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This is a virtual walk through the city of the Hague, based on the Hague Peace Trail, developed by the International Network of Museums for Peace as part of the project ‘Discover Peace in Europe’.

It includes images, poetry, quotes and information about the peace and nature highlights that this city holds, brought to you by the Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute.

The sites of the original Hague Peace Trail are indicated by the blue and pink wings and link to historical background information for further reading.

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Apart from the building, no trace is left of the former Oranje-Nassau Hypotheekbank. The life of its managing director Johan Gerard Daniel Wateler (1857-1927) remains a mystery, except for the fact that he founded the second oldest continuous peace prize after Alfred Nobel.

and the Oranje-Nassau Hypotheekbank

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Des Deux-Villes

A name shield on the façade of cinema Pathé still refers to the prestigious hotel Des Deux-Villes. The restaurant wing was built in 1904 for hosting the festive diners of the Second Hague Peace Conference in 1907 and the expected future conferences. In the central Art Nouveau hall, the Bremen-based shipping company Norddeutsche Lloyd sponsored a fully equipped press centre.

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Hugo Grotius

Mare Liberum
(Freedom of the Sea, 1609)


In and around the parliament buildings, we find milestones of the traditions that mark The Hague as the City of Peace and Justice. These are connected with the work of the 17th century lawyer Hugo Grotius and, not to forget, the action of his wife Maria Reigersberg.

Inner Court

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Song of the pond

where lettermen underscore
towers of right, fingers walk
a questionmark in the pond
I'll sail into the light

they touch the island in a song
about my wealthy circles
of a circlet polished
in a jump of hard talk

where ladies of the Hague enter
tain, paintbrushes wavering
agreements in the dark and

a leaf of light falls into the pond

(c) Hanneke Eggels

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Diligentia Theatre

During the First Hague Peace Conference, this theatre was packed with an audience attending the lectures of the Polish 'King of the Railroads' Jan Bloch, illuminated with facts and figures about the devastating consequences of the next war.

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Palace Garden

This romantic park with flowerbeds, fountains, hedgerows and ponds lies directly behind Noordeinde Palace.

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The Hague counts 12 out of 21 bat-species, more than other cities because of the very old oak and beech trees that surround the many estates of the city, like this one planted in 1920 in a garden of Noordeinde 164.

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Central Monument for fallen PTT-ers

for the fallen employees of the Dutch Post Office, Telegraphs and Telephony Company. The standing male figure is the personification of resurrection. The reclining female and male figure at the bottom symbolize the victims of war.

on to the nassauplein

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Inscription on the Central monument for fallen PTT-ers

originally called 'premanent day of liberation'


Commemorating the liberation of the Hague during WWII. A framework with symbolic freedom-loving birds in a flight upwards.

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on to the other side stands

The Guardian Monument

A monument to commemorate the end of Dutch conscription. With the monument, artist Shinkichi Tajiri wants to express the apparent contradiction between 'surrendering your freedom' and 'serving and protecting freedom'.

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next stop is the

Peace Palace

opened in 1913. It can be considered a global cross-roads of memories of peace and justice. It houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the United Nations International Court of Justice and The Hague Academy of International Law.

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At the entrance stands the

Peace Wish Tree

this connector between the cities of the Discover Peace Project got a permanent place here at the opening of the project in 2014. It is also part of an ongoing art installation around the world by Yoko Ono, inspired by Wish Trees in Japanese Shinto temples. Visitors are invited to add a wish to the tree.

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It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men"

Christmas Bells

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Peace Palace Carillon

The carillon of 48 bells in the high tower of the Peace Palace was donated between 1986 and the Centenary in 2013, by various sponsors. Carillonneurs of the Peace Palace, the belfry of Ypres and the Universities of Leuven, and Toronto initiated the War Memorial and Peace Carillons network.

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Around the palace itself lies the

Peace Palace Garden

Designer Thomas Mawson expressed the peace thought in his choice of botanical elements: no sharp thorns, only trees and shrubs with small leaves were used. For the big pond a natural water course from the dunes was adapted. Water, just like peace, is one of the first conditions of life. The roses in the abundant rosarium symbolize love.

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Fan of freedom

free spirits lingering
in a scarlet red world
your independence
an intimate alley to

Erasmus' rose-beds
awaiting a fountain
of blue enlightenment

fan of forign freedom

king's maecenas gives
wings to a trophy
of justice, maps
a spectacular amphora

as your judges
blissfully rush through
marble corridors of
the temple of peace

magistrates stitch a story
swing in signatures
Carnegie's million
in libraries full of libertine



free spirits lingering
in a scarlet red world
your independence
an intimate alley to

Erasmus' rose-beds
awaiting a fountain
of blue enlightenment

fan of foreign freedom

Hanneke Eggels (2013)

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In this garden we find the
made by Hildo Krop

Erasmus Statue

unveiled in 1936 as a symbol of moral resistance against new threads of war and extreme injustice.

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Sweet is war for those who lack the experience

The humanist scholar Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam used this expression in his condemnations of war in 16th Century Europe. The well-known Dutch sculptor Hildo Krop put these words on the pedestal of his Erasmus statue in the garden of the Peace Palace.

Also stands in this garden

Commemorative Olive Tree

a gift from Australian and New Zealand members of the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom with support by the Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute and the Carnegie Foundation, the tree was planted on 12th June 2015 in commemoration of both the centenary of WILPF and the Australians and New Zealanders supporting the allied forces in the First World War.

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In front of the palace lies the

World Peace Flame Pathway

Embassies and foreign ministries from every country and region of the world contributed stones indigenous and of significance to their nations. The stones represent their nation’s yearning for, and commitment to, peace.

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with a view of the Peace Palace Garden

Law not War Bench

A present from Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor of the Nazi crimes to the city of The Hague, lawyer and activist, heavily involved in the lobbying efforts to create a permanent international criminal court.

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All images used in this part of the Peace and Nature Highlights were either made by R. Verhoeff, used with permission by the creator.

Bats/oak tree 1920 - © by Ruud Steggerda

All images edited with grainy film B03 in Snapseed.

The texts on the website of the INMP Peace Trail are written by Marten van Harten, photos by Nike Liscaljet.

All poetry included is used with permission of the author or from the public domain.

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