Venue & Location
The World Forum is located in between the historical city center and Scheveningen, The Hague’s beach district. The Hague has been the governing center of the Netherlands since the 16th century, and is the seat of the Dutch national government as well as the residence of the Dutch royal family. Some 160 international institutions and organizations are based in The Hague, including the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and a number of International Tribunals. The Hague features a great number of historic buildings, charming palaces, squares and green parks. The city hosts some unique cultural highlights and museums such as a wonderful collection of Dutch and Flemish masters like Vermeer, Brueghel, Rubens and Rembrandt in the Mauritshuis, the M.C. Escher Museum in a former royal palace, and a wide range of spectacular buildings like the Binnenhof (which houses the Dutch government), the Vredespaleis (home to the UN International Court of Justice) and the Gemeentemuseum designed by the Dutch architect Berlage. The Hague is very close to the neighboring historic cities Amsterdam, Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam, further expanding the cultural opportunities. The official Dutch name for The Hague is ‘s-Gravenhage (“the Count’s Wood”), usually shortened to “Den Haag”.
Unpredictable is the word that best describes The Hague’s weather at all times of the year. The Hague enjoys a temperate climate. Southerly and westerly winds predominate, and the sea moderates the climate through onshore winds and the effect of the Gulf Stream. Temperatures are slightly higher here than in the rest of the country. Because of the constant sea wind, clouds dissolve rapidly and when rain does fall this is usually short lived. The months of July and August have a daytime average temperature of 20°-25°C.
The Hague is situated on the shores of the North Sea. Rotterdam-The Hague Airport and Schiphol International Airport (Amsterdam) offer speedy and easy access to The Hague Central Station. Connections to international trains to Germany, Belgium and France run through Utrecht and Rotterdam. The Hague itself boasts an excellent public transportation system. Over 30 bus and tramlines will take you quickly and safely to your destination in and around The Hague.