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"Judicial Capital of the World"

The Hague Tourism

Internationally known majorly as the headquarters of the International Court of Justice, The Hague is fast coming up as a travel destination in itself. People are waking up to the fact that there is more to the city than just courts and black robes. The world is waking up. Where are you!

Known for its distinctive international flavour owing to the multiple embassies, international offices and courts here, The Hague is the more conservative and solemn brother of Amsterdam. The Hague is perfect for those looking for some respite from the tourist infested common cities in Netherlands. Huge avenues, large roads and parks in each block give a sense of austerity and elegance to this city. A haven for architecture enthusiasts, The Hague is fast coming up as a must-see place for people coming to Netherlands.

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Currency in The Hague

ATMs and Banks are easy to find in The Hague owing to its international reputation. Withdrawing money is as easy as getting it exchanged here for tourists.

Shopping in The Hague

Spuistraat and Grote Marktstraat are known as shopping central throughout the week. Not only can you find branded stores there but also a lot of bargain stores for the budget traveller to get souvenirs back for their family and friends.

Nightlife in The Hague

Grote Markt is the main market famous for its bars and pubs in The Hague. The city has a vibrant nightlife though maybe not as wild as it's brother Amsterdam. Some of the rocking bars include De Zwarte Ruiter, De Boterwaag and September. The Dutch like to spend long hours in coffee shops discussing everything from art to history to music. When in Rome do as the Romans do! Try out one of the numerous coffee shops in the night time.

History of The Hague

Originating around 1230, The Hague is a very old city. Some parts of the city will refer to that in terms of architecture. The overall feel of the city is very modern and sleek though. From the 13th century to the 17th centure The Hague was the admnistrative center of the counts of Holland. It was in 1830 that the capital was permanently shifted to Amsterdam.

Language of The Hague

Locals in the area speak Dutch while expatriates speak their own languages. One can survive in The Hague with just English but the task will be challenging. A little knowledge of dutch phrases and a dictionary in hand will make life a lot easier for the traveller.

The Hague Customs

Always greet people with a handshake and a look in the eye. The Dutch treat everyone as equals and so will you have to when in The Hague. Kisses on the cheek are reserved for close friends and family. Three kisses starting with the left cheek are the norm.

Religion of The Hague

A majority of people in The Netherlands have no affiliation to any religion. The most popular religion is Christianity.

Daily Budget for The Hague

The daily budget for a backpacker to a moderate budget stay can come anywhere between 130-140 EUR. Transport and Food can be expensive in The Hague. You can cut down on the budget by travelling on foot or renting a second hand cycle. For a semi-luxurious trip you can double this budget.

Exchanging Money in The Hague

It is easy to get your money exchanged in The Hague. Some of the popular exhanges are the GWK Travelex, the GWK Travelex Den Haag HS and the Sunro Change BV.

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How to Reach The Hague

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The Hague is well connected to various domestic and international cities by plane, car, bus, train and boat.

How to reach The Hague by flight

Rotterdam The Hague airport is easily accessible by both the Airport shuttle or The Hague Central Station. For frequent travellers, Amsterdam Airport Schipol is more convenient

How to reach The Hague by road

Cars on rental are easily accessible and owing to the good roads and highways, convenient to drive around. However, this option can be a little more expensive than public transport for a budget traveller.

How to reach The Hague by train

The Hague has two train stations which cater to both domestic and international trains. The Den Haag Centraal and the Den Haag HS (Hollands Spoor) carry passengers to and from various cities at regular intervals. Trains are hardly late and run very efficiently.

How to reach The Hague by bus

Buses are used more for domestic rather than international travel. The Randstand Rail is a system of trams and buses which operate in the city.

How to reach The Hague by waterways

Public ferries run from Harwich to Hook of Holland and it is easy to get to The Hague.

Local transport in The Hague

Bicycles are the best way to get around in The Hague if you don't mind moving your feet a bit. Trams, buses and taxis run too but since everything is within a short distance of each other people prefer to walk or cycle. Cheap second hand bikes are available on rent and sale. If you plan on taking the tram be sure to have the OV Chipkaart, a public transport smart card. this will save you tons in cost.

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What is the best time to visit The hague?

The Hague has temperate climate so it is more or less the same throughout the year. There is a lot of sunshine all year round and any time of the year is perfect to visit here. If you want to avoid expensive hotels and flight tickets then consider coming during the winter months, avoiding the Christmas and New Year rush.
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What are the places near The hague?

The top places near to The hague are Rotterdam which is 20 km from The hague, Amsterdam which is located 52 km from The hague, Delft which is located 7 km from The hague, Utrecht which is located 61 km from The hague, Eindhoven which is located 106 km from The hague

What are the things to do in The hague?

The top things to do in The hague are Madurodam, Peace Palace, Escher Museum, Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk, Panorama Mesdag, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. You can see all the places to visit in The hague here

What is the best way to reach The hague?

The Hague is well connected to various domestic and international cities by plane, car, bus, train and boat.
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What is the local food in The hague?

You can find excellent Indonesian food in The Hague along with some fabulous Dutch-Indies cuisine. You will be served an excellent choice of wines with every meal. People who partake should make full use of that fact and try the local wines. It may be hard to find traditional dutch food unless you go with a local as speaking dutch may come in the way of ordering food, specially if you are vegan or vegetarian. The dutch eat a lot of meat and bread with fresh salad for meals.
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