The Hague: The Barcelona of the Netherlands?
The Dutch constitution may identify Amsterdam as the official 'capital', but The Hague has been the Netherlands seat of government since 1588. Or, as locals say, the money is made in Rotterdam, divided in The Hague, and spent in Amsterdam. The Hague is also home to several fine museums and international organizations such as the International Court of Justice. This is the The Hague everybody knows. The Hague is Urban but still manageable, with a small city heart and a lot of green around the cityborders. The Hague is ideal to be surprised by the non touristic hidden spots. It's a city with a typical own flavor, a special humor, a The Hague popscene and a lot of surprising locations, you won't recognize if you are not an inhabitant of the city. Locals call The Hague a village where everybody seems to know each other. The Hague is a chic city from the outside, but with an underground heart to be discovered. Located near the sea in Scheveningen. The Barcelona of the Netherlands? It could be, but except the location near the see, a lot of things have to change. But don't underestimate the wish to change in The Hague. For the real Urban Explorer it is already happening.