Holland: 8 Cities in 3 ½ Days (Part II)

 

Day 2 – 5.7.17

Den Haag

Den Haag or The Hague is a city along the Western coast of the Netherlands and is known for its significance in international affairs.  The U.N.’s International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court are located here.  In contrast to the cities mentioned above, Den Haag has an undeniably modern vein represented by the soaring business buildings and sprawling commercial districts in downtown.  It is here that Netherland’s place in the world economy is apparent due to the foreign embassies and numerous international businesses that operate throughout the city.  To contrast the lush green landscapes within the country, one can visit the beach and experience the coast of the Netherlands.  The Chinatown area on the outer edge of downtown is also highly recommended!  The numerous parks, waterfront activities, and museums that Den Haag offers make it a great city to enjoy with family.

  • Hike through park
  • Downtown
  • Chinatown
  • To Do for Next Time – Beach
Delft

Delft is one of the smaller towns on this list but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in charm and accessibility.  Here one can visit the Oostpoort or Eastern Gate, the only remaining city gate from a period when cities were enclosed within walls.  Following the canal here takes one through the downtown and towards the town square where one can find the Nieuwe Kerk, a Protestant church with a height of 356.79 feet.  The square is the heart of Delft’s day life as numerous cafes, restaurants, store fronts, and market places comprise the perimeter.  Notable cafes include the Stads-Koffyhuis which is popular among students and the Bebop Café which has live jazz on Sundays.  One should also make it a point to visit De Visbanken, a seafood market and one of the oldest stores in Delft.  At De Visbanken, one can have a traditional raw herring meal in between perusing the many stores.

  • Fish market (De Visbanken)
  • Bebop Café
  • Oostpoort• Nieuwe + Town Square
  • Stads – Koffyhuis – Café

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Kent Huynh

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

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