The Hague, or Den Haag in Dutch, is The Netherlands' administrative centre and seat of government. This North Sea city, situated alongside 11 kilometres of beautiful coastline, offers a pleasant mix of parks, medieval allure, 18th century grandiose architecture, and a modern touch. Nowhere else in the country does the historic style combine so uniquely and harmoniously with a hip, playful and contemporary ambiance as it does in The Hague. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the city is highly sought after when it comes to organizing memorable events that will live on in the memories of all those involved.
After all, The Hague has a long-lasting tradition of organising international events of the highest calibre, having hosted the world's first peace conference in 1899. This association has been preserved and developed through the ages: The Hague has welcomed many world leaders for world-shaping summits in the last few years, including former US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, while the city houses the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Services are by far the biggest contributors to the economy, of which The Hague MICE venues are an important part. The presence of numerous knowledge clusters, including cyber security, IT and communications, energy and renewables, or legal and finance, constructs and enhances a mutually-beneficial symbiosis between the events industry and the numerous businesses and organisations which headquarter here.
Benefitting from its very central location, The Hague is one of the easiest places in Europe to get to, with major capitals such as Brussels, London, Luxembourg and Paris found in its immediate vicinity. Whether it is the railway service, efficiently interlinked with neighbouring countries for direct and quick access, the country's own first-class highway network, or the two international airports situated within a stone's throw of each other, traveling to The Hague is always going to be a pleasant and hassle-free process. If flying to The Hague, one entry point is Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM), which lies in a northern suburb of Rotterdam, a mere 25-minute drive or a 35-minute train ride from the centre of The Hague. Probably its most convenient service is represented by the flights from Munich and London (Heathrow and London City), but many international guests will find the substantially larger airport at Amsterdam Schiphol much more opportune. This larger airport is one of the busiest aerial transport hubs in Europe, and lies on the north-eastern side of The Hague, with only a half hour's train ride or a 35-minute drive to the city, and its beautiful seaside.
Chief among MICE venues in The Hague is the World Forum Convention Centre, which has 40,000 square metres of space, 27 meeting rooms and a capacity of up to 5,000 persons. The Hague MICE hotels admirably able to host all those political and United Nations' dignitaries, as well as your group, include the 300-room The Hague Marriott, which has 20 meeting rooms for up to 500 persons; the 216-room Novotel Den Haag World Forum, offering an impressive 18 meeting rooms and a 2,161-seat theatre and the 195-room Hilton The Hague, which has 11 meeting rooms and function space for up to 700 persons.Two properties on the North Sea, situated in the district known as Den Haag-Scheveningen, are the 253-room Steigenberger Kurhaus, offering 19 function areas for up to 1,500 persons; and the 174-room Crowne Plaza Den Haag Promenade, featuring eight meeting and function areas, the largest able to host up to 1,200 persons.
The Hague also has some unique function spots - perhaps the most famous being the 17th-century museum of the Mauritshuis, which has room for functions of up to 400 persons and is renowned for being the home of Johannes Vermeer's The Girl with the Pearl Earring. Other sites include the AFAS Circustheater, usually known for hosting musicals and other entertainment shows, but also has 10 function rooms for up to 1,850 persons; De Mesdag Collectie, a private museum with stately gardens and buildings, numerous Old Masters and the capacity to host banquets of 225 persons and receptions of 320; and the impressive Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church- sitting in the middle of the city in a stand-alone position- which is the burial place of the philosopher Spinoza and has space for banquets of up to 300 persons and receptions of up to 600. Also in the centre, The Spanish Court, or Het Spaansche Hof, can be found. This is a glorious building with Louis XIV architecture, which is home to the city's largest garden and features event space for up to 450 persons. It serves as a reminder of the times when Spain ruled parts of The Netherlands between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Wonderful restaurants for groups in The Hague include Restaurant de Basiliek, which has an Italian-French menu, banquet space for 80 persons and reception space for 200; Zebedeus, a place to visit if looking for sophisticated, organic fine-dining; Grand Cafe Hof der Muzen, which has a design and atmosphere rather like the best rail station restaurants; Calla's, a celebrated restaurant with fresh, French fare; and La Passione, a locale taking pride in its selection of northern Italian dishes.