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Holidays for a day?

Of course, many of us have made UB their living room since upcoming exams, deadlines and presentations don’t leave a lot of spare time. But, even though May at university isn’t that pretty, May in Holland is actually one of the most beautiful months…

…so, why not taking the train and driving fifteen minutes south-east to the Netherlands’ third largest city? Seat of the government, home of the Royal family as well as many international legal institutions, The Hague is definitely one of the places-to-see!


Flickr, Eelco de Jong ©

When exploring the picturesque city centre check out The Binnenhof, Paleis Noordeinde and the Mauritshuis. In case you would like to soak up even more of the international vibe, head to Noordeinde – a street full of bars and restaurants from different countries. For the shopaholics among us who have seen enough of Haarlemer Straat already, stores are open until at least 5 pm.


© Flickr, Hans Westerick

Ultimate holiday feeling needed? Catch a tram (1, 9, 11)  and visit The Hague’s beach – one of the most popular seaside resorts of the Netherlands: Scheveningen. No matter if you want to relax by the sea, walk along the boulevard or rent out a bike – the Kurhaus and the peer form the perfect setting with just enough kitsch.


© Flickr, Bert Kaufmann

Treat yourself with some tasty and affordable lunch at one of the countless beach cafés (personal recommendation: The Fat Mermaid) and even stay for a little longer: In the late afternoon, the beach parties begin – what about ending you week with cold drinks, chilled beats and good company? Check out the events of Whoosah Beachclub.

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