This is a self-guided step-by-step walk around The Hague. There are three self-guided walks: The Old Town, Parks and Palaces, and The Peace Palace. Each walk contains detailed maps to make navigation as simple as possible.
The Hague is famous as the seat of the International Court of Justice, is home to the Dutch government, and is packed with embassies and diplomats.
But it has another much less well-known side. At its core lies a little lake, surrounded by those buildings which survived the terrible destruction of World War II.
You can explore:
The Binnenhof where the original Counts of Holland lived and where the Dutch government now sit.
The mansions and town houses of the wealthy Dutch merchants.
The palaces where the royal family live and work.
The secret Catholic churches.
And of course The Hague's memorable museums which are full of many wonderful Dutch masterpieces. Most famously, Vermeer's "The Girl with the Pearl Earring."
Excerpt from the book
"Just across the canal from where you are standing is Mata Hari’s house. It's the one with dark green shutters at number 16, and looks disappointingly respectable as the home of the exotic spy from World War 1. Mata Hari was executed in 1917.”