Holidaymakers looking for a city full of history and culture but also close to the coast might like to try The Hague in the Netherlands. Although not the capital city it is the home of the Dutch parliament and has many exciting things to do and see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and campsites.
The Hague has some wonderfully scenic places and is a great city to take a long walk or a cycle ride. Several sporting activities can be done here including bowling, rowing and diving. A golf centre enables golfers to practice indoors and out with lessons also available, while mini-golf is also available here. In spite of being a flat country skiers can practice their skills on an indoor ski slope, whilst ice rinks are available for skating too. The beach is just a short ride from The Hague with Kijkduin a god place to sunbathe on the sand or practice some yoga. There are many bars, cafes and restaurants in the area with a variety of dining options including local fare as well as international cuisine. A good range of shopping can be found in The Hague with large department stores as well as smaller souvenir shops. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and drink for numerous supermarkets, stores and markets.
There are many interesting historic places to visit in The Hague such as churches, castles and windmills. The city boasts several museums too such as the Panorama Mesdag and a museum for kids. The arts are well represented with several galleries including Galerie Zuid-Holland and Galerie Edison. Visitors will find several theatres and cinemas in the city or they may prefer an evening at the casino. The capital city Amsterdam and the major port of Rotterdam are within easy reach by car and are well worth a visit. In spring time a must see place is Keukenhof in Lisse, which is an 80 acre park of winding paths, gurgling streams, placid ponds and magnificent flowering bulbs including tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Holland is July and August when the average high temperature is 21 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January and February averaging just a high of 6 degrees centigrade and a low of 1 degree. October is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 100mm rainfall, but rain can fall any time of the year.
The Hague is just 45 kilometres from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). Flights arrive in Amsterdam from many international cities via various airlines including the largest one based here, KLM. Those cities include Athens, Berlin, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Rome, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington amongst many others. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National Car Rental and Sixt are the car hire firms located at Schiphol Plaza behind the arrivals halls. There are also taxi services available from the airport.