The Hague or Den Haag in Dutch is one of the most special cities – a hidden gem in the Netherlands. Not only because the seat of the Dutch government is located here, but because of the many monuments, historic neighbourhoods and its ideal location near the coast. It isn’t for nothing that The Hague is known as the “Royal City by the sea”.
While The Hague may not be the official capital of the Netherlands, parliament and the office of the Prime Minister can be found here. On the third Tuesday of September, the golden carriage leaves the Noordeinde Palace and rides through the city in what is called Prinsjesdag or Prince’s Day in English.
The Hague is also the only major Dutch City on the North Sea. The coastline is 11 kilometres long. The city has two seaside resorts: Scheveningen and Kijkduin. The natives love to lie in the sun in the summer and to get a breath of fresh air on the coast in the fall. And then, of course, eat some fish. With a metropolitan population of more than 1 million, it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague is a city of bars and terraces. Even in the winter and summer, there are always people having drinks on Het Plein and Grote Markt. Tourists can also enjoy the famous Bakkie Pleur (a real Hague delicacy). Although The Hague is not the capital of the Netherlands, it does play that role. Almost all embassies and ministries in the Netherlands are located in the city.