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Why The Hague
Welcome to The Hague, royal city by the sea! Some destinations should be cherished forever and The Hague is one of them. The international city of peace and justice; new styles and old masters; chain stores and royal palaces; exotic cuisine and fishing port; two beach resorts, Scheveningen and Kijkduin, and residence of the King and Queen.
The Hague is the only major Dutch city located beside the sea. At just 15 minutes from the historical city centre, with no less than 11 kilometres of beach, experience the ultimate holiday feeling here in all four seasons. The Hague beach is the perfect spot to get some fresh air. Enjoy a long walk beside the sea. Stroll along the renovated Pier, take a ride in the giant Ferris wheel and walk down the boulevard to Scheveningen harbour. Alternatively, simply enjoy the sun in one of many cosy beach pavilions. The Hague beach also offers some unexpected extras, however: this is the ultimate spot for sports such as beach volleyball and kite surfing. It is even the best surfing spot on the North Sea. The waves are great and the atmosphere is relaxed.
With its many historical monuments, residential and working palaces, Royal routes and coaches, The Hague is a Royal city with allure. After all, you may spontaneously encounter members of the Royal Family on the street or in one of 'their' stores. True to tradition, Noordeinde Palace is the working palace of the head of state, the King. And like his predecessor Princess Beatrix, King Willem-Alexander has chosen Hague Palace Huis ten Bosch as his residence. During the summer, both Noordeinde Palace and the Royal Stables are open to individual visitors for a brief period. (The number of tickets is restricted and reservations can only be made shortly beforehand). The palace gardens can be accessed free of charge and are open to the public during the summer and winter.
With the Peace Palace as its beating heart, The Hague is the international city of peace and justice. People here strive to create a safer, more just world every day and individuals come from all corners of the world and join forces to solve global issues. For everyone: both now and in the future. This makes The Hague a logical place to hold international conferences.
As an extension of justice, over 160 international organisations in The Hague work tirelessly on international safety issues. One of these is the OPCW, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 2013.