THE HAGUE OVERVIEW:
The Hague, also called ‘s-Gravenhage, is The Netherlands governmental capital, housing the governments seat. With 500,000 inhabitants it’s Holland’s third-largest city, but politically it’s the most important city. The Hague is known for its unique balance between old and new architecture, but mostly for its international value. Here you’ll find the seat of Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court and the Council of the State. Most foreign embassies in The Netherlands and 150 international organisations are housed in The Hague, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. This makes it one of the major cities hosting the United Nations, along with New York, Brussels, Geneva, Bonn, Vienna, Tokyo and Nairobi.
WHAT TO DO?:
You can imagine the look of all the palaces, mansions and the breath-taking parks all contribute to the stunning city of The Hague. In addition to that the city centre offers many restaurants, terraces and let’s not forget: the beach at Scheveningen is around the corner! There are many cultural, sporty and educational activities in and around The Hague, like visiting museums or surfing on the beach.
The Netherlands with its long North Sea coast, has a typically moderate marine climate. The sea’s influence ensures that it’s not too cold during winter (average of 3.5 degrees Celsius in January), not too hot during summer(average of 22 degrees Celsius in July), and there is always sufficient moisture in the air for a shower. So if you plan to visit Holland, it would be wise to keep this in mind. Popular months to visit The Netherlands are between April and November, but fireplaces and winter parks are also cosy for some!
The Hague is just like Rotterdam, accessible by their shared airport ‘Rotterdam / The Hague Airport’, and welcomes many European flight destinations. For those travelling from further destinations, Schiphol Airport Amsterdam is their entry point, followed by a 40-minute drive by either car, coach or train. The Hague is also accessible by car, coach or train from many other European metropoles.
Just like anywhere in The Netherlands, The Hague is also a compact city and walking or cycling is often the best way to get around the city. To travel further or faster, The Hague also offers excellent public transport service with the choice of tram or coaches.
Just like everywhere in Holland, the bicycle is the easiest, fun sometimes even fastest way of getting around. There are multiple bike rental possibilities for those looking for an active way of sightseeing.
ACCOMMODATION & BUSINESS:
The Hague welcomes 400.000 hotel guests each year and competes with Rotterdam for being the largest congress-city of The Netherlands. The quality of hotels varies from 1 to 5 star-hotels and ranges from boutique to large congress-hotels. The Hague is also perfect for gala events, having many ‘unique’ venues. Think about the elegant Kurhaus in Scheveningen, a gorgeous and unforgettable event venue.
PERFORMANCE TRAVEL SAYS:
The Hague is a (yet) more unknown destination in Holland, but it is expected to grow fast in both consumer and business tourism. Its international allure and history contribute to the authenticity of the city and perhaps also to your business travel purpose. A great and not to be forgotten city to visit while in The Netherlands.