A must-see in The Hague is a gigantic painted panorama, with a diameter of up to 100 feet by Hendrik Mesdag. Panorama Mesdag the Hague is imposing and large and it is the only panorama in the world that is still in the original building and in it’s original arrangement. The way to the Panorama of Mesdag goes up a spiral staircase and then you are suddenly on top of a dune. You can really walk around the plateau together with other visitors and study all the details on the balustrade. One hears the sound of seagulls and feels the fresh wind. But the view is painted and virtual. Virtual Reality from 1881.
The Gevangenpoort was used as a prison from 1420 and shows the story of crime and punishment through the ages. Prison Gate The Hague is comparable to the Tower in London and the Conciergerie in Paris, also ancient prisons. One can imagine what happened here centuries ago because of the torture instruments on display. On display are neck and handcuffs, branding irons, executioner swords, bone blocks, thumb screws, breaking wheels, knee splitters and body strechers.
Madurodam The Hague is the city to visit if you want to feel like a giant. It is in fact the smallest city in the Netherlands. In a park of four acres are the most important Dutch buildings in miniature format with a scale of 1 to 25. In this miniature world also move around 16000 mini people, 4500 cars and 58 ships. Highlights of the miniature city are Schiphol Airport, the Peace Palace, the bulb fields, the port of Rotterdam, the Binnenhof and Holland’s windmills.
From the city centre of the Hague it is only 15 minutes to Scheveningen the Hague beach. The sea side village is located directly on the beach with long sandy beaches and a large dune area. It used to be a small fishing village, today it is one of the main beach resorts in the Netherlands. Numerous beach bars and restaurants are located around the Kurhaus. Fresh fish is available at the fish restaurants located right next to the fish auction.
Noordeinde Palace The Hague is the workplace and official seat of the Dutch King Willem Alexander of Orange. Today, the 16th-century palace mainly serves for representational purposes, such as the reception of state guests. The king is present when the Orange flag is in the top. The palace cannot be visited, but the gardens behind it are open to the public. Moreover, the palace is located at Noordeinde, one of the most beautiful shopping miles of The Hague. And the covered Passage from 1880 is also not far. Here you meet Parisian chic with fashionable flagship stores.
In the former Winter Palace of Queen Emma, the works of artist M.C. Escher is exposed. Escher Museum The Hague is a world of optical illusions and perspective. With 130 works, almost his entire oeuvre can be seen in the Palace. In addition to the famous prints, his early work can also be seen, such as Italian landscapes, still lifes and study drawings of Arabic mosaics.
The most photographed landmark in the city is the Peace Palace The Hague. Between 1907 and 1913, the red brick palace was built in a Neo-Renaissance style. The construction was facilitated at the time by the American millionaire Andrew Carnegie with a large donation. Several countries have contributed in the form of special design pieces. Today the Peace Palace are housing the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. A tour of the Peace Palace must be reserved, but the Visitors Center shows an exhibition about the origin of the Peace Palace and an impressive introductory film.
The previously named Gemeentemuseum, Kunstmuseum the Hague is mainly for those interested in modern art. It owns the largest collection of Piet Mondrian’s works, including his latest work ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’. If you are not afraid of red, yellow and blue, visit the world-famous museum. Also works by the so-called The Hague School. The building itself is a fascinating example of this style and built in 1935 by the Amsterdam architect H.P. Berlage. The most modern works are by Picasso, Kandinsky and Francis Bacon.
The Louwman Automobile Museum the Hague has a unique collection of more than 275 showpieces from the history of the automobile. It was started by the Chrysler car dealer Pieter Louwman in 1934 with his first item a 1914 Dodge, but the collection has been expanded every year. It is arguably the most beautiful automobile museum in the world. Unique examples are an Aston Martin from James Bond, a Humber from Winston Churchill and Cadillac from Elvis Presley. Also special are the rare copies of DeDion-Bouton, Duesenberg, Panhard & Levassor, Bugatti, Dodge. And race cars of Formula 1 history can be seen in full detail. The beautiful building was designed in 2010 by American architect Michael Graves.
The Hague is rich in architectural contrasts. In the parliament area, the offices of the civil servants reach high into the skyline of the Hague. Built by world-renowned architects. Richard Meier’s highly modern town hall with its snow-white facade is therefore called the Ice Palace. Benthem Crouwels architects built Central Station. But The Hague is also a formally designed city with beautiful squares and parks. And many historical buildings, palaces and churches.