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Cities in Holland | The Hague

januari 9, 2016

The Hague is one of the largest cities of the Netherlands. The Dutch government, parliament and also the royal family are to be found here. So why isn’t the Hague the capital of the Netherlands? Keep on reading if you want to know the answer to that question and more about my day in The Hague!

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I’m not sure, but they might replace these statues over the course of time. I always see artwork being displayed on pillars in and around the city center of The Hague. Both statues in the pictures sparked up my interest. Especially the second one, because it kind of looks cartoonish to me.

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As you can see the Netherlands is really the land of the bicycle. You will find bicycles in all the corners of the street. Awesome though.. Reducing your carbon footprints while working out. Win-win!

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Those bikes were parked in front of a library. The white, round looking building, which I visit sometimes for a study session.

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We continued walking towards the binnenhof. It is kind of like the center of Dutch politics. Binnenhof is a square surrounded by buildings. Fancy looking buildings which belong to the top 100 monuments of the Netherlands.

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The binnenhof is almost 700 years old. Until today they’re still planning renovations to keep it in good shape. Although this place might seem boring at first, paying some attention to the details of the buildings can make the experience a lot more memorable. I found it to be very fascinating.

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I always have found my own country fairly boring. Still until today I do, but actually there is so much to discover in The Netherlands. A rich history lies hidden in a lot of unexpected places, buildings and streets.

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As I said in the beginning of this post the dutch parliament and government are to be found in The Hague. So why isn’t The Hague the capital of The Netherlands? I’ve asked myself that question a couple of times, but never took the time to look it up.

A quick look on wikipedia learned me the following. During the beginning of the Kingdom of Holland The Hague was the capital of The Netherlands. In 1808 Amsterdam was named capital of the Netherlands and Lodewijk Napoleon moved to Amsterdam. Two years later he had been called back to Paris. The Netherlands was annexed by the Kingdom of France. In the year 1813 the government moved back to The Hague, but Amsterdam still remained as the capital. More details about this are to be found online.

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We had a look in the Mauritshuis for a bit. It has a collection of world famous paintings from the Golden Ages. The Mauritshuis is a majestic old house from the 17th century. Art made by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen en Rubens are to be found there.

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Exiting the Mauritshuis we took a stroll around the binnenhof. There is a huge pond were a lot of ducks like to spend their time, haha. It’s quite beautiful scenery. Especially with the sun being so bright. Colors are much more vibrant.

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Not far away from the binnenhof is the Paleis Noordeinde.

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We walked through its garden as well. In Dutch it goes by the name of Paleistuin. A very romantic spot with lots of flowers blooming in the summer.

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For lunch we went to Vapiano, a Italian restaurant. I would almost call it a fast food restaurant, because the food is made so fast there.. Way healthier than Mcpoop though.

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Our next plan was to take a seat on a terrace and have a warm cup of tea or coffee. We walked through the city center’s shopping area all the way to the Grote Markt.

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We relaxed underneath the sun and chatted about what we had seen and liked. The Grote Markt is really an enjoyable place to sit down and have a drink. Sometimes it can be very crowded though, but once you are sitting at a table with the people you know it kind of feels like a private spot away from all the busyness.

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The red and the white building are very close to the central station of The Hague. I think they are called JuBi towers if I am correct. They are 140 meter tall and are really eye catching compared to the buildings surrounding it.

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Tram spotting like a model over here, haha.

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We made our way to the station to head back home for a nice warm meal. I remember it was a long day. After taking some time to admire the aesthetic features of the central station of The Hague we took the train. Ah, The Hague I really need to appreciate you more. The city is so versatile with its beaches, modern and old buildings, politics, shopping center, posh and ghetto side of the city and a lot more. Yeah, I will go back more often just to snap some pictures.

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