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* Binnenhof

It means an inner castle in Dutch.  It was a castle owned by a count in the 13th century.  It is used as the National Assembly Building now.  There is a fountain and Willim I Bronze Image, who was the Founding Father of Netherlands in this neighborhood.  Ridderzaal of the shape of the keel of a ship in the inner yard is used to hold the opening ceremony of the National Assembly or a reception hall for foreign presidents.  

(In particular, the 2nd International Peace Conference was held here in 1907.  A Korean envoy, Lee Jun died for his country in neighboring De Jong Hotel because he could not enter Ridderzzal due to Japan's disturbance.)


* Peace Palace

It was built in 1913 by American millionaire, Carnegie who contributed US$ 1.  5 million.    It was used as Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ) building by the International League.  Presently used as International Court of Justice (ICJ) building.  Its interior is decorated with marble donated from all over the world and there is the Academy of International Law in the backyard.

* Madurodam

It is a park where famous buildings, harbors, and airport facilities in Netherlands are reduced like actual objects.  An air force officer, Maduro, played an active part in the resistance during World War II.   He was arrested by the Nazis, and died in a concentration camp.  Then, his parents developed this part to remember him.

* Scheveningen Beach

 

It is the most famous tourist spot during summer in Netherlands.  Hotel Kurhaus, located in the seaside, is well-known for casino.  There are many restaurants and an aquarium in this neighborhood.

* Delft City

Delft is a small town, located in the outer of The Hague.  There is Hugo Grotius Bronze Image, who is a luminary of international law and a Protestant church(Nieuwe Kerk) in the Central Square.   The City produces famous ceramics, Delft Blue, which is a Dutch special product.  Delft Blue is exhibited and sold around the Central Square.

* Leiden City

Leiden is a small town, located in the outer of The Hague and is formed with its focus on Leiden University, the best university in Netherlands.  It is very impressive to see lotus flowers and white ducks inhabiting the canal that flows across downtown.

* Keukenhof Bulbous Flower Park

It is the largest bulbous flower park of the world and located in Lisse, Netherlands.  Its area reaches 280,000㎡.  The Bulbous Plant Fair is held for two months from early April to late May.  It is the most famous and biggest exhibition of bulbous flowering plant in the world.  It helps many visitors to experience the start of new spring, it is often called 'the spring of Europe.

* Amsterdam Central Station


It is a Renaissance brick building built in 1889 and one of the central train networks of Europe. 

* Damplein

It is surrounded by a palace and a Protestant church(Nieuwe Kerk).  A war memorial of the World War II stands in the center.  

* Koninklijk Paleis

It was built as a city hall in the golden age of Netherlands in the 17th century, but it is used as the guest house of the royal family.  Seven entrances stand for seven states of the first independence.  There is an Atlas Statue with the earth on his back in the dome.

* Nieuwe Kerk

 

It is a late Gothic Protestant church, standing by the palace, where the coronation of the king is performed.

* Magere Brug

 

It is an wood drawbridge built in 1671.  It is very beautiful when illuminated at night. 

* Rijksmuseum

It is the largest museum of Netherlands, opened in 1885.  It possesses a great number of Dutch-related historical exhibits, as well as Asian art objects.  

It consists of five exhibition halls including paintings during the golden age such as sculpture, art craft, print, Oriental paintings, and Dutch history.  

In particular, it exhibits principal works of greatartists in the 15~19th century such as Rembrandt, Fermeer, Hals, and Ruysdael, and other painters of Netherlands.  You can meet 『The Night Watch』of Rembrandt.


* Vincent van Gogh Rijksmuseum

It opened in 1973 and possesses 200 pictures and 500 designs including famous "Autoportrait au crane rase" and "Tournesols".  It also exhibits works of Monet and Toulouse-Lautrec.

* Concertgebouw

It performed its first concert in 1888.  This hall has a seating capacity of 2,100 people.  Concertgebouw, the first symphony orchestra holds its regular concert every September~March.

* Anne Frankhuis

It is a house where Jewish Anne Frank, born in Germany, lived in hiding to avoid the oppression of Nazis during the WW2 in 1942-44.   She wrote her diary that became the famous book entitled "The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank".  The place exhibits a garret and other materials that depicts the brutal acts of Nazis.  

Since the first publication of "The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank" by her father, the only survivor of her family in 1947, it has been translated into many languages and widely read all over the world.


* Aalsmeer

It is one of the largest flower auction houses in the world, located near Amsterdam Airport Schiphol(about 20 ha).  A flower car parade is held every first Saturday from here to Amsterdam.

* Zaanse Schans

It is a tourist windmill village, located about 15 km southwest of Amsterdam.  There were about 700 windmills until the 18th century, but only four is preserved now.

* Europoort

It refers to the harbor district of Rotterdam.  It takes about one hour to take a look the central part by a tourist ship.  Huge warehouses and cranes offer a grand spectacle.

* Stadhuis

It is the largest city hall of Netherlands, built during 1914-20.  It stands in the center of Rotterdam.

* Euromast

This tower looks toward Rotterdam Port with the height of 185 meters.  It was built in 1960.  There is a restaurant and an observatory on the top.



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