Reviews The Hague – Hidden History
– Is the location relevant for the chosen theme? Give a short explanation.
The theme being history we think it is, The Hague has a long and interesting history. Interesting to involve Scheveningen like this, did not know the history of it. Maybe try to find more connections between The Hague and Scheveningen as they were a bit separated in the tour. Could also be done by putting a text like the intro between the text of The Hague and Scheveningen for people to read in the tram.
– Is the theme implicit or visible along the tour? Give at least two examples.
Yes, we saw a lot of old buildings including the ‘binnenhof’. Also, some statues of previous members of the royal family. In Scheveningen the Kurhaus looked really interesting but we missed info on this, would add this in in the tour, not as introduction.
– Were the tour-elements well-chosen? Which elements did you like and which element did you like less?
I think the beach was the most relaxing part of the tour, because of the busy streets in the centre, a bit of quiet beach was nice. We did not visit the Watertower as we actually couldn’t see it from far away and thus had no clue where to go. (It also stated that you would tell us something about it when there, think that should be corrected 😉 )
– Describe if the tour was well explained, did you get lost or didn’t you?
We got a bit lost a few times, but with the help of google maps we managed to regain our route. We also couldn’t find the watertower at Scheveningen. It would be helpful to have a map showing the route, we did not bring a compass (as most people wont) and then instructions like ‘North-East’ are not really helpful.
– What did you learn from the tour?
Nice historic facts, also we discovered that the tower of Mark Rutte is in fact very tiny. We do believe that the information could be elaborated on tho. So many nice historical buildings only got a really small introduction.
- Het Plein also had a huge statue, tell something about why its there, and what was the Plein used for before it became a nightlife centre, how do you still see this)
- Buitenhof: you will see a statue of … Yes we saw the statue but next to this no information was given, so we read what the sign said but would have been fun to have a little funfact or something (could be about statues in general, what does the position of the horse say?)
- Torentje can also be seen from in between Mauritshuis and Binnenhof, mention it there as well. And maybe also include Mauritshuis? Looked interesting but no clue if it has any history connected to it
- Grote Kerk and Grote Markt are both mentioned really briefly but it takes 10 minutes to get there. Such a short description makes it less attractive to go there as you would have to walk back as well.
- Beelden aan Zee was the other tram – see next question
- Tell something about the Boulevard, when was it designed, is it part of the tourist marketing of two centuries ago?
- For the Kurhaus and Gevers Deynootplein the same, tell people something that they wouldn’t know if they would not follow your tour. People see that there is a casino and hotel so only mentioning this without any reason why it connects to the topic doesn’t really add anything.
- Would be fun if there is a small fish-shop anywhere that you guys could promote when talking about fish. There is the huge one on the boulevard but it doesn’t really feel ‘historic’, maybe that’s where I am wrong, explain this then in your tour. (e.g. Fish-shop … was built back in …, over the years it has expanded due to the huge popularity the town has gained.)
– For the assigned tour: What can be improved?
Check the trams, tram 1 didn’t leave from the Hague central station, tram 9 is the one we took instead but this does not get to Beelden aan Zee. Tram 1 departures from the other station (Haagse Poort I believe?). Maybe there is some historical highlight between Grote Markt and Haagse Poort, also nice to not walk all the way back, feels more structured as there is no part ‘walking back to where you just came from’
We skipped the last part as we could not see the watertower and bunker, a map would have been helpful as we could then see if we maybe passed it already.
In conclusion- include a map with numbers or something so that people have a nice overview at the beginning of where to go to and wont have to use their phones to navigate. Or tell them explicitly to bring a compass (“as this is how people used to navigate back then”). The theme was really fitting and the route included some great point, just add in some more surprising/novel/fun/inspiring facts and it will be a great tour