“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary materials are light and time.”
— John Berger
The Hague has a unique city status
About The Hague
It is not the capital of the Netherlands (Amsterdam has that honour), but it plays many important roles usually associated with the capital city.
It is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament. It is the residence of the Dutch royal family. Most embassies and ministries are located here. Furthermore, the city hosts many international courts including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
The Hague is a stately city, markedly different from its smaller neighbours Leiden and Delft. In place of the cramped inner city surrounded by canals and walls are wide tree-lined boulevards and spacious public parks, and grand and important 18th-century mansions built for diplomats and affluent Dutch families.
There is a large church dating from the 15th century, an impressive City Hall from the 16th century, several large 17th-century palaces, and a number imposing Protestant churches from the 14th century onwards.
There are also many fine exampls of Art Deco and imposing ultramodern architecture. The city tour will offer fantastic photo opportunities of these.
Places visited on The Hague tour
- Vredespaleis (Peace Palace)
- Noordeinde Palace and Palace Garden
- The Dutch Parliament Buildings and lake (Binnenhof and Hofvijver)
- The most magnificent street in the Hague: stately Georgian houses framed by centuries-old lime trees
- De Ridderzaal (Knights Hall) and Grote Kerk (Great Church) – two of the Hague’s oldest buildings
- De Passage: the oldest arcade in Europe
- Koekamp and other green spaces in the Hague
- Fine examples of traditional and contemporary architecture
Note: The evening itinerary will vary according to the time of year
The photography experience
The Hague is richly rewarding for the photographer: varied architecture, green spaces and parks and a feeling of space compared with many dutch citiesmmeans you do not have to stand close to your subjects.
We especially recommend the evening tour as the parliament buildings are impressively lit at night.
The tour starts and ends The Hague Central Station (Den Haag Centraal Station). There are direct rail services to The Hague from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Leiden.
This session is not only limited to couples naturally, but also suitable for families or group of friends, for a special occasion or just for fun!