It was about time for Chris and me for another weekend trip. Located in the western part of Germany, it is only a short drive for us to get to Belgium, France, Luxembourg or the Netherlands, and still, we do not travel there very often. Therefore last weekend we spontaneously decided to go on a trip to the Netherlands. Our alarm rang quite early on Saturday morning and after a quick breakfast, we sat in the car and made our way over to the city of The Hague, which is only a three hours drive from Cologne.
The Hague is located on the west coast of the Netherlands, some 60 km away from Amsterdam. It is actually the third largest city of the country after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Also, the city is former capital and official seat of the Royal Family and the International Court of Justice, with some 500,000 inhabitants. Quite a lot for such an unknown city!
Accommodation in The Hague
We booked a room in the B-Aparthotel. However, because of overbooking, they transferred us to the opposite Marriot hotel. The rooms were clean and very modern. In addition, the B-Aparthotel gave us free parking and invited us for breakfast.
Chris wanted to go to the beach immediately, so we took the tram to Scheveningen Beach. The beach is wide and filled with beach clubs. We walk along the famous pier and enjoy the view over the sea, where we could see many container ships on the horizon. Overall we did not like the beach in Scheveningen very much. We got the impression, that the place was once popular among the rich and beautiful and has since lost its charm. We find the beach too full and a little trashy. Nevertheless, we sat in one of the beach restaurants and ate a bite while enjoying the view.
TRAM & BUS DAY TICKET: 6,50€
TRAM & BUS 1 HOUR TICKET: 3,50€
Peace Palace & Palais Noordeinde
To get to the inner city, we hopped on the tram again. At the Peace Palace we got off. Built in 1913, this building houses the International Court of Justice.
We walked towards the city center and reached the Palais Noordeinde, the official seat of the king. The streets around are very lively and invited us to go window shopping: art galleries, restaurants, second hand shops and expensive boutiques are lined up next to each other. We walked around and enjoyed the atmosphere. We have not imagined The Hague to be as lively and modern as it is and were positively surprised.
TIPP: GO WINDOW SHOPPING BETWEEN FOLLOWING STREETS: TORENSTRAAT - KERKPLEIN - NOORDEINDE - HOGEWAL.
At the Pistache Cafe, we enjoyed a delicious coffee in the sun. I was eager to go explore more, so we walked in the direction of the 13th century inner courtyard. This was once a hunting lodge, today it houses the Senate as well as the Parliament and the workplace of the Prime Minister.
Through the inner courtyard we reach the museum Mauritshuis. In addition to great paintings by Dutch artists, the museum houses the well-known painting Girl with the pearl earring by Vermeer. Even the beautiful interior of the museum is worth a visit.
OPENING TIMES OF MAURITSHUIS: DAILY 10 AM - 6 PM, MONDAYS 1 PM - 6 PM, THURSDAYS 10 AM - 8 PM
PRICES: FULL PRICE 14 €, STUDENTS 11 €
Before dinner, we took another break at the hotel. Even on the weekend, the bus and tram connections are very good and so it doesn’t take long before we throw ourselves on our bed after todays walking.
dinner in The Hague
For dinner, we return to the old town. When strolling around town in the afternoon, we discovered the Brasserie Chapter and reserved a table. The small restaurant is beautifully decorated and you can watch the chef, who cooks the dishes in the same room. The menu is a dream, Chris ordered two appetizers to his steak and even I found loads of delicious meals. The atmosphere is great and the artistically prepared dishes are wonderful. With a glass of wine we enjoyed the end of the day.
BRASSERIE CHAPTER: ANNASTRAAT 17, 2513 AT DEN HAAG (OPEN TUESDAY - SATURDAY 7 PM - 11 PM)
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What about you?
What are your tipps about the city of The Hague? Do you have any favorite places, restaurants or shops? I'd love to hear about your suggestions!