Late last summer I was out on one of my walks in The Hague.
If you are in the centre of the Hague standing at the back of the Kerkplein where the Groot of Sint Jacobskerk (also known as St. Jacobs Church or Grote Kerk). stands then you need to walk down the Prinsestraat towards Noordwal. ( the photo at left is the view on the Prinsestraat looking back towards the centre and Kerkplein).
When you reach the intersection of Prinsestraat and Noordwal you will find on the right hand side the Paleis Tuin which translated means: The Palace Garden.
This is a bit more than a garden, it’s rather large so it’s more like a Park, enclosed by high walls it is a beautiful and quiet spot very close to the very heart of the city.
People come here for a quiet picnic lunch, to sit, contemplate, read, and to enjoy this little gem of greenery set in leafy mature trees and shrubs.
Just to the right of the Paleis Tuin is Paleis Noordeinde … so let’s take a look around this area and learn a little about the centre of The Hague. Our first stop is a look at the Paleis Noordeinde, which is the Queen of The Netherlands’ working Palace. This is the rear of the building that backs onto the Palace Park:
If you are in the Noordeinde (street) on the other side of the Palace then this is the view that you will see (and this is where all the tourists take their photos)
Apparently this is the wing where the Queen carries out her daily work.
I will look deeper into the subject of Paleis Noordeinde in the future… but this was a quick look around the outside of Paleis Noordeinde. I want at this moment to focus more on my walk on the rear side of the Palace and the beautiful garden/park at stands quietly and serenely behind it. Ah… tomorrow…