Den Haag (Zoetermeer)- Sample of Madurodam at Floriade
Every ten years, the Netherlands hosts a World Horticulture Fair from April to October called Floriade. The next one is in 2012. While attending the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (an annual event), we visited the Floriade site.
This photo shows a small sample of the miniature town of Madurodam which was on display at the Floriade event. Located in Den Haag proper, the real Madurodam was built in 1952 and was originally intended for children, although adults enjoy it too. It is essentially a microcosm of the Netherlands in 1:25-scale, complete with buildings, monuments and typical scenes from all around the country, including bulb fields, windmills, and farmhouses from the provinces. The miniature town was completely renovated during the 1990's.
Den Haag is also home to the Mauritshuis museum, where you can find two of Johannes Vermeer's works, namely the "View of Delft" (his hometown) and the "Girl with the Pearl Earring" both circa 1660.