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With its stylish and seamless combination of austere architecture, thriving creative culture and curving North Sea coastline, the Hague is a unique and enthralling city bursting with history and cosmopolitan charm. Internationally esteemed art galleries neighbor gourmet restaurants, while bespoke boutiques are nestled amidst grandiose government buildings. Such is the beauty and variety within this city that many members of the Dutch royal family reside in the sophisticated suburbs.
A sight that truly epitomizes the peaceful political values of this extraordinary city is undoubtedly The Peace Palace, an architectural marvel that was born from the germinating principles of peace that were present in the city at the end of the 19th century. A grand tour of the building will reveal the political relevance of the structure today and its intriguing history, in addition to stunning international gardens.
Transport yourself into the invigorating atmosphere of the Hague Market, a bounteous banquet for the senses which holds the title of Europe`s biggest outdoor market. Amidst the 500 stalls, visitors can sample the sweet flesh of exotic fruits, purchase the catch of the day or slip your feet into some fine leather shoes.
The Hague is home to some of Hollands most vibrant and beautiful squares, all of which are surrounded by political buildings steeped in history and heritage. Around the Het Binnenhof, the political hub of the city, austere and astounding buildings such as The Hall of Nights and the Prime Minister`s Little Tower coexist with charming cafes, refined restaurants and booming bars.
Due to the city`s multicultural make up, the Hague offers gastronomes an incredible array of cosmopolitan cuisines. Some of the best Indonesian restaurants in the country reside here, so ensure you taste buds are tantalized by the exotic dishes of Garoeda, a restaurant established by a Dutch colonialist and inspired by the fabulous food of Indonesia. Panoramic views of the Binnenhof and the glittering Hofvijver Pond can be enjoyed from the impeccably chic table. (Kneuterdijk 18 A, 2514 EN Den Haag, Netherlands, +31 70 346 5319)