About The Hague, Netherlands
- Population: approx. 476,000
- Distance from Amsterdam: 32 miles
- Distance from Paris: 238 miles
Two icons of Dutch culture: bikes and canals.
Photo credit: Amy Farrow
The Hague lies on the North Sea and is a modern and sophisticated city, being one of four United Nation cities in the world. It is also one of the greenest cities in Europe, buzzing with outdoor activity and an abundance of recreational facilities. It is rich in history and is the home of the central government and the Royal family. The Netherlands was one of the six founding members of the European Union, and The Hague is often referred to as The City of Peace. It is home to the International Criminal Court, Peace Palace, War Crimes Tribunal, and Europol.
Throughout the city, each square, street, and boulevard has its own ambiance. Step outside of town and find the Holland Flower Auction, where 80 percent of the flowers sold are exported around the world, or sit on the sandy beaches, soaking in the sun at Kijkduin and Scheveningen.