Trains in Europe are an efficient way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international train routes in BeNeLux. Getting to the Hague by train is easy, and the Dutch city can be accessed from a number of directions, depending on where you are coming from. Visitors catching trains to the Hague from London should take the Eurostar to Brussels and then change to an Intercity service to the Hague. From there, it's a short train ride to the Hague (Den Haag in Dutch). From Germany, catch the Eurobahn to Venlo in Holland, and then switch to the Intercity straight to the Hague. If you are coming from Hook of Holland after taking the ferry, take the Regional Sprinter service to Scheidam and then change to a service to the Hague. From Brussels, travelers can take a direct Intercity to Den Haag HS Station. The Hague has two train stations, so all visitors should check which one their service arrives in. However, Den Haag HS and Centraal stations are only a few hundred meters apart, and both are centrally located.
The Hague is the political capital of the Netherlands, and is famous for being the home to the International Court of Justice, but it offers more than just courts and political debating chambers. For a start, art lovers will not want to miss the Mauritshuis museum, which is home to Vermeer's masterpiece "Girl With a Pearl Earring" and "the Goldfinch" by Carel Fabritius. The Gemeentemuseum hosts a wonderful collection of works by modernist Piet Mondrian, while the Escher Museum is the world's largest collection of works by M.C. Escher. If the sun is shining, visitors taking trains to the Hague can even relax besides the sea. The Royal resort of Scheveningen is a short bus ride away and remains one of the most elegant seaside towns in Europe.