Scheveningen – seaside resort, a district of The Hague, with a very long, sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier (De Pier), a lighthouse, museums (The Muzee Museum, The miniature city Madurodam, sea museum Beelden aan Zee, The Panorama Mesdag) and a harbour.
The name of the resort comes from a word meaning “sandy shore bordered with sandbanks or dunes”.
Scheveningen is also a kitesurfing and surfing spot.
The Hague (Den Haag) – the third-largest city in the Netherlands (after Amsterdam and Rotterdam), the capital of the South Holland province, the seat of government of the Netherlands (the capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam). Home of some 200 international governmental organisations, among them: the International Court of Justice (of the United Nations)/
Die Haghe was first mentioned in 1242, two centuries later as
Des Graven hage (“The Count’s Wood”). ‘s Gravenhage is used till now in official documents.
The Hague webpage
Leiden, a key to discoveries
Leiden – a university city (since 1575), scientific centre with cultural heritage (e.g. Rembrandt, was born and educated here). Formed an artificial hill (today with the shell keep: the Burcht van Leiden) at the confluence of the rivers: Oude and Nieuwe Rijn (Old and New Rhine). The name of the city comes from Germanic and means “at the canals, a human-modified natural rivers”.
Leiden, “a key to discoveries”, hosts Leiden University (the oldest university of the Netherlands and one of the best universities in Europe, with thirteen Nobel Prize winners), Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden University of Applied Sciences.
Burcht van Leiden
Wall poem project