The Hague ... again
Since my trip in April 2022 at the latest, The Hague has been one of my absolute favourite cities. So what could be more evident than to pay another visit to the royal city by the sea in July to escape the heat wave in my hometown of Düsseldorf? The heat escape didn't quite work out because the temperatures in The Hague also reached up to 36 degrees C on one day. But at least you can breathe easily by the sea in the Scheveningen district, and my chic flat in the Penthouse had air conditioning.
The imposing Hague Tower (Haagse Toren) has 42 floors and, at 132 metres, is the third tallest building in The Hague. In addition to offices and private flats, the penthouse resides here with studios on floors 29 and 30 and luxury flats at lofty heights on the 38th and 39th floors. The best views are thus guaranteed.
The room key is on your smartphone
At the chic, red-tinted reception, you will not get a key or room card for check-in (from 3 pm). The doors to the building, corridor, and flat open with a swipe function on your smartphone after receiving an email from reception. Soon you won't be able to do anything without your smartphone. The lift takes you to the 39th floor in no time. A quick swipe - and the door to my luxury accommodation opens beautifully.
FLATS with a view
Through the large windows in the living area, the view sweeps over the city to the Peace Palace and the North Sea. On the south side, the skyline and harbour of Rotterdam are visible; the view extends to 45 km. Crazy. Tip: Watching the sunset from the flat is worth it!
Sleep like a baby
The flats are modern and furnished without frills. I liked the work area with a desk and comfortable office chair. Bonus: No lights or noises at night like in many hotels. It was as quiet as a mouse, wonderful!
The kitchen is fully equipped, so you can easily prepare breakfast and dinner. I received a fancy breakfast box as a welcome gift. You can order this every morning or go to the supermarket (Albert Heijn - what else in Holland), which is less than a five-minute walk away and get the ingredients there. A little further on, there is even a sizeable organic shop (Eko Plaza) with a great food selection.
If you don't feel like cooking or going out (the centre of The Hague is only a few minutes walks away), you can also order your food and a massage. You can have breakfast or brunch at the charming Café Overkant, located in a small park about a 10-minute walk from the penthouse. The small garden is the best place to sit and enjoy when the weather is nice.
It's a pity that the observation terrace on the 42nd floor is no longer open to visitors - unless you want to organise an event immediately. However, I was allowed to go to the top to take some incredible Instagram photos - it was more than worth it! - I should also mention the futuristic-looking gym on the 22nd floor. "It is hardly ever used," says Emma, the charming receptionist. I didn't either feel like doing a workout in the summer temperatures.
A word about the location and how to get there: If, like me, you travel by train in an environmentally friendly way, book your ticket to Den Haag HS (Holland Spoor) and not to Den Haag Central station. From the chic old station building, it's only a few minutes walk to the tower, which you can't miss.
The tram to the centre of The Hague and Scheveningen (North Beach) stops right outside the front door. A single ticket costs EUR 4 (as of July 2022), and it takes 15 minutes to get to the sea. I took an excursion to the picturesque town of Delft, famous for its blue porcelain. The tram ride takes about 20 minutes and costs 4 EUR (as of July 2022).
Not to miss - the charming city of Delft
The best way to get there is to stroll through the town, which, with its canals lined with cafés, is almost a bit like Little Amsterdam. Here, the many churches are the tallest buildings. The Prinsenhof Delft Museum, with its pretty courtyard and garden, is worth a visit if you are interested in the eventful history of the former great power, the Netherlands.
You cannot miss the famous Delft porcelain
In the Royal Delft Museum, the world-famous blue porcelain is still made today as it was in the 17th century. Everywhere you go in the city, you will come across the blue treasure of Delft in some form or other.
Of course, a windmill is not to be missed - in the Molen de Roos, grain is still ground with the help of wind energy. There are beautiful views of Delft from the platform at the top of the mill.
My tip for a snack after so much culture: the charming Café Bombina in the centre of Delft. Lovely service, delicious smoothies, snacks, and great coffee.
The ultra-modern railway station is an absolute contrast to Delft's historic architecture. Here Holland shows its innovative and creative side, which I admire so much.
The Hague and its surroundings fascinated me once again. Not even the pigeon that dropped its droppings on my smartphone when I left changed that. At least I got to know the most modern and cleanest station toilet I've ever seen (at Holland Spoor station) before heading back home by train.
Have you got the urge to visit The Hague? Have fun! Here, you can find my tips on the most important sights in the royal metropolis.