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The Hague

Located in South Holland (Dutch: Zuid-Holland), The Hague (Dutch: 's-Gravenhage or Den Haag) is the third largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. As of 2006, the city had a population of 475,580.

The Hague is the seat of government, but not the offical capital of the Netherlands, as the Dutch constitution reserves that position for Amsterdam. Nevertheless the both the upper (Dutch: Eerste Kamer), and lower (Dutch: Tweede Kamer) chambers of the Dutch parliament (Dutch: Staten Generaal), the Supreme Court (Dutch: Hoge Raad der Nederlanden), the Council of State (Dutch: Raad van State), all government ministries, all foreign embassies, and the residence of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, are all in The Hague.

As well as the being the center of the Dutch government, The Hague is also an important center for international organizations, particularly those relating to legal matters. International organizations based in the The Hague include the European Police Office (Europol), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. As a result, the city is sometimes described as the "legal capital of the world", or the "international city of peace and justice".

There are many landmarks and museums in The Hague. Some sites that you will want to visit include:
  • The Escher Museum (Dutch: Escher in het Paleis) - A museum featuring the works of the Dutch artist M. C. Esher.

  • Madurodam - A miniature Dutch city built on a 1:25 scale.

  • Mauritshuis - An art gallery featuring the works of many famous Dutch artists.

  • Panorama Mesdag - A huge panoramic painting painted by the Dutch artist, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, which is housed in a specially built museum.
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Travel Like a Local - Map of The Hague: The Most Essential The Hague (Netherlands) Travel Map for Every Adventure

By Maxwell Fox

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Travel Like a Local - Map of The Hague: The Most Essential The Hague (Netherlands) Travel Map for Every Adventure
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Get Ready For The Adventure Of A Lifetime!

Are you planning your next vacation abroad and you’re ready to explore? Do you want to be prepared for everything? Are you ready to experience every new place you visit just like a local? Well, with this amazing Hague (Netherlands) travel map you’re all set and ready to go!

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In the map you can see all the available means of transport, bus stops and routes so you can always know how to get everywhere.

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In the Hague (Netherlands) map you will also find the best places to go shopping, the most famous and must-see sights, churches and more.

And if an emergency comes up, there are markings of police stations and hospitals everywhere for your convenience.

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The city is also organized in sections so you can better find your way around.

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Netherlands: Netherlands Travel Guide: The 30 Best Tips For Your Trip To Netherlands - The Places You Have To See (Netherlands Travel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague) (Volume 1)

By Traveling The World

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Paperback (42 pages)

Netherlands: Netherlands Travel Guide: The 30 Best Tips For Your Trip To Netherlands - The Places You Have To See (Netherlands Travel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, The Hague) (Volume 1)
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Make Your Journey To Netherlands The Best Possible

When most people think of the Netherlands, the first thing that pops to mind is Amsterdam with its notorious red light district and its “coffee shops”, but little do people know that the Netherlands is a country that has got so much more to offer than just Amsterdam! If this is your first time in this beautiful country, you should plan your trip in detail. If not, you most certainly will miss out on some of the best places to be and things to see. This book will help you to make the most out of your time in Netherlands. You will get to know the most fascinating things to do and see in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Alkmaar and Utrecht to name a few of the most beautiful locations to be at.

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  • The Best Things To Do In Amsterdam
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Delft Travel Guide (NEW EDITION): Essential Tourist Travel Guide Delft (Delft, Delft Travel Guide, Delft design guide, The Hague, Amsterdam travel guide)

By Marc van der Zand

Released: 2015-03-30
Kindle Edition

Delft Travel Guide (NEW EDITION): Essential Tourist Travel Guide Delft (Delft, Delft Travel Guide, Delft design guide, The Hague, Amsterdam travel guide)
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Inside the essential ‘Delft Travel Guide’

This travel guide is packed with the most important "must-see" attractions, and was written as an ultimate guide for tourists who would want to make the most out of their travels to Delft by being as prepared as they can possibly be.

The guide will discuss useful tips on:
- Delft' top attractions, (so you can cut to the chase, and find out exactly what you MUST see before you leave Delft).
- which sights to see,
- what local activities to participate in,
- Insider Tips to ensure you get more value from every single attraction
- when and where to book airline tickets or hotels to get the best rate,
- and of course, do’s and don’ts when it comes to visiting Delft so that you get the best possible experience.

The Essential Delft Travel Guide

This Delft visitors' guide is written for people who want a simple, uncomplicated guide to getting the best out of Delft.

Whether you're visiting Delft for a day or two, or are planning an extended trip, this essential travel guide is the perfect starting point.

With detailed information about the best attractions, you'll know exactly where to start your tour.

The Hague Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights

By Jack Woods

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The Hague Travel Guide: Sightseeing, Hotel, Restaurant & Shopping Highlights
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The picturesque Dutch city of The Hague (also known as Den Haag) is located in western Netherlands. Although it is not the capital of the country, the city is the seat of the Dutch government, Supreme Court, Parliament, and Council of State and it is the administrative capital of the nation. With a number of international courts, state offices, and foreign embassies, the city may give the impression of being a boring and serious place to be, but nothing could be further from the truth. With medieval palaces, dozens of museums, the country’s most popular sea resort, and a lively cultural scene, The Hague is one of the most vibrant cities in the Netherlands. The Hague - Culture - Location & Orientation - Climate & When to Visit - Sightseeing Highlights - Recommended Itineraries - One Day in The Hague - Two Days in The Hague - Binnenhof (Heritage Government Buildings) - Maurithuis Art Museum - Noordeinde Palace - Old City Hall - Huis ten Bosch Palace - Peace Palace (International Court of Justice) - Scheveningen - Madurodam Miniature Park - Recommendations for the Budget Traveller - Places to Stay - Hotel Sebel - Ibis Den Haag City Centre - Hilton The Hague - Mercure Den Haag Central - Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel - Places to Eat - Dap & Co - The Penthouse - Baklust - Restaurant Alexander - Florencia - Places to Shop - The Hague Market - Indoor Shopping - Art & Antique Shopping - Fashion Shopping - Department Stores

Strolling Around The Hague

By Irene Reid

Irene Reid
Released: 2015-05-31
Kindle Edition (96 pages)

Strolling Around The Hague
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This is a self-guided step-by-step walk around The Hague. There are three self-guided walks: The Old Town, Parks and Palaces, and The Peace Palace. Each walk contains detailed maps to make navigation as simple as possible.

The Hague is famous as the seat of the International Court of Justice, is home to the Dutch government, and is packed with embassies and diplomats.

But it has another much less well-known side. At its core lies a little lake, surrounded by those buildings which survived the terrible destruction of World War II.

You can explore:

The Binnenhof where the original Counts of Holland lived and where the Dutch government now sit.

The mansions and town houses of the wealthy Dutch merchants.

The palaces where the royal family live and work.

The secret Catholic churches.

And of course The Hague's memorable museums which are full of many wonderful Dutch masterpieces. Most famously, Vermeer's "The Girl with the Pearl Earring."

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"Just across the canal from where you are standing is Mata Hari’s house. It's the one with dark green shutters at number 16, and looks disappointingly respectable as the home of the exotic spy from World War 1. Mata Hari was executed in 1917.”

Amsterdam and Beyond Travel Guide

By Donna Dailey

Beyond London Travel
Released: 2014-01-11
Kindle Edition (143 pages)

Amsterdam and Beyond Travel Guide
Product Description:
New 2015 edition completely updated by the authors, January 2015.

The Amsterdam and Beyond Travel Guide is a pocket guidebook to the best of Amsterdam, written by two award-winning travel experts. It is published in the Beyond Travel series, a series of city guides published by the Beyond London Travel website. Other titles in the series include city guides to Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Montpellier, all available for the Kindle.

The book describes the best sights to see in Amsterdam, with dozens of colour photographs to help bring the city to life. All the top Amsterdam attractions are here: The Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and many more. The book is 25,000 words long, the equivalent of a printed pocket guidebook of about 120-130 pages. Take a 'Look Inside' to see the extensive Table of Contents.

The guide also has sections on the best shopping, and recommends a range of hotels and restaurants to suit all budgets. There are colour maps showing the attractions in each part of Amsterdam, and also Rotterdam and The Hague. There are online interactive versions of the maps too, if you have an internet connection.

The lengthy Practical Information section tells you everything you need to know to plan a visit to Amsterdam, whether travelling by air, road, rail or ferry. It covers currency, the cost of living, annual events, public holidays, opening hours, crime and safety, health, phones, the internet, useful phrases - everything from embassies and consulates to public toilets.

Beyond Amsterdam
If you have time to make a day trip from Amsterdam, the guide also covers the two most popular options: to Rotterdam, with its fabulous modern architecture, and to The Hague, for its old-world charm and great museums. For both cities we cover the things to see, suggest some hotels if you plan to stay overnight, pick out a few restaurants, and in Rotterdam we also cover the shopping options.

The Authors
Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey have won several awards for their travel writing, including a Benjamin Franklin Award for a guidebook to Paris. Among their other guidebooks are the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, The Top 10 Paris Guide for Dorling Kindersley, the CityPack Guide to Nice and the Cote d’Azur, Paris by Metro, and the Bloom’s Literary Guides to both Paris and London. They have written guidebooks for almost every major travel guide publisher, including National Geographic, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, AA, AAA, Fodor's, New Holland, Berlitz, Insight, and many more.

Mike in particular has specialised in writing about Amsterdam, a city he knows well:

•He wrote a podcast about Amsterdam, on the theme of ‘Walking on Water’, which was commissioned by American Express for their website.

•He has written newspaper and magazine articles, and done website city guides for Amsterdam, and has worked on several guidebooks too.

•He wrote and photographed the guide to Amsterdam in Thomas Cook’s ‘Time for Food’ series.

•He updated the AA’s CityPack guide to Amsterdam, and their Essential Spiral Amsterdam.

•He co-wrote the Amsterdam Smart Guide for Insight Guides.

•He wrote the CitySpots Guide to Amsterdam for Thomas Cook and also updated the Thomas Cook Travellers Guide to Amsterdam.


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