The name of Lange Voorhout avenue derives from the fact that it was an offshoot from the Haagse Bos (The Hague forest). This stately, broad strolling avenue is surrounded by rows of impressive lime trees and is a true example of beauty and serenity. The famous “Unter den Linden” boulevard in Berlin was inspired upon this avenue. The avenue is flanked by monumental buildings, amongst which are a palace that is now used as a museum, as well as a theater and an artist association named Pulchri. And of course, last but not least the iconic Hotel Des Indes.
All year round several events are organized on these center walkways, ranging from a carnival fair on the King’s Birthday to exhibitions of statues and sand sculptures. From the middle of May till September you can find an antiques and book market here twice a week, and in winter a cozy Christmas market is organized. The street lanterns that were renewed in 2009, have adjustable LED lights in them which can highlight art objects during any of the summer festivals. The golden crowns on the lanterns are a reference to the route that the Golden Carriage follows on Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day).