MUSEUMS & THEATER
The inner-city of The Hague has many museums and theaters. Lovers of art and culture find more than their money's worth here. From the curious prints made by the graphic artist M.C. Escher and the world-famous paintings from the Golden Age to the largest painting in the Netherlands. You can admire them all in the nearby museums. Fans of the renowned writer Couperus - who was from The Hague - can find out all they want to know about this literary celebrity in the Couperus Museum. In the nearby theaters there is a wide range of music, drama, dance and cabaret shows on offer.
ESCHER IN THA PALACE
The Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher acquired international fame with his imaginative prints, lithographs and woodcuts. He is most well-known for his regular tessellations, optical illusions and 'impossible depictions'. A permanent exposition of the best pieces by this unique artist is exhibited in the Escher Museum, amongst which is the astonishing Metamorphosis I.
The walls of this museum are adorned with pieces from the old masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The best Dutch painters of the Golden age are represented in the Mauritshuis. Top pieces like the Girl with the Pearl by Vermeer, the Anatomical Lesson of dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, the Goldfinch (het Puttertje) by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are part of the permanent collection of this museum.
Mesdag Panorama is a cylindrical panoramic painting, measuring 14 meters (46 feet) in height and with a circumference of 120 meters (394 feet). The artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag painted this panoramic view of the North Sea, the dunes, The Hague and Scheveningen in 1881. He was among the artists of the 'The Hague School'. Instead of autographing his work, Mesdag portrayed his wife Sientje in the panorama, as was customary in panoramic paintings.
Are you a fan of the literary masterpieces Eline Vere, The Hidden Force) and Old People and the Things that Pass? Or did the sculpture of Louis Couperus on the Lange Voorhout spark your interest when you sauntered by? In any case, a visit to the Couperus Museum is always a good idea. On the charming first floor of the property on the Javastraat you will learn everything there is to know about this literary giant and there are always regularly changing shows on exhibit. This well-loved author from The Hague still sparks the imagination and his body of work has already had many cinematographic adaptations.
Meermanno Museum is the 'Home of the Book' and is within walking range of Des Indes Hotel. The museum has a large collection of medieval manuscripts and early prints, but also a collection of 1515 miniature books, that had a miniature library built for it specifically crafted according to the design of a dollhouse. There are ongoing exhibits about anything to do with books, such as illustrators, the art of book printing and type designers.
Des Indes Hotel is the ideal base camp for visits to one of the many theaters in the city center.
Make reservations for a music or dance show, watch a play or enjoy stand-up comedy in Diligentia, Koninklijke Schouwburg (the Royal Theater), Theater aan het Spui, Korzo, music venue Paard, cinema Filmhuis and the Gothische Zaal. At the moment a new theater complex named OCC is under construction on the Spuiplein and is expected to be completed in June of 2020.
LITERATURE & MUSIC
As far as literature is concerned, the international literary festival Winternachten (Winters Eves) is organized in January and the Crossing Border Festival, where more than one hundred authors, artists and musicians from the whole world gather, takes place in fall.
The area around the Bierkade, Dunne Bierkade, Groenewegje, Hooikade and Veenkade provide a platform for the festival 'Jazz in de Gracht' (Jazz on the Canal).
DISCOVER THE HAGUE
Normally the buildings of parliament, where a country is governed from, are located in the country’s capital. The Netherlands are an exception to that rule. The Hague is the city where history is being written and the future of democracy is determined.
A stay in The Hague is incomplete without visiting the exclusive specialty stores in the many welcoming shopping areas, which are abundantly spread around the Buurtschap 2005 quarter and Hofkwartier (Royal Quarter).
CITY OF ROYALS
The special connection with our Royal family is apparent all over town. A stroll by the palaces, the Palace Garden and several historic locations almost makes the connection to our Royal House tangible.