There's more to the Hague than its prestigious history of being the seat of power of not just the Netherlands, but the United Nations itself. As the third largest city in the country you can expect embassies, mansions, stately boulevards and among it a lively culture of fine museums, quaint cafes, and even a long stretch of beach. You will often see a throng of locals, expats, and tourists alike mingle in its loud and active kitsch. Download the Hague Travel Guide and Offline Map to learn about this outstanding city.
What was once used for executions back in the day, the Binnenhof's central courtyard is now surrounded by parliamentary buildings. The awe-inspiring 17th-century North Wing is home to the Upper Chamber of the Dutch Parliament, while the Lower Chamber used to meet in the ballroom that can be found in the 19th-century wing. Today, it adjoins the old and the new with the addition of a modern building on the South side. The highlight of the Binnenhof is its 13th-century Ridderzaal.
A treasure trove of Dutch and Flemish art, the Mauritshuis is an exemplary museum that should not be missed while in Hague. What was once an old palace has had an addition of modern wings through the years. Among its masterpieces on display is Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandts including a wistful self-portrait from the year of his death, 1669, and The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.
3. Haagse Toren
Who doesn't love panoramic views of cities below from high up above? Be whisked up to the 42nd floor of this 135-meter building in merely 40 seconds. The city's second-tallest building offers an outstanding view of the city even from just the elevator. Of course, if you're afraid of heights be warned, as the elevators are made of glass. It's well worth it though as once you reach the top you will be greeted with panoramas that extend up to 45 kilometers and as far as Rotterdam.
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