The Hague (Den Haag) is the national seat of Government - situated in the Dutch province of South Holland. As the Hague is the seat of the government of the Kingdom of The Netherlands it has many official institutes and ministry buildings. The Hague is situated southwest of Amsterdam where I live, and is just 1 hour drive away by car in perfect traffic. If you choose my car, it seats 3 or 4 adults.
Among the many treasured museums in the city is the small Royal Collection of Paintings in the Mauritshuis. Relatively small in size, the museum is like a jewel box, and its holdings include important paintings by the Dutch masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals, Steen, Potter and many others. Near by is the inner court of the Counts of Holland, now the Houses of Parliament. A little further is the tree-lined lane with the stately Embassies.
The Hague is also known for its vast municipal Gemeentemuseum, whose geometric-inspired yellow brick architecture is a masterwork by Dutch architect Berlage. It houses the worldís best collection of the works of painter Piet Mondriaan. Various historical collections include fashion halls and an extremely fine 17th century dollsí house. The varied collection includes pottery, design, paintings.
On the way back we may drive past the International Court of Justice, a building founded to promote peaceful solutions to international conflicts. Hugo Grotius, an author from 17th c. Delft was one of the first men to come up with the idea that states should make peace, not war. Het wrote the treatise on International Law at Sea.
As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Utrecht for a personalized guided tour of art museums and the historic center. Together we will experience the beauty and history . Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch many bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues.
Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessable informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited). Drs. Kaldenbach is chairman of the Circle of Academic Tour Guides of the Netherlands and Flanders (CATON). You may also arrange this VIP treatment for business contacts or friends. Our cultural tour organisation office will take care of a unique and memorable experience.
Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Den Haag artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Den Haag, on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.
Normally starting from Amsterdam by car or train (train: extra ticket cost). Time spent in the city about 2 to 3 hours, more hours extra cost. If not by car then bike hire or bus/tram (extra cost) Contact me for information on larger groups with other venues and more people.
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