The Hague considers the sailing sport of paramount importance. The city has even qualified it has key sport A, just like beach volleyball. In the meantime, the Scheveningen harbour is being developed quickly, both technically and sportive.
By the end of 2008, the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union and the city of The Hague signed an agreement of co-operation. They both join forces to improve sailing on all levels. The Hague is supposed to become the heartbeat of the Dutch coastal yachting and especially of the Delta Lloyd Olympic Sailing Team of the Netherlands. In May 2009, the International Top Sailing Centre The Hague opened its doors. This center was initiated by the Dutch federation and Yacht Club Scheveningen. It empowers The Hague to become a national and international leading yachting location. It also matters a great deal to The Hague to manifest herself as ‘Sports City by the Sea’.
A leading sailing location requires top sailing events and activities. Especially regarding the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012 in London, the North Sea is considered to be important training water. In 2007, the Laser Radial Europeans and Worlds were hosted in Scheveningen. This year, the Delta Lloyd 470 Worlds and J22 Worlds will be held in The Hague as well. The city aims for more international championships.
Multicultural The Hague
The Hague with its 489.375 citizens shows a unique mix of culture, nature, international and national roles. It is the capital of the province South-Holland, the third-biggest city of the Netherlands and the only one on the North Sea coast. On one side, you will find the dunes, Scheveningen harbour, pier and large sandy beaches. On the other side, busy city life with a multicultural society and parks. The royal family has a residence at the Noordeinde Palace and the Dutch Government is historically based around the parliamentary buildings surrounding the Binnenhof. The Hague is also an important UN city, as the International Court of Justice houses at the remarkable Peace Palace (Vredespaleis). In addition, all foreign embassies and government ministries are located in The Hague, as well as the Supreme Court, Council of State and various lobbying organizations.
Arts The Hague is not only known as international city of peace and justice, but also for its arts. The Mauritshuis Museum (next to the Binnenhof) is absolutely a must see cultural attraction. You will find an outstanding collection of Dutch and Flemish masterpieces from artists as Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn. Arts exhibitions are also hosted at the Gemeentemuseum (Minicipal Museam) or at the many galleries downtown The Hague. In order to get a picture from the past, Panorama Mesdag will bring you back to 1881. Hendrik Willem Mesdag, one of the most famous The Hague artists, made an impression of the sea, the dunes and Scheveningen at the time. The result is a cylindrical painting, measuring 120 by 14 meters. The younger ones will love Madurodam (miniature buildings) or the interactive science centre Museon.
Enjoy The Hague, the international city by the sea!