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The Hague with its broad lanes and old architecture is one of the most elegant cities of the Netherlands. The charming, historical city centre is great for a day of shopping. The shopping center around Spuistraat and Grote Marktstraat enjoys an abundance of shoppers seven days a week. Several minutes from this well-known area of the city center with its major fashion chain stores awaits a surprising part of The Hague: original and trendy stores abound the old, atmospheric Hofkwartier; from hip to classic and design to retro. The Passage, the oldest shopping center in the Netherlands, is also located in The Hague and offers a variety of specialist stores.
The Hague is also known for it's many great museums, including the Mauritshuis with great Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 16th and 17th century, the Panorama Mesdag which displays a 360 panorama of Scheveningen as it was in 1881, Escher in het Paleis with a permanent exhibition of the optical illusionist M.C. Escher and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, a pinnacle of modern architecture designed by H.P. Berlage including Mondriaan's Victory Boogie Woogie.
Besides a lively city center, The Hague also has two beach side resorts: Kijkduin and Scheveningen. Scheveningen is only 15 minutes away by bike or tram and includes 10km of beach. The beach can be divided in three parts: in the South there is a surf area with a true surf vibe and surf shops, the middle part is more touristic and focuses on people spending their summer holliday and the Northern part of the beach is called Zwarte Pad and includes trendy beach bars and has a laidback atmosphere with lounge music and DJ's performing during the weekend.
The reopening of one of the world’s most celebrated museums, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, takes place on 27. June following a major renovation. The reopening provides an opportunity for a major representation of the museum’s world-famous collection of Dutch and Flemish masters of the Golden Age including iconic works such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp.
The museum has been restored and expanded to meet the requirements and expectations of the 21st-century visitor. The surface area of the Mauritshuis has doubled, creating more space for art, exhibitions, education and events. The development includes the complete renovation of the 17-century historic palace which forms the Mauritshuis’ main building, taking it back to the architect's original design. Another important feature is the creation of a new underground foyer and entrance area which connects the historic building to the newly created Royal Dutch Shell Wing directly opposite, which will house state-of-the art exhibition and education facilities. For more information on the Mauritshuis, visit: www.mauritshuis.nl.