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Travel Guide

Amsterdam & The Hague

Contents The Netherlands Celebration days Holland The Dutch “Lower countries” Getting around


Amsterdam Neighbourhoods Attractions Shopping Eat & drink Tips by locals

The Hague

The Hague Attractions Royal City by the Sea Shopping Eat & drink Tips by locals

Alumni in The Netherlands Dutch Survival Guide

The Netherlands Celebration days Holland The Dutch “Lower countries� Getting around

Facts of The Netherlands The Dutch are known to be the tallest people in the world and according to all research, they speak the best English in the world. The world enjoys their delicious cheese, of which they export worth over $3 billion annually. An average Dutch person eats more than 20 kg of cheese per year. It might not be a surprise that the country has over 1,6 million cows producing more than 10 billion litres of milk per year. The Netherlands is a small, densely populated European country, with three island territories located in the Caribbean. “Netherlands” means “low countries”. The name comes from its low and flat geography, with only about 50% of the country being above sea level. Did you know that at Schiphol Airport, you are actually four metres below sea level? The total area of 41,543 km2 in The Netherlands means that it is only a 3.5 hour drive from the top to the bottom of the country. The country has a population of over 17 million, with a population density of 408 people per km2. Only Bangladesh, South Korea and Taiwan have a higher population density. The capital of The Netherlands is Amsterdam, but the government is situated in The Hague as well as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.

Important dates 1 January March/April March/April 27 April 4 May

New Year’s Day Good Friday Easter King’s Day National (2min silence 8.00 pm) Remembrance Day 5 May Liberation Day 5 December Sinterklaas 25-26 December Christmas


The Netherlands and Holland are two different things. The Netherlands is a country where the Dutch live and where Dutch is spoken. The Netherlands is made up of twelve provinces, two of which are called Holland: South and North Holland. These two provinces (Zuid-Holland & Noord-Holland), include the three largest cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The colours of the Dutch flag are red, white and blue. However, they once were orange, white and blue. The orange colour comes from ‘Willem van Oranje’ who led the Dutch revolt against the Spanish, resulting in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. To this day, orange is the Dutch national colour.

The Dutch

Besides the fact the Dutch are tall, speak English well, and like cheese, they are known for cycling, water management and many successful multinationals like Philips, Heineken and KLM. They are also extremely successful in a number of sports. Compared to other cultures, the Dutch may come across as being very direct. Despite their liberal attitude, they care about their cultural traditions. For example, greetings are 3 kisses, right-left-right, but for newcomers, a handshake is always appropriate.

“Lower countries”

A quarter of The Netherlands is below sea level. Nieuwekerk aan den IJssel (South Holland) is the lowest point in The Netherlands, at 6.76 metres below sea level. Travellers to The Netherlands can combine busy city trips with relaxing water sport holidays. The most well-known ‘water’ provinces are Friesland and Zeeland. Fishing, (para) sailing, kite and wind surfing, rowing, swimming, diving, water-skiing and even mud-walking are just a few of the many water sports enjoyed by the Dutch and their visitors.

Getting around

Getting around on the excellent Dutch public transport system is simple: you can either use single-use chip cards, or an OV-chipkaart, which is a rechargeable smart card. The singleuse chip cards can be bought from ticket machines, service desks and on busses and certain trams. If you travel often, you can buy an anonymous or a personalised OV-chipkaart. With a personalised OV-chipkaart you can also make use of rental bikes at most stations (OVbikes) and profit from discounts. The OV-chipkaart can be used for all public transport in the Netherlands. Read more: www.ov-chipkaart.nl

I amsterdam City Card

The ‘I amsterdam’ City Card - is a great option for those who want to see as much as they can. With the card, you get free entry to museums, free canal cruises, and free unlimited use of all types of public transport in Amsterdam. Here are some examples of the City Card options and the prices: 24h - 55 EUR 48h - 65 EUR 72h - 75 EUR 96h - 85 EUR

Prices and card types are subject to change

The cards can be ordered via iamsterdam.com or purchased at train stations, Schiphol Airport, tourist information points, and many other locations listed on the site.

Going by bike

Cycling in The Netherlands is an essential Dutch experience. Renting a bike or taking a guided tour is a great way to discover a city. Cycling can be quite an adventure in Amsterdam or in The Hague. When renting a bike, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Finding a bike rental is not a problem in either Amsterdam or The Hague; they can be found in the city centre, train stations and at hotels/ hostels.



Facts of Amsterdam Neighbourhoods Attractions Shopping Eat & Drink Tips from locals

Facts of Amsterdam Amsterdam is the capital city of The Netherlands, and with a population of approximately 813,562, it’s the largest city. Were you aware of these facts about Amsterdam? •

Amsterdam has 165 canals adding up to more than 100 kilometres of waterways.

Ever wondered what XXX means? XXX is the city’s symbol representing three vertical St. Andrew’s Crosses.

Perhaps not surprisingly, 25,000 bikes end up in the canals each year.

Have you seen those cute boats on the canals that look like houses? They are some of the 2,500 houseboats in Amsterdam.

As you walk the streets with your guide and a map, don’t be shy, Amsterdam hosts millions of tourists every year.

Neighbourhoods Amsterdam Noord (North)

What to do there? • An outdoor market at Ten Katestraat • Alternative cultural centres and delicious restaurants • “Foodhallen” An indoor foodmarket www.foodhallen.nl

What to do there? • Explore the local art scene and architecture • Check out The IJ-hallen and the flea market

De Pijp


What to do there? • The Albert Cuypmarkt is a must-visit in this area! • International restaurants. Taste cuisines from Syria, Morocco, Suriname, Spain, India and Turkey • Visit the Alumni restaurant called Barca at Marie Heinekenplein 30-31

Unique architecture and a vibrant cultural scene make Amsterdam Noord worth visiting. The ferries depart behind the Central Station one to four times per hour, and stop at several points north of the river IJ; the travel time is around five minutes.

The Jordaan is clustered between the four canals of Prinsengracht, Lijnbaansgracht, Passeerdersgracht and Brouwersgracht. The neighbourhood is easy to reach by foot from Central Station. What to do there? • Noordermarkt has a flea market on Monday mornings • Visit the organic farmer’s market on Saturdays • Visit the traditional Café Nol and sing-a-long with Amsterdam folk songs • Visit the famous “De Negen Straatjes” (The nine streets)

Oud-West (Old West)

Oud-West is close to both the Vondelpark and Rembrandtpark which offer restful and green oases in the busy city. Oud-West is a diverse and liberal neighbourhood.

One of the most cosmopolitan and vibrant districts of Amsterdam, De Pijp nowadays represents a melting pot of cultures and nationalities.


This is the largest park in Amsterdam, centrally located south of the Leidseplein, nearby the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. The ‘Vondelbunker’ is a hidden gem located on the “Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat” under a bridge in the Vondelpark which offers a variety of counter-culture activities, events, cinema nights, art exhibitions and dining.

Tourist attractions

Oude Kerk

De Oude Kerk was originally a Catholic place of worship. Nowadays it’s one of Amsterdam’s most unique visitor sites, and portrays the national character of Dutch Protestantism. Visiting and opening hours: www.amsterdam.info/oude-kerk

Dam Square

Just a 10-minute walk from the Central Station, the Dam square, built in the 13th century, is one of the busiest tourist attractions in Amsterdam.


The Begijnhof is one of the oldest inner courtyard gardens in the city of Amsterdam. The enclosed courtyard dates back to the early 14th century and is surrounded by a group of historic buildings.

The Leidseplein

This is one of the main nightlife attractions in Amsterdam. The area is full of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, cinemas and theatres.

Magere Brug

The Magere Brug, located right next to the Royal Theatre Carré, is a traditional Dutch double-swipe (balanced) bridge, connecting both banks of the River Amstel. The bridge master opens the bridge every 20 minutes to let the boats through. The original bridge was built in 1670, and has not changed much since then.

City of Museums Museumplein

The Museumplein is home to some of the world’s most important artistic and historical treasures. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Diamond Museum, Coster Diamonds and Moco Museum are all located around the Museumplein.

Amsterdam Museum

Kalverstraat 92.

Anne Frank House

Prinsengracht 263-267. (Book your tickets online to avoid the queue!)

Science Centre Nemo

Oosterdok 2 is a stimulating science museum full of experiments and exhibitions, where everyone can always learn something new.

Heineken Experience

Stadhouderskade 78, where you can take a tour through the history of the world-renowned brand, and experience the real Heineken. In addition to these, visit: Royal Palace Amsterdam, The Artis Royal Zoo, The Museum of Fluorescent Art, The Torture Museum, Museum of Prostitution, The Cat Museum.

Shopping Fashion

Two of the city-centre’s main shopping streets are the Kalverstraat and the Leidsestraat. The Leidsestraat has the more exclusive shops and Kalverstraat is home to all the major European high-street brands. P.C. Hooftstraat (Oud-Zuid) is also famous for its exclusive shops.

The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes)

This area of nine narrow streets intersecting the main canals between the Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district is full of cosy cafes, vintage shops and speciality stores.

Haarlemmerstraat & Haarlemmerdijk

These streets have 235 stores offering everything you can imagine. Independent boutiques and specialty stores make sure that the hardest thing for you is to decide where to start.

De Bijenkorf

One of the best-known department stores in Amsterdam, De Bijenkorf, is situated in an impressive historic building just behind the Dam Square. Five floors of luxury brands, fashion items, accessories, beauty products, shoes and culinary delights await all those who love shopping. De Bijenkorf, located at Dam 1, is a must-see for everyone!

Art & design

If you love art and antiques, visit the Spiegelkwartier, located just behind the Rijksmuseum. In addition, visit other hotspots like the Rozengracht (Jordaan), BeBoB Design Interior (Herenstraat 8), Droog (Staalstraat 7), The Frozen Fountain (Prinsengracht 645) and Moooi Gallery (Westerstraat 187). Along the canals of Amsterdam you will find many galleries that offer exhibitions from upcoming talents to world-famous artists.

Eat & Drink

Amsterdam Hotelschool The Hague is proud of its Alumni and the role they play as Ambassadors of Hotelschool The Hague. In this chapter,we proudly present our Alumni restaurants in Amsterdam.







1 Barça

Enter Barça and find yourself in the food culture and beautiful neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Drink a glass of Cava or a delicious trendy Spanish drink, Sangria vino tinto, in a Spanish- inspired atmosphere on Barça’s sunny terrace, or order a caña at the bar. Immerse yourself completely in the Catalan food culture by ordering some of the tasty tapas. www.barca.nl

2 Snappers

Resto-Bar Snappes is located on the well-known Regulierdwarsstraat in Amsterdam’s city centre. The menu includes classic dishes with an emphasis on comfort food. Snapper’s large bar is simply the place to enjoy one of their famous cocktails. www.snappers-amsterdam.nl

3 Forno

Forno is an Italian restaurant in one of Amsterdam’ most beautiful neighbourhoods. It is a hidden gem, located in a quiet ‘Piazza’ offering Italian-styled main courses and well-known pizzas. Forno is a home away from home. www.restaurantforno.nl

4 Grizzl

At Grizzl’s, fast food doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have to taste good. Natural and sustainable ingredients go into Grizzl’s dishes making them both delicious and ‘guilt free’. Fear not, vegetarians – juicy burgers and crispy Flammkuchen come in both meat and veggie versions. Here, even the most die-hard meat lovers are licking their fingers! www.grizzl.nl

5 Bar Spek

Bar Spek is a neighbourhood meeting place where everyone is equally important and welcome. Their kitchen can best be described as AmericanMediterranean, with a wide variety to choose from. There’s a large canalside terrace next to the bridge that opens 5 times an hour. That, and Bar Spek’s character ensure a true Amsterdam experience. www.barspek.nl

6 Waterkant

The place was inspired by a wonderful piece of Paramaribo on the Suriname River. Just like there, The Waterkant is located in the centre of town. This is ultimate place to relax, meet and enjoy. Waterkant is merely about enthusiasm, good food and good people. The menu is all typical Surinamese, ‘Parbo beer’, ‘Saoto soup’ and ‘Roti’ together with the specialities of Waterkant. www.waterkantamsterdam.nl






7 Vinnies

Vinnies is an intimate and relaxed place, with a living room-like atmosphere, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and a good cup of coffee. They have a surprise breakfast and lunch menu where they work with high quality (local, fair trade and sustainable) products and ingredients. Vinnies prides itself on good products, good service, care and attention to detail. Besides the two delis, Vinnies also offers fresh lunch catering, ideal for meetings, photoshoots and other events. www.vinnieshomepage.com

8 Arles

Restaurant Arles has four beautiful spaces: the salon, the cave, the serre and, when the weather allows, a beautiful patio. Each area has its own character and intimacy. Your host is someone no less than Xander Waller (Amsterdam; 1989), well-known in Amsterdam’s restaurant scene. Arles has a warm and modern ambiance, created by its attractive collection of art and photography inspired by the city of Arles. www.arles-amsterdam.nl

9 In de Buurt

Walking along the Lijnbaansgracht, one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals, you’ll find ‘In de Buurt’ at number 246. This little treasure is just around the corner from the busy Leidseplein. It is a unique funky bistro with a relaxed atmosphere. www.indebuurt-amsterdam.nl

10 Café De Blaffende Vis

Time after time, Café De Blaffende Vis has proved to be a favourite in the Jordaan. De Blaffende Vis is very ‘Gezellig’! The crowd is varied, a mix of locals and tourists throughout the day, making the café one of the busiest in Amsterdam. De Blaffende Vis serves breakfast, lunch, homemade dinner and has an extensive beer menu, both local and international. Don’t forget to try the typical delicious Dutch snacks! Facebook: @DeBlaffendeVis

11 De Kraai

Would you like to enjoy pancakes with a diameter of at least 29 centimetres? Then you are more than welcome to visit Restaurant De Kraai for pancakes and more! Take a seat in the lovely restaurant with typical Zaanse Smuiger, or enjoy our terrace with a view on the Zaanse Schans. You can also organise a barbeque, wedding, reception or party at De Kraai. De Kraai is more than worth the half-hour trip from the centre of Amsterdam. www.dekraai.nl

12 Renato’s

Renato’s has 3 Italian restaurants in Amsterdam. Renato’s Osteria, Renato’s Pizzeria and a combination of both concepts in Renato’s Foodhallen. In all three restaurants, Renato’s serves Italian food, with fresh ingredients imported directly from Italy. The atmosphere is cosy and warm; everyone feels immediately at home in Renato’s. You can find reservation options, the menu and more information on their websites. www.renatospizzeria.nl

13 Elsa’s Cafe

Elsa’s Cafe is located on the Middenweg in Amsterdam, you can enjoy lunch dinner or just a cup of coffee on their sunlit terrace. Elsa’s cafe also casts sport events on two big screens and they frequently organise theme evenings with live music. Tuesday evening is ‘The’ Jazz-evening. www.elsascafe.nl

14 Maxwell Café

Maxwell Café, a lively café of Amsterdam-East. Located at the Beukenplein, Maxwell’s Cafe specialise on coffees, drinks and of course delicious food all day. Their big terrace overlooks the bustling Beukenplein, near the Onze Lieve Vrouwen Gasthuis, around the corner from Oosterpark. A Pub Quiz every Monday evening! www.maxwellcafe.nl

15 De Biertuin

The Biertuin is situated at a beautiful location in the east of Amsterdam, in front of the Oosterpark. Tram 9 stops outside of the door. In the evening they serve 10 classic including their own specialities. At this bier garden, when the night falls, the celebration starts. www.debiertuin.nl

16 Smokin’ Barrels

‘Burgers - Ribs - Meat - Lobster - BBQ - Beers - Cocktails. Warm and cosy atmosphere, people laughing and enjoying their meal. Smokin’ Barrels makes you feel like home without any nonsense and the fully roofed terrace makes the package complete. www.smokinbarrels.nl

17 Bar Bukowski

Bar Bukowski is a trendy place in the eastern part of Amsterdam. The bar has two areas, the Bar Bukowski where you can also eat and then the Henry’s bar that is specialised in cocktails. The bar is named after the writer Charles Bukowski and it is breathing Charles’s love for drinks, women and literature. As Bukowski said, ‘There is always a reason to drink!’ www.dekraai.nl

18 Café Kuijper

Café Kuijper is named after the architect of the building at Linnaeusstraat 79. It is an old butcher’s shop that turned into a very nice pub. Delicious lunches and late breakfasts. Small bites accompanied with plenty of drink choices; beer from the tap or a bottle, and a wide selection of cocktails and gin & tonics. Football lovers - This bar shows Ajax-matches so as some top international matches. www.cafekuijper.nl

19 Bar Basquiat

Bar Basquiat is inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat who was a NeoExpressionist painter in the 1980’s. He is best known for his primitive style and collaboration with pop-artist Andy Warhol. At Bar Basquiat they don’t serve dinner but they are all about socialising, delicious snacks and drinks. www.barbasquiat.nl

20 Eddy Spaghetti

THE Italian Hotspot at the Krugerplein in the East of Amsterdam. Eddy Spaghetti is a cosy Italian café serving pastas and bruschetta’s. Apart from good food, their Gin Tonics and Prosecco are a must to try! www.eddyspaghetti.nl

21 Louie Louie

Big windows, design items, their own ‘Louie Louie’-beer. This place is a must if you are thirsty. Pitchers, Coñjo, Sangria Classic or Sangria Blanca, cocktails and many more. Besides that, you can endeavour a cup of coffee, easy lunch or bites at Louie Louie’s. www.louielouie.nl

22 Bar Botanique

Bar Botanique & Cafe Tropique is a warm and cosy place at the Eerst van Swindenstraat. As the name implies, you can find beautiful plants all over the place, making this bar a place the perfect place to relax. They are open all day, serving French cuisine from breakfast to dinner. Also during the evening this place is full of energy and good vibes. Are you more a take-away person? Don’t worry, their delicious pizzas are put in a box with love. www.barbotanique.nl

23 Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen

Located at the ‘Hugo de Grootplein’ - Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen turned the square into a hotspot that everyone in Amsterdam wants to go. This neighbourhood pub has the experienced cocktail shakers who know what they are shaking, blending and stirring. That and French cuisine, with a modern touch. At Hugo’s, it’s all about sharing. Funky dishes, late night snacks and draft cocktails. Facebook: @Hugosbarandkitchen

24 RIJKSÂŽ restaurant and Joris Bijdendijk

RIJKS is a restaurant in the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands and influences from other countries. At restaurant RIJKS the Executive Chef Joris Bijdendijk together with the team translates this to the cuisine and brings it to your plate. RIJKS is rewarded as a Michelin Star restaurant. www.rijksrestaurant.nl

Restaurants at our Amsterdam Campus Be delighted at the heart of hospitality, If you want to experience true service, come and visit one of our own restaurants. Our Hotelschool students need practical experience to fully develop their hands-on approach and management skills. In addition to the two external international internships, they gain this experience at our own hospitality facilities.

At both campuses, we offer different restaurant concepts and a hotel where you are welcome to experience our passion for hospitality. At all our facilities, first-year hotel management students perform the basic skills, while the second/third year students fulfil the role of leader and actually manage the facility, under the supervision of one of the school’s professional instructors.

Whether you feel like a nice croissant and a cafe latte in the morning, a students’ sandwich of the day, a bite or a cocktail with a snack in the late afternoon, Les Saveurs is the place to be. Especially if you’re in a hurry, pop into Les Saveurs for a quick bite from the broad and healthy to-go range. With occasional live piano music, Les Saveurs is a unique and cosy place to be.The modern layout, counter service, furniture and the menu: everything here makes you feel like you’re in a coffee corner hotspot. We work with the best quality products, if possible organic, and according to a green manifesto. This means we make as much use of local products as possible, for example the sausages from Brandt and Levie. Did you know that we bake our own bread and sell our own ‘roof top’ honey?

Welcome to our fine dining restaurant Le Début in Amsterdam! Our hotel management students are here to give you a unique hospitality experience. While enjoying organic and locally produced dishes, you are served by Hotelschool The Hague’s international students. The kitchen is also run by hotelschool students, creating everchanging seasonal dishes under the guidance of our instructors. You can either choose a seasonal menu, or select tempting dishes from our à la carte menu. Of course, these special dishes are accompanied by our specially selected delicious wines.

You can book a table at reception, via our website or couverts.nl

Tips by locals A’DAM Toren

A tall, 22-storey tower just behind Amsterdam’s Central Station. In A’DAM you can do everything: visit the observation deck for a 360-degree view and see the whole of Amsterdam, take a swing in the world’s biggest swing at A’DAM Lookout, or have cocktails in the sky bar on the top floor of the tower.

A’DAM Lookout

An observation deck with a panoramic view of Amsterdam. See the historic centre, unique Dutch landscape, or spot your own house. You can also take a swing on Europe’s biggest

swing. A’DAM Toren has everything. Sky bar, restaurant, penthouse, hotel, work spaces, nightclub, and even a music school.

Ons Lieve Heer op Solder

This is a 17th century house with a secret Catholic church in the attic. The building is now a museum, where you can visit the original canal-side house and the hidden church. Attic churches come from the time when the Dutch allowed religions other than Protestantism to be practiced, but they had to do so in secret. Amsterdam had more than 30 hidden churches between 1578 and 1853. Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38

The Hague

The Hague Facts of The Hague Attractions Royal City by the Sea Shopping Eat & Drink Tips from locals

Facts of The Hague The Hague (Den Haag) is the capital of the province of South Holland and with a population over 500,000; it’s the third largest city in The Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. What do you know about The Hague? •

As official seat of the Dutch government, The Hague is home to 107 embassies and consulates, as well as to 113 international organisations.

The Hague is the official “International City of Peace and Justice.”

The Dutch Royal Family is based in The Hague, working from the Paleis Noordeinde and residing at Paleis Huis ten Bosch.

The official name for The Hague is ‘s-Gravenhage. Since The Hague does not have charter and was never awarded city rights, it is still known today as ‘the largest village of Europe’.

Attractions Peace Palace

The International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration are based in this building. The building ensures that The Hague is rightly recognised as the city of Peace and Justice. The Eternal Peace Flame burns next to the entrance. The Visitors Centre has an impressive exhibition on war and peace. Carnegieplein 2

Palace Noordeinde

The King’s working palace. The palace is not open to the public, but behind the building, you can find the palace gardens, a peaceful and green park open to visitors. Noordeinde 68


Home to many of our national treasures; more than 800 works of art reveal the history of the building and its inhabitants. Plein 29


This is the political heart of The Netherlands. Binnenhof means Inner Court, and in these buildings the most important events of Dutch history have taken place. It’s now where the future is being decided. Binnenhof 8A

Attractions Madurodam

Miniature theme park Madurodam in The Hague is a great place to discover what makes Holland so unique. www.madurodam.nl

Panorama Mesdag

A 360º illusion of Scheveningen painted in 1881. Look around and see the magical, optical illusion. www.panorama-mesdag.nl

Escher Museum

The museum houses a collection by The Netherlands’ most famous graphic artist, M. C. Escher. His illusory scenes are on display in this museum. www.escherinhetpaleis.nl

Gemeente museum

Home to centuries of The Hague under one roof. www.gemeentemuseum.nl

Several companies in The Hague offer boat tours, which is a great way to see The Hague from a different perspective. Professional tour guides make sure that you find out all about the city’s amazing history, while you tour the canals.

The Royal City

The Hague’s city centre is very compact. No matter from which end you start, you will see most of the attractions on your way to the other side. Start at the Grote Kerk (Rond de Grote Kerk 12). The church is a magnet for visitors who also enjoy the restaurants, pubs and shops in the surrounding area. In May, visit the beer festival, held in the church itself. www. grotekerkdenhaag.nl Visit the Grote Markt (‘Great Market’) which, used to be a market square, but is now the heart of the city, where everyone comes together from noon till dawn.

A statue of an iconic comic book figure ‘Haagse Harry’ can be found right next to the Grote Markt. Visit Chinatown, located “behind” the Grote Marktstraat. Chinatown has many different authentic Asian restaurants and supermarkets, as well as many typical Dutch pubs and restaurants. All these can be found next to the canal that runs along Chinatown. The Binnenhof and the Lange Voorhout The Binnenhof (Inner Court) is a complex of buildings in the city centre, home to the Dutch parliament. The Binnenhof is the oldest House of Parliament that is still in use.

The Lange Voorhout is an L-shaped street, where you can find embassies, the famous Escher Museum, the smallest house in The Hague (Lange voorhout 80) and much more. Finally, end your journey at Het Plein. The Plein has a mixed atmosphere of history and metropolis; it’s another great place to enjoy The Hague’s nightlife. Since the Plein is right next to the Binnenhof, the political heart of The Netherlands, you might even find yourself drinking a beer standing next to one of our politicians!

By the Sea

Kijkduin beach welcomes visitors to try out their beach restaurants, cafeterias and clubs. For the sport-minded, Kijkduin offers kitesurfing, surfing, swimming as well as cycling and running routes through the dunes.

Scheveningen is not only one of the eight districts of The Hague, but also a major resort for millions of visitors. It’s renowned for its long and sandy beach, with an esplanade full of shops, restaurants, and clubs. And of course, as a resort, it’s full of hotels.

Westduinpark is between Scheveningen and Kijkduin and it’s one of the largest nature reserves in The Hague. There you can find bunker ruins from World War II, or Scottish Highland cows roaming freely.

Hotelschool The Hague Campus The Hague and the Skotel are both located in Scheveningen. Scheveningen beach offers water activities, a movie theatre, the Sea Life museum and “The Pier”.

Europe´s First Ferris Wheel over Sea opened on the Pier in Scheveningen in 2016.

When visiting The Hague, visit the harbour area and eat at Simonis - the best fish shop and restaurant in The Netherlands! Check their locations via www.simonisvis.nl


Fashion The Hague’s city centre is a great place for shopping. The Spui and Grote Marktstraat have most of the world’s leading brands and chain shops, but you’ll also find many small boutiques around the Grote Kerk area, with its attractive streets with many restaurants and bars. For more exclusive brands, visit Hoogstraat, Molenstraat or Noordeinde.

Art & Design Noordeinde: This unique district is where you’ll find the Royal Palace. It’s also home to renowned art galleries, and exclusive antiques and jewellery shops, offering contemporary design as well as classical masters.

Galerie Maurits van de Laar (Herderstraat 6): Gallery showcasing extraordinary, experimental, and alternative styles. This gallery regularly organises exhibitions of figurative paintings and special artist installations.

Neeltje Twiss (Denneweg 10): This beautiful building houses a rich collection of modern art, antiques and decorative objectives, in several price classes.

Chiefs en Spirits (Prinsestraat 49): This specialist art gallery focuses on art from around the world. A must for those into African paintings and sculptures.

Livingstone Gallery (Anna Paulownastraat 7a-b): A contemporary art gallery that gives young talent the opportunity to exhibit their work. Here you’ll find paintings, sculptures and drawings of international allure.

The Hague Market

The Hague Market is the largest outdoor market in Europe. The ‘Haagse Markt’ is located on the Herman Coster street, and is open from 8.45 till 17.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Hague Market offers a great variety of fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish, bakery products, clothes & shoes and lots more. Approximately 25,000 people visit the market each market day. Public transport: You can get to ‘het Hobbemaplein’ by tram 6, 11 & 12 and bus 25, or ‘de Hoefkade’ tram 11, 12 and bus 127 & 130.

Eat & Drink

The Hague Hotelschool The Hague is proud of its Alumni and the role they play as Ambassadors of Hotelschool The Hague. In this chapter,we proudly present our Alumni restaurants in The Hague.





1 Boosty

At Boosty it is not just about serving “fresh food”. Boosty promises to energise you with thoughtful ingredients and a positive service! Go to Boosty for salads, sandwiches, fresh juices and much more. Shop locations and more information: www.boosty.nl

2 Caroni Ristorante

Restaurant Caroni is a family owned restaurant in the centre of The Hague. It’s the place for a cosy and intimate evening out. The menu is mostly traditional Italian and the atmosphere is decidedly Tuscan. Self-imported wines, a passion for the traditional Italian kitchen, and the Caron family, the three essential ingredients for an amazing experience at Restaurant Caroni. www.caroni.nl

3 Ivory Gastrobar

Ivory is the place to take your friends to enjoy some great food. Without burning a big hole in your wallet, they offer new and exciting dishes. Ivory simply flourishes in offering a good night out to their crowd, young or old, it doesn’t matter. People will feel at home, as they will enjoy good music, food and drinks at a classic atmosphere. www.ivorydenhaag.nl

4 Happy Tosti

Happy Tosti is a lunch restaurant with a difference. In the restaurant, our staff serve the tastiest tostis, paninis, soups and salads, yet 50% of staff have some form of labour-disability. For the uninformed, a ‘tosti’ is the famous Dutch grilled sandwich: 2 slices of delicious bread filled with ingredients of your choice, before being popped into the toaster! Happy Tosti has a great, happy atmosphere with hanging chairs, bright colours, fake grass and an art exhibition with works by artists with Down’s syndrome. Go and enjoy. www.happytosti.nl





5 Restaurant De Burcht

Located in the “Bomen-, Bloemen- en Vruchtenbuurt”, the cafe restaurant de Burcht offers a cosy ambiance, hospitable staff and quality food. They offer high quality food and tend to surprise their guests with their redesigned menu every 3 months. During the cold winter days, their bar is the place to relax and socialise. De Burcht has a heated terrace for those who prefer to stay out even if the sun doesn’t show up. For meetings, party or workshops, De Burcht feature a separate area with its own bar. www.restaurantdeburcht.nl

6 Jessie’s Cuisine

Jessie´s Cuisine is a private dining concept that offers speciality catering and events like walking dinners, catering, events and wine tasting, mostly focusing on private dinners. Jessie is a foodie with a passion for culinary cooking, wine and bringing her cuisine to your living room, work or wherever you desire. Jessie´s blog and website can be found at www.jessiescuisine.com

7 Eetcafé De Parodie

The place to be for a good night out, endeavouring food and drink for reasonable prices. In the reviews, people keep on writing how it exceeded their expectations as it is a diner but has the service and food quality of a restaurant. With warm atmosphere and their staff thriving for the best service possible, this place is definitely worth a visit. www.deparodie.nl

8 Restaurant Mero

At the beginning of the first port of Scheveningen, you will find the fish restaurant of The Hague. Skilled staff with great knowledge on its dishes and accompanying wines together with head Chef Wesley Pronk who prepares you the most delicious dishes and bites. www.merovis.nl

9 Bar De Pier

Bar de Pier is on the famous Scheveningen pier. Bar de Pier is relaxed, easy-going bar. Bar de Pier is one of the many bars on the pier and all of these bars have own identity which makes every bar unique. Facebook: @Bardepier

Restaurants at our The Hague Campus Be delighted at the heart of hospitality, If you want to experience true service, come and visit one of our own restaurants. Our Hotelschool students need practical experience to fully develop their hands-on approach and management skills. In addition to the two external international internships, they gain this experience at our own hospitality facilities.

At both campuses, we offer different restaurant concepts and a hotel where you are welcome to experience our passion for hospitality. At all our facilities, first-year hotel management students perform the basic skills, while the second/third year students fulfil the role of leader and actually manage the facility, under the supervision of one of the school’s professional instructors.

Enjoy either lunch or dinner in Brasserie Zinq at Hotelschool The Hague. Enjoy a freshly made salad or an organic beef burger for lunch. A delicious 3-course lunch is also an option. Before dinner, enjoy a drink at our bar accompanied by speciality snacks. For dinner you can choose from a menu inspired by the seasons.

You can book a table at reception, via our website or couverts.nl

Welcome to our fine-dining restaurant, Le Début The Hague! Our hotel management students are here to give you a unique hospitality experience. While enjoying organic and locally produced food, you are served by Hotelschool The Hague’s international students. The kitchen is also run by hotelschool students, providing everchanging seasonal dishes under the guidance of our instructors. You can either choose a seasonal menu, or select tempting dishes from our à la carte menu. Of course, these special dishes are accompanied by delicious and specially selected wines.

Tips by locals Prins Hendrikstraat & Piet Heinstraat

These streets are cluttered with small cafeterias, exotic restaurants, vintage, second-hand shops and small boutiques.

The Penthouse

At the Rijswijkseplein 786, right next to the Holland Spoor train station, is one of the tallest buildings in the Hague. The Penthouse is a restaurant and a sky bar, where anyone can enter for the price of 8 Euro (open 12:00-20:00) without a reservation. The entrance ticket includes a free drink.

Van Kleef

Lange Beestenmarkt 109 Van Kleef, the last of The Hague’s jenever (Dutch gin) and liqueur distilleries, established in 1842. www.vankleef.eu

Parks & courtyards

Explore The Palace Gardens at Prinsessewal. The Hague has more than 155 courtyards from the 19th century: visit the Hof Van Wouw, Hof van Nieuwkoop and the Rusthofje.

Alumni in The Netherlands 1 Huis Vermeer (Deventer)

Deventer, the oldest city in The Netherlands. In the city centre of Deventer you can find the Grand Boutique Hotel - “Huis Vermeer” features 11 tastefully decorated rooms and excellent restaurant. The hotel is located in the former house of the well-known banker Vermeer, who built the historic house in 1880. In 1895 the left side of the house was extended with banker Vermeer’s house chapel which is now the reception of the Hotel Vermeer. www.hotelhuisvermeer.nl

2 De Zwarte Boer (Ermelo)

Located in the woods of estate Leuvenum (Ermelo) you will find a historic farmhouse dated 1600! After an extensive renovation, 2008 Boutique Hotel Restaurant “De Zwarte Boer”. The hotel offers six luxurious rooms, all within their own identity. In the oldest part of the hotel, there is a bistro called “De Gelagkamer” where besides food you can enjoy the crackling fire in the fireplace. Fine Dining Restaurant ‘De Zwarte Boer’ with only eleven tables is a perfect place to dine refined. www.dezwarteboer.nl

3 Boshuis Drie (Ermelo)

Right in the oldest forests of The Netherlands, you can find the beautiful “Boshuis Drie” in an historic Veluwe farm from 1765. With good weather they more than welcome you to visit their stunning terrace and not to worry, when there is bad weather, the cosy fireplace is awaiting for you inside. Whether you are looking for a lunch, dinner or just a drink, this farm offers it all. But this not everything yet; their farm boasts the so called “Hunting Room”, is perfect for small meetings. Moreover, the farm is able to host parties and wedding at a fairy-tale location in the middle of the forests. www.boshuisdrie.nl

4 De Buurtjes (Ermelo)

Restaurant “De Buurtjes” is the restaurant of Boshuis Drie. The restaurant is in renovated and glory coach house. While renovating, they did they utmost best to preserve the coach house’ authentic details. The ancient beams, the thatched, canopy, the antique crystal chandeliers and 80-year-old bar will let you forget about the present. This unique venue for private parties such as during weddings, parties and meetings ideal. Due to the partially covered and heated terrace, you can combine the inside of the coach house with the fresh country air. www.boshuisdrie.nl/de-buurtjes






Dutch survival guide Dutch is a Germanic language, mainly spoken in the Netherlands and Belgium. There are some Dutch speaking communities in northern France around Dunkirk, and Dutch is also spoken in Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname and in Indonesia. The Dutch language has many dialects and sounds quite different in Friesland than in South Holland.


To get started Hello. Hoi. Good morning! Goedemorgen! Good afternoon! Goedemiddag! Good evening! Goedenavond! Goodbye Dag! Yes./No. Ja./Nee. Here you are! Alstublieft! Please? Alstublieft? Thank you. Dankuwel. No problem. Geen problem. Excuse me. Excuseer me.

“A word that encompasses the heart of Dutch Culture”

Useful sentences I don’t speak Dutch. I don’t understand. I speak English. Can we speak English?

Ik spreek geen Nederlands. Ik begrijp het niet. Ik spreek Engels. Kunnen we Engels praten?

Even though it is always polite to speak a few words of the local language, certainly most of the Dutch you run into will speak English. Research has shown that between 90 - 93% of the Dutch population claim to be able to converse in English. However, we’re not sure whether this high level of English can be explained by international trade, being a small country, our neighbours, or TV and film subtitling instead of dubbing.

Hotelschool The Hague ‘Travel Guide’ Copy & Design Riia Järvinen

Associate Editor Roger Staats


Giampiero Maietti, Paula Poikela, Solene Roussel, Alumni and BrandTheHague.nl

With special thanks to:

Barça, Snappers, Forno, Grizzl’s, Bar Spek, Waterkant, Vinnie’s, Arles, In de Buurt, Café De Blaffande Vis, De Kraai, Renato’s, Elsa’s Cafe, Maxwell Café, De Biertuin, Smokin’ Barrels, Bar Bukowski, Café Kuijper, Bar Basquiat, Eddy Spaghetti, Louie Louie, Bar Botanique, Hugo’s Bar & Kitchen, RIJKS, Boosty, Happy Tosti, Caroni, Ivory, Restaurant De Burcht, Jessie’s Cuisine, Eetcafé De Parodie, Bar de Pier and Restaurant Mero Liza van Kuik, Kawsar Dashti Strategic Marketing & Communication department: Vivian van der Wielen, Sylvia van der Tuin, Nikolett Nyúl and Miriam Sperling

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