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The Hague Need Not Hide Behind Amsterdam

The Hague was for a long time on my wishlist. When I told a small group of my people about my upcoming city trip to The Hague, a Dutch friend vehemently advised me against it. “You’ll be bored to death,” he said. “The Hague is small and stuffy.” He’s from Amsterdam, of course. How good that I didn’t listen to him. The Hague I am coming! Admittedly, the journey didn’t exactly put me in a cheerful mood. Flight delay with Lufthansa already from Munich. In Amsterdam, the trains were on strike, so I had to take a cab from Schiphol to The Hague. 140 euros. What a crap! View to the king’s workplace The location of my hotel Royal Indigo already compensated for this. Royal because it is located directly opposite the Royal Palace in the lively and cozy pedestrian street Noordeinde in the middle of the city center of The Hague. The 16th century Paleis Noordeinde has been the permanent seat of government for the Royal Family since 1831. The Royal Indigo opened its doors in 1883, has been renovated several times. The color indigo runs like a red or rather blue thread through the modernly furnished four-star hotel. Be it the shutters on the building, bed frames, doors, furniture or the old bank safes, behind which the minibar, coffee machine and safe are hidden. A reminiscence of the Dutch National Bank that used to reside in the building. The Gold Bar in the basement used to be the vault. Today, delicious drinks are served there. Lush floral wallpaper, exquisite decor wherever you look. Yet nothing is overloaded in the Royal Indigo. It is a place of pure comfort with a harmonious, cheerful color concept. And time and again, you encounter the look of the Dutch Queen Beatrix – as Warhol pop art, as a photo, as a wall plate. Strolling in the pedestrian zone When you leave the house, you are immediately in the pedestrian zone. It stretches to the right and left with pretty little stores, restaurants of all nationalities, cafes, galleries. In front of many stores you can sit and relax on sofas. Without any obligation to buy. On the square in front of the Royal Palace, chess is played with full concentration. I was particularly taken with The Bookstor with its reading corners, workstations, and a small garden surrounded by greenery, where chess is also played – seems to be a national sport here.… weiterlesen