The Hague is one of the top destinations of the Netherlands. It offers plenty of historical buildings, it is the political capital of the Netherlands, there are a lot of museums for everyone and Scheveningen, the most popular beach of the Netherlands, is located in The Hague. Want to stay in an apartment with the Queen of the Netherlands as your neighbor? Visit our apartment section now to book an apartment in The Hague!
The Hague, called Den Haag or ‘s Gravenhage in Dutch, is the 3rd biggest city of the Netherlands with almost half a million residents. The Hague is the capital of the province South-Holland, but also the political capital of the Netherlands. Both the government and parliament work from here (the official capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam – for more information on Amsterdam or to book an apartment in Amsterdam, please go to the Amsterdam section of this website). The Hague is also the official residence of the Dutch Royal Family.
The Hague houses all the Dutch government ministries and foreign embassies. The Dutch Supreme Court and Council of State are also located in The Hague.
The Hague is one of the most important cities of the United Nations, and therefore also known as the International city of peace and justice. It is home to the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and more..
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The Hague is accessible by car via the highways A4, A12, A13, A44/N44 and the Ring Den Haag.
There are two main train stations in The Hague, Den Haag Centraal (CS) and Den Haag Hollands Spoor (HS). Because they were built in the same period by two competing companies, they are only 1,5 km apart from each other, but both have their own connections. The train station Den Haag Hollands Spoor is where the international trains arrive. You can get anywhere in and around the city by using one of the many tram or bus routes.
Rotterdam Airport (Rotterdam-The Hague Airport) is the closest public airport to The Hague, but The Hague is also directly accessible by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. The Rotterdam Airport is easily accessible by car via the A13, but if you are depending on public transport, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is easier.
Please visit our events and attractions section for more information on things to do in The Hague. If you would like more information on the Netherlands in general, please look under our Amsterdam section.