The L-shaped Lange Voorhout in The Hague merits its reputation as one of the finest urban ensembles in Europe. Its rows of linden trees were first planted by Emperor Charles V, and are supposed to have inspired the layout of Berlin's great boulevard Unter den Linden. It was here in the 17C and 18C that the famous and fashionable came to see and be seen, particularly during the Sunday church parade.
Close your eyes and it's easy to imagine the clip-clopping of hooves of the many horses that once rode along this shell-lined lane. Proudly trotting in front of the coach of their monarch, count or duke.
There is a charming quality to its surroundings. The hundred year old buildings flanking its sides are now homes to various embassies, residences, offices and various cultural institutions. The summer and autumn months lend its gravel walkways to various exhibits of great works from artists all over the world. The Escher Museum awaits at the end where one can unravel the Dutch artist's mysteries on optical illusions, and on Prince's Day the Golden Carriage passes down Lange Voorhout en route to the Hall of the Knights.