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Highlights in The Hague
Throughout the ages, ‘Het Binnenhof’ in The Hague has been the centre of politics in the Netherlands. Built in the 13th century, Binnenhof is a gothic castle situated along the lake, Hofvijver. The collection of buildings is now used as the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, as well as for the States-General of the Netherlands, and Ministry of General Affairs. The structure is rich with Dutch heritage and is the oldest in-use House of Parliament in the world.
Escher in Het Paleis
During the 20th century, M.C. Escher was a prominent Dutch artist who applied mathematics and geometry to his graphic art. Because of this, his art has a beautiful symmetry to it that is very captivating to the eye. Housed in what was once a royal palace, Escher in Het Paleis is a museum dedicated to the artist’s work. Explore over 150 of his most famous prints, in addition to woodcuts, mosaics, landscapes, and more. The second floor has been converted to an interactive, optical illusion experience, so that visitors may ‘see things through Escher’s eyes.’ Since space was once a palace, there are many areas, including the ballroom, that maintain its regal charm, making it a popular venue for weddings and other special events.
Discover all the highlights and heritage of Holland at Madurodam. The park is a large miniature that details exact replicas of important buildings and city areas in Holland. The park is organized into three sections: City Center, Water World, and Innovation Island. The City Center displays how the city looked in the past and how it transformed, Water World covers the port of Rotterdam and shows how watermills work, and Innovation Island demonstrates the modern Holland. See architecture, design, entertainment, sports, and more Holland culture. Madurodam is great for the whole family, but especially younger kids.
‘Het Vredespaleis’ (The Peace Palace) in The Hague originated from the ideals of pacifism and world peace. At the end of the 19th century, these principles were blooming as never before. When the Peace Palace was finished in 1913, the palace was just as grand as the idea of world peace itself.
The palace was realized thanks to a collective cooperation of countries from around the world. When taking a tour you’ll discover all the different, unique contributions countries have made to make the beautiful gardens, architecture en interior design of the Peace Palace possible.
The Peace Palace could not find a better home than The Hague; the City of Peace and Justice. Today the building is still used by the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Peace Palace Library, as well as by The Hague Academy of International Law. By taking a tour you will discover every detail of this iconic structure.
Highlights around The Hague
Delft enjoys a worldwide reputation due to its connection with Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. Relive its glorious past as you wander along canals, churches, mansions and courtyards. This university town also offers canal tours, museums, markets and many pubs.
Delft University of Technology
TU Delft is the largest technical university in the Netherlands and covers practically the entire spectrum of engineering sciences. An important characteristic of TU Delft is that we not only strive to be good at what we do but also that we want to be good for something. At Delft University of Technology, we aim for a balance between pursuing world-class academic excellence, providing high-quality education and developing expert solutions for societal challenges. Also key at TU Delft is the integration of research, education and innovation. Technical-scientific knowledge is a breeding ground for our education and innovation. Conversely, the interaction with students, companies and societal partners leads to new and unexpected research questions. Research, education and innovation inspire each other.
Delft Blue is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 17th century. Between 1600 and 1800, this earthenware was popular among rich families who would show off their Delft Blue collections to one another. Although the Delftware potters preferred to call their earthenware “porcelain”, it was only a cheaper version of the real Chinese porcelain. Delft Blue was not made from the typical porcelain clay, but from clay that was coated with a tin glaze after it was fired. In spite of this, Delft Blue achieved unrivalled popularity, and at its peak, there were 33 factories in Delft. Of all of these factories, the only one remaining today is Royal Delft.
Windmills of Kinderdijk | UNESCO World Heritage
Nineteen beautiful windmills, built around 1740, stand here as part of a larger water management system to prevent floods. Today, they symbolise Dutch water management, and in 1997 they were declared to be UNESCO World Heritage.
The windmills of Kinderdijk were built to keep the low-lying lands of the Alblasserwaard dry. Facing each other, they form an iconic Dutch scene. You can also admire many waterways, dykes, mills and sluices and discover how the Dutch have been using water to their benefit for over 1000 years.
The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum is the principal national museum in Holland. It illustrates the art and history of Holland from the Middle Ages to the present. World-famous highlights from the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt van Rijn’s Night Watch and Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid, can be admired at the Rijksmuseum.
Scheveningen is a part of The Hague and the most popular seaside town in Holland. With its long beaches, Scheveningen is a wonderful place for both young and old in any season. Lie in the sun, go surfing, enjoy great food, take your children to the Sea Life centre and visit many events