hague, next to the breathtaking Hofvijver lake. It is the oldest House of Parliament in the world that is still in use as the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Next to this was the gallery of Prince William V.
The Peace Palace or Vredespaleis; this immense early 19th century infrastructure become the icon of The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. It was absolutely beckoning- I really am in Europe.
I had my second serving of gelato from “Italiaans Schepijs” outside the gates of the Peace Palace.
Late lunch at this small & cozy cafe called “Juni”. You will find comforting and healthy but tasty sandwiches and pastries here. I read this as part of the recommended restaurants in the area, I didn’t intentionally look for this place but I stumbled upon it anyway.
Gallerij Prins Willem V. This was the first public museum in The Netherlands displaying the Prince’s massive art collection of 150 paintings.
On another relaxed day, I had brought my grandmother with me here to The Hague for a morning of shopping and leisure. We had lunch at Deluca at De Passage.
The Passage is the only remaining example in the Netherlands of this type of covered shopping street, popular in major European and American cities during the 19th century. This building boasts a high, glass ceiling, but with a modern twist which captivated me with it’s charm. Shopping with my grandmother was such a delight in this area.