The Hague or Den Haag serves as the main seat of government for the Netherlands but is not the countries capital.
It is the third largest city in the country behind Amsterdam and Rotterdam and plays an important role in the politics and economy of the Netherlands.
The main development of Den Haag was during the 1200’s when the Binnenhof was constructed (which still stands today) and served as a royal hunting residence.
In future years the city saw Spanish occupation and has always served as a political base for the country since the 1600’s.
This wonderful and modern city retains much of its historical charm with important buildings like the Peace Palace and the Ridderzaal, but also embraces new technologies and its role in international politics.
The museums, beautiful parks and fascinating architecture make The Hague an extremely popular destination second only to Amsterdam.
Lets explore the best things to do in The Hague:
1. Mauritshuis Museum
The Mauritshuis Museum is an art museum that is located in the centre of Den Haag next to the Binnenhof.
The building was constructed in 1636 in a Dutch Classicist style.
The collection of art inside the museum is extensive and contains some famous works from the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens.
Over 800 objects are included in the collection and the majority of which come from the Dutch Golden age.
The collections are separated into different sections such as “At home in Holland”, “A generous gesture” and “Highlights from the past”. The museum is continually obtaining new works and displays several temporary exhibitions periodically too.