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Arts, culture, and attractions

Art and Culture
There are a wide variety of popular and famous museums to visit in Den Haag. If you intend to visit various museums, it will be useful to buy a one-year museum card. The card allows you free admission to the majority of museums within the Netherlands. If a museum card is purchased, a brochure outlining the museums to which you have free admission will be provided. The museum card can be purchased at any VVV tourist office throughout the Netherlands, and at a majority of museums. The card costs 25EUR for adults. Be sure to bring your student ID for an additional discount. Here are a few museums in Den Haag:
·Mauritshuis; www.mauritshus
Consists of masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age, including paintings by Rembrandt, Steen, and Vermeer.
·The Palace Museum; www.gemeentemuseum.nl/paleis.htm and www.escherinhetpaleis.nl
·Museum Gevangenpoort; www.gevangenpoort.nl
·The Hague Historical Museum; www.haagshistorischmuseum.nl
Provides an overview of Den Haag and its history, offers numerous paintings, and organizes various exhibitions.
·Museum Mesdag; www.museummesdag.nl
·Muzee Scheveningen; www.muzeescheveningen.nl
Information can be found about the history of the fishing village Scheveningen, and a visit can be combined with a trip to the Lighthouse.


Popular museums in Amsterdam
·The Anne Frank House
·Van Gogh Museum


·Walibi World; www.walibiworld.nl
This is the biggest amusement park of Holland, and is full of adventurous rides.
·Madurodam; www.madurodam.nl
It is the world famous miniature city. Everything the Netherlands is famous for can be found replicated to the smallest detail.
·Omniversum; www.omniversum.nl
It is Europe’s first space theatre and digital planetarium.
·Duinrell Amusement Park; www.duinrell.nl
It is an amusement park with many aquatic attractions.
·National Sea Life Scheveningen; www.sealife.nl
It offers a fascinating trip below the North Sea.
·Holland Casino Scheveningen; www.hollandcasino.nl
·Panorama Mesdag; www.mesdag.nl
It is one of the largest panoramas left in the world, offering a view of the old fishing Village of Scheveningen in 1881.
·Peace Palace; www.vredespaleis.nl
It is a gift from the American Andrew Carnegie. It houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, as well as a library. It is decorated with objects donated by countries all over the world.
·Parliament Buildings and Knights’ Hall
Kinghts’ Hall dominates the center of the Binnenhof, which stands as the center of political life in the Netherlands.


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Dutch Greetings


Dutch greetings

Hello=Hallo, Hoi
How much does this cost?=Hoeveet kost dit/Wat is de prijs hiervan?
I love you=Ik houd van je
Thank you=Dank je
How is it going?=Hoe gaat het?
Here you go, thank you, excuse me=Alsjeblieft
Good day=Goedendag
Good morning=Goedemorgen
Good afternoon=Goedemiddag
Good evening=Goedenavond
Do you have..?=Heeft u..?
Where can I find..?=Waar kan ik..vinden?
Can I have a ..?=Mag ik..?

NOTE: Dutch pronunciation can be tricky, particularly the diphthongs (when two vowels are next to one another). For a better understanding of Dutch pronunciations, see: http://www.smartphrase.com/Dutch/du_pronunciation.shtml

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Den Haag

City facts and interesting information


The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, but the seat of government is in Den Haag where the Houses of Parliament and most of the foreign embassies are situated. Den Haag is a city full of culture, with a lot to offer. This historically rich city is a good place to live and work. Considered an international city, Den Haag brings together people from all over the world. Den Haag has about 80 embassies and consulates, and is host of international organizations like the International Court of Justice, foreign Chambers of Commerce and trade delegations. It is the capital of the province Zuid-Holland, home to the royal family, and is an attractive location for management and business services. It offers fine historical buildings and monuments, and many excellent museums. The famous seaside resort of Scheveningen, known for its dunes, sandy beaches, leisurely boulevards, and shopping malls, is only thirty minutes from The Hague University by bus or tram.


Grocery shopping

There are several different supermarket chains in Den Haag. The prices, choice, and service vary from shop to shop.
· Konmar is relatively inexpensive
· Albert Heijn offers good service and quality, although, with higher prices than other stores
· Aldi and Lidl are discount supermarket chains good for purchasing frozen and canned foods
· Jumbo is a reasonably priced supermarket.

Smaller, privately owned supermarkets are also common with a wide variety of imported foods. Open-air markets are considered the best places to go for a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. The biggest of these is the Haagse Mart, but there are many different markets located throughout Den Haag. Be sure to check opening and closing times. To check times at the Haagse Markt (can be translated to English): http://dehaagsemarkt.nl/content/view/38/54/, as they vary by market, and shop to shop.

"C1000 Grocery Store = The C1G" -------Paige

Dutch Delicacies
There are many Dutch delicacies to sample. A few typical traditions include eating herring (HARING), a raw fish with onions, ONTBIJTKOEK which is a dark cake that is often served at breakfast, POFFERTJES are very small pancakes served traditionally with butter and a lot of icing sugar sprinkled on top, PATAT are thick French fries often eaten with mayonnaise, and DROP is a type of liqourice candy from salty to hard, to soft and sweet. It is very popular among the entire Dutch population.



Public transport is excellent in Den Haag and throughout the Netherlands. The public transport system has trains, buses, trams, and metros running frequently throughout the country. Den Haag has two mainline railway stations, Centraal Station (CS), and Hollands Spoor (HS), which serve the city. All public transport modules have a timetable by which they run. Note that most of public transportation services stop at midnight or earlier. The trains in Den Haag to and from Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Leiden, and Utrecht leave once every hour after 1am. When you travel by train you can choose from three different types of trains; the “stoptrein” that stops at all stations on the route, the “sneltrein” that only stops at main stations, or the “intercity-trein” that only reaches major cities. On yellow timetables found throughout the stations, the type of train is indicated next to the station that you need. Information offices are situated at main stations if you need help finding out which train to take, at what time, and which connecting train you should take. It is possible to take your bicycle along with you on the train, but you will need a separate ticket for your bike. Besides public transport, walking is a great and easy way to get around, as well.

Zones and Strippen
For pricing purposes, the Netherlands is divided into zones by bus or tram. To travel by bus or tram, you can choose from various types of tickets. The strippenkaart (ticket of strips) is the most popular. This is a long narrow ticket divided into segments known as strippen. You determine beforehand how many zones your trip will cross by assessing the departure and destination points on a map at the tram stop, and then count off the required number of strippen on your ticket. Each zone costs one strip and there is a starting fee of one strip. Therefore, you add one strip to the total to arrive at the number of strippen your trip requires. When you board a tram, you can either stamp your strippenkaart yourself with the stamping machine or ask the driver to stamp it for you. To use the stamping machine, count the correct number of strippen, fold your ticket at the bottom of the correct strip, and then insert the card with the fold forwards into the stamping machine until you hear a click. It is possible for more than one person to travel on the same strippenkaart. All you have to do is stamp the correct number of strippen for each person. You can also stamp the last strip on your old ticket, and then continue with the new ticket.

Strippenkaarten are accepted on trams and buses. Strippenkaarten and other tickets can be bought from; HTM Klantenservice (shop) at Wagenstraat 35 (center of The Hague), HTM Klantenservice (ticket office) at Den Haag Centraal Station, and HTM Klantenservice (ticket office) at Hollands Spoor Station. You can also buy strippenkaarten, and other tickets in certain local shops. Small bills and/or coins are also an accepted form of payment. To let the driver know that you want the bus or tram to stop at the next stop so that you can get off, press one of the “stop” buttons in the vehicle. A red light will come on to confirm your request. At the stop, the bus driver will open the doors. Remember that if you want to exit off the tram, you will have to press one of the “open” buttons beside the doors.

Zones: If you stamp your strip card once for a particular zone(s), you can travel within this zone or in these zones freely for a specific amount of time, changing as many times as you wish. The time you have depends on the number of zones you use. If you are a frequent traveler in one city in Holland, you are better off buying a subscription that is valid for one week, month, or for a whole year. For these tickets you have to have a stamkaart (special ID card), which is made the first time you buy one. It requires a recent passport photo, and you have to bring your passport. These cards are available at main stations.

When traveling by train you can buy a one-way ticket (enkele reis), a day-return ticket (dagretour), or a weekend-return (weekendretour). It is cost effective to buy a return-ticket, because return-tickets are cheaper than two singles. You can purchase first or second-class tickets. Discount cards are also available. If you travel regularly between two cities, more than 16 times per month, it is better to buy a monthly ticket (maandtrajectkaart). If you are planning to see more of the Netherlands during your stay, it is advisable to buy a discount card, which gets you a 40 percent discount on train tickets. The card requires a recent passport photo, and a payment of 55 EUR, and is valid for one year. With this card, you must travel after 9am on weekdays in order to receive the discount. If you have this discount card, up to three people can travel with you on the discount. You also receive a 20 percent discount on international tickets.

Bicycles are the cheapest and most popular form of transportation in the Netherlands. Often there are separate lanes for bikes in cities, in addition to bicycle parking facilities. There are many shops in Den Haag that sell both new and second-hand bicycles. Also you will find other students that are willing to sell you their bike at an affordable price. It is best to buy an inexpensive-looking second-hand bike, because bikes easily get stolen if found unlocked.

Useful travel websites

www.ryanair.com Europe’s discounted airfare site
www.easjet.com flights to and from Britain
www.wizzair.com flights to and from Eastern Europe and other destinations
www.transavia.com departs from Amsterdam
www.skyeurope.com all of Europe
www.skyscanner.net searches multiple sites to find the best deal

www.ns.nl The Netherlands
www.b-rail.be Belgium
www.sncf.com France
www.renfe.es Spain
www.trenitalia.it Italy
www.bahn.de Germany (shows time tables for other countries as well)

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