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Welcome to the city pages of Den Haag

City walk Den Haag

Start your city walk at museum Escher in het Paleis 1 located in the former palace of Queen Regent Emma. Continue along the Lange Voorhout and walk through Tournooiveld back to Lange Houtstraat. You pass a square, Plein, where you will see a statue of William of Orange, and you cross Kalvermarkt towards Turfmarkt. Here you may enter “The Ice Palace” , the modern The Hague City Hall, with its impressive Atrium. The area around the Spui is a shopping area. Walk across the Hofplaats  to the Haagse Passage, a unique and historic monument. You might identify two different architectural styles here: the internationally oriented Neo-Renaissance and the Expressionist style. Leaving the Passage, you walk right into the Kettingstraat. At the end of the Vlamingstraat turn right, into the Jan Hendrikstraat and continue into the Torenstraat. Cross over to Kerkplein and walk on to the Dagelijkse Groenmarkt where the old Stadhuys  is located. This city hall has two parts; the first is dates from 1565 and the extension at the front dates from 1733. You continue towards Buitenhof. Walk across the Buitenhof, passing the gate, and enter the Binnenhof. The Binnenhof is, and has been for centuries, the centre of Dutch politics. At the Binnenhof you will find the Ridderzaal, dating from the 13th century. The Ridderzaal  is a national monument and was once used by the Senate as a meeting room. Underneath the Ridderzaal is the Historical Museum of The Hague where you can enjoy the Prinsjesdag Experience. Next to the Binnenhof is the Hofvijver . Here you have a good view of the Torentje , a small tower that has been the office of the Dutch Prime Minister ever since 1982. Walk around the Hofvijver, via the Annastraat you walktrough the oude Molstraat.. This area is the Hofkwartier, with many cute specialty shops! Did you notice that ther is no straight corner in this street? This is because this street used to be a sand path to Scheveningen. Walk towards the Paleistuin, the Palace Garden , if you rang the bel at the last door on your left, you will be able to walk into the place garden. The place garden is a park between Noordeinde Palace and the Prinsessegracht and well worth a visit (if open). The garden dates from 1649 and extends to the Royal Stables. Turn right at Hogewal. You will come across Stroom Den Haag. Then you can take a left and go to Panorama Mesdag where you can “Step into the largest painting of the Netherlands”. Walk back along Zeestraat and Noordeinde. In this area you can visit some authentic courtyards, for example Maziestraat, an oasis of tranquillity! Walk through the Hartogstraat and Lange Voorhout towards Kazernestraat. Here the Supreme Court of the Netherlands is located. Admire the various bronze statues from 1938 . You walk through the Nieuwe Schoolstraat, turning right at Dr. Kuyperstraat. Continue along the Laan van Roos en Doom and Houtweg. You now reach the Prinsessegracht with the museum Meermanno, the oldest book museum in the world. Through the lange houtstraat you walk to Holland Souveniers  in the korte poten were you can everything from small souvenirs till special items. You continue the walk over the fluwelen burgwal and find you self-back at the beginning of the city walk.