The Hague is a city on the west coast of The Netherlands. It is the capital of South Holland and is the seat of the country’s government. Two of the most important criminal courts in the world reside here: the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 112
- Language: Dutch
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: NL
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 514,861
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- The Westbroekpark is a bit further away from the bustle of the city, but is home to around 20,000 different types of roses that bloom from June through to November. The park also has a few different cafes if you fancy some food or drink.
- There are no real crime hotspots in the city, take extra care in busy tourist areas and apply the usual safety precautions. Watch out for quiet areas after dark and stay in the well lit main streets, and stay within the crowd.
For the Emergency services just dial 112 from any phone.
The Hague Safety
Where can I keep up with local news?
Are there any common crimes to look out for?
Beware of pickpockets as they tend to operate in tourist areas, keep your belongings secure at all times and be careful if strangers try to make conversation or distract you as it could be an attempt to steal your valuables.
Car thieves normally target expensive cars but there are some exceptional situations where rental cars have been broken in to. Park the car in well lit areas and use car park with CCTV. Don’t leave valuables on your car seat as it could attract criminals, drive with the car door locked all times.
Credit card fraud, cloning cards can be an issue be careful where you use your cards. Also if you are withdrawing money from cash machines make sure you cover your pin and be discreet about the amount of cash you withdraw.
What are some top safety tips?
Be alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Take the usual safety precautions so you do not become a targets for pickpockets. Don’t put your wallet or mobile phone in your back pocket. Put any valuables items in a dark colour shopping bag when going out to avoid attention.
When withdrawing cash from ATM try to go inside the bank. Beware of withdrawing cash from cash points on pedestrian walkways. Try to withdraw small sums and don’t flash your cash around even in the bank.
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
The Hague Events
This festival is a showcase of content from writers, poets and musicians from all over the world. The festival breaks down language and cultural barriers, so that everyone can experience what this coming together has to offer.
Parkpop is the largest free one-day pop music festival that takes place at the Zuiderpark. The park is transformed into a massive festival ground with two large stadiums with a massive range of performers.
This is The Hague’s annual festival dedicated to sailing and features around 2,500 sailors competing in a variety of different races.
The Hague Highlights
Are there any good museums to visit?
Museon is a museum for science and culture; the museums collections are in the realms of geology, archaeology, history and science. There are many insightful exhibitions and lots of information that promotes free thought, a very interesting place, well worth a visit.
Museum Meermanno is an extensive collection of sculpture, books, etchings, and paintings, it also has a wonderfully preserved collection of 18th century furnishings and collectibles. A interesting place to have a look around with some great information about the history and life of the objects.
What are some good places to visit?
Huis ten Bosch means the House in the Woods and is a royal palace; it is one of the official residences of the Dutch Royal Family. I wonderful building and amazing to see the typical Dutch style architecture and beautiful grounds.
On August 28th it is the centennial anniversary of the Peace Palace it has become a symbol of peace and justice for the country and the world. From the palace at series of events are planned to mark the UN day of peace and other significant events related to world peace throughout the year. Its an amazing looking building with a great presence.
Scheveningen is one of the top beach resorts in the Netherlands, it is located just outside of the Hague, a really cool place with long sand beach, many beach bars to hangout in. A pier and esplanade with lots of shops and places to eat. During the summer months there are a lot of extreme water sports and events that take over the beach. A really cool place when the weather is good.