Virtual Tour 33: Den Haag 1

Den Haag was home for two or so years, starting in 2010. We lived very close to the city centre, which wasn’t hard to do given that the area of the city is only 98km2 / 38mi2.

I rode to and through these places many many times.

Locations of places in the following photographs


We lived in this apartment building – De Hogenhout. It was built in 1930 in the style of the Nieuwe Haagse School (New School of The Hague). The building started as a woonhotel. Woonhotels were luxury ‘hotels’ where rich citizens lived permanently. After this woonhotel closed it became an office building. It was renovated and turned back into an apartment building in 1996. It is a listed national monument. 


The Hoftoren was the tallest (now the third-tallest) building in Den Haag at 142 metres / 466 feet. It is nicknamed ‘the fountain pen.’ It housed the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
The Zurichtoren (with the green top) was designed by Cesar Pelli and housed the offices of Zurich Financial Services.
The orange pyramid topped buildings (there are actually two pyramids) housed the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.


The antiques market on Lange Vorhout. The market was open here every Thursday and Sunday during the summer.

In 2010 there was an exhibition of Sculptures on the Lange Voorhout.


This was the United States Embassy building. The US Embassy has since moved to Wassenaar.


The MC Escher Museum is housed in a former royal palace. Queen Emma lived here.


The new Stadhuis (City Hall) of Den Haag is nicknamed the Ice Palace.

This sculpture is outside the Stadhuis.


The Grote Marktstraat (Great Market Street) is a pedestrian (and bicycles) only shopping area.

Ummm – artwork on Grote Marktstraat.


Every self-respecting city must have a Chinatown.


The Sting Store is nicknamed ‘The Cookie Jar.’ It houses a collection of brand-name clothing stores.


This was the closest thing to Starbucks in Holland at the time. This was my home until an internet connection was installed in our apartment. Every time you bought a coffee or food you got a free wifi connection for an hour.


The rear of the Mauritshuis and a corner of the Senate building from across the Hofvijver (Court Pond). The Dutch Prime Minister’s office is in the building with a spire.

The Dutch are famously egalitarian. Not only does the Dutch Prime Minister have a small office. He also often cycles to official functions.


In the 17th century, the Mauritshuis was the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau. The Mauritshuis was privatised in 1995 and is now a museum. Vermeer’s “Girl With the Pearl Earring” is inside.


The Binnenhof (Inner Court) is a complex of buildings that holds both houses of the States-General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Built primarily in the 13th century, the Gothic castle originally functioned as the residence of the counts of Holland and became the political centre of the Dutch Republic in 1584.

This was taken from the opposite side of the Hofvijver.

More tomorrow.

8 response to "Virtual Tour 33: Den Haag 1"

  1. By: BobinVT Posted: June 21, 2020

    I like that sport was in the same ministry as health and welfare. Great photos.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 22, 2020

      I’m glad you like the post. Thank you for reading.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 22, 2020

      Ask and you shall receive 😄

  2. By: gregblood Posted: June 21, 2020

    There is no China Town in MY respectable town, but I wish there was. Great tour of Den Haag. Any relation to Haagen Dazs ice cream? I ask, not as an ice cream fan, but as someone who sees “Haag” and can’t think of anything else to say.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 21, 2020

      Towns get a China Town waiver ha ha ha.

      Apparently the brand name “Häagen Dazs” was made up. It was meant to sound Danish. The founders of the company thought Denmark had a positive image in the United States.

      “Den Haag” means “The Garden.” Ice-cream in the garden. I can go for that.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 21, 2020

    Continuing to enjoy your posts, interesting and informative. Great photos!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 21, 2020

      Glad you are enjoying the posts.

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