WHY THE HAGUE?

Discover the city behind the Studyportals Academy

The Studyportals Academy is this year hosted in the royal city by the sea: The Hague. Here some recommendations on places to visit during your trip:

The Westduinpark is a nature reserve with various protected species of plants and animals right between the Hague and the sea. Find yourself between dune oak forests and open plains accompanied by Shetland ponies, sheep and Scottish highlanders. Don’t be surprised – the Westduinpark is a recreation area the grazers help to maintain. Make the most out of your visit and go hiking, cycling or horseback riding to explore the beautiful park.

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The Peace Palace is not only an impressive building but also follows a meaningful mission: promoting peace and justice. In this building the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library come together to work towards this mission. Learn more about the so-called temple of peace and justice by booking a guided tour for the Palace or its Garden in summer or by stopping by at the visitor center that is open all year around.

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The 4th tallest skyscraper of den Hague with a height of 132m and its unique top is doubtlessly worth visiting. The public balcony is the highest one in the Netherlands and the view is incredible. Stay in one of the exclusive apartments, lunch or dine at the Sky Restaurant or enjoy a drink at the Sky Bar to make your visit perfect.

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Pay a visit to the Royal Picture Gallery and admire the great collection with around 800 paintings of the Golden Age. It is home to the best Dutch paintings from artists like Steen, Potter, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and many more. Highlights include Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes. This museum is a time machine to the seventeenth century – you can’t miss this ride.

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The Binnenhof, also known as the Hall of Knights, is the place where the King holds his speech on Prince’s Day and the center of Dutch politics. This historical court is surrounded by monumental buildings from different centuries including the office of the prime minister and the house of the representatives. Take a walk through the courtyard, admire the impressive buildings, the famous neogothic fountain and the equestrian statue or book a guided tour and see for yourself where the future is made.

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The Palace Noordeinde is still a working palace and houses the office of the King. Although you cannot enter the palace itself, you have the chance to picnic in the Palace Garden next to the Royal Stables. If you are lucky you can witness a horse training session. Even more exciting is to witness the royal ceremony where the King receives new ambassadors on Wednesday mornings. After that, you already are at the perfect spot to start your shopping day – surrounded by antique shops, boutiques, jewelers and cafés.

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This place is enjoyable for everyone – and it is only 15min away from the city center. You can choose from plenty of activities starting with all kinds of beach sports over ziplining to sea life, a miniature theme park and much more. If you are looking for a relaxed day at the beach, enjoy food and drinks at one of the beach bars or visit Scheveningen Harbor to inspect the yachts and day trippers and enjoy fresh caught fish in one of the restaurants.

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Enjoy delicious lunches or a cup of high tea at the romantic Waterkant tearoom right behind the famous rose garden with over 25.000 roses. The best time to visit is between July and October as this is the blooming season. To discover one of the most beautiful parks in The Hague, take a walk around or rent a rowing boat. Don’t forget to check out the playground next to the rosarium which is used for football games and barbecues.

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