The Hague is where the government and the Dutch sovereigns reside. Being the country's political capital, this city, only 35 minutes by train from Amsterdam, is worth the visit. There is a charming historical neighbourhood and several monuments such as the Parliament and the Binnenhof, a Gothic brick palace.
Inside the Binnenhof you can see the Ridderzall, the knights' hall where the queen gives her opening speech to the General Assembly every year. Also be sure to visit the Mauritshuis, the museum which houses the impressive royal art collection, which includes works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, notably his Girl with a Pearl Earring.
The Hague is also home to the Peace Palace, financed by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, where the International Court of Justice was created in 1946.
The Hague Tourism Office
2511 BT Den Haag
+31 70 361 8860