Historical Sites to Visit in The Hague


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The Hague
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A graduate of Northwestern University with a master’s in English literature, John Heintz of Chicago also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a JD from the John Marshall School of Law. He went on to serve as legal officer and assistant superintendent for operations at Niles Township High School District 219 before becoming an international education and law consultant. As part of his post-graduate studies, John Heintz participated in the Advanced LLM in Public International Law program at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, a country which offers a number of beautiful and historic cities to see, including The Hague.

Located on the North Sea Coast, the Hague is home to the International Court of Justice, but it offers much more to do and see. The following are just a few of the numerous historical sites to visit in The Hague:

The Ooievaart

As The Hague is a canal city where boats used to unload merchandise at local markets, the city features canals where visitors can take a tour aboard the Ooievaart to get a unique view of the town’s architecture and history. During the 90-minute tour, visitors can learn about such sites as the Malieveld and the Palace Gardens.

The Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk

Constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries, The Grote of Sint-Jacobskert, also known as St. James Church, is a classic Gothic structure that features a six-sided tower with bells, historical works of art, and ornate stained-glass windows. Although the church occasionally hosts Protestant services, it is mostly used for special events, including concerts and banquets.

The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof (the Inner Court) is located in the oldest area of The Hague and dates back to 1250. Consisting of several buildings surrounding a central courtyard, the Binnenhof is now home to both chambers of Parliament as well as the North Wing, where the Dutch prime minister resides.


The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater pic
Ngorongoro Crater
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An experienced educator and administrator in the greater Chicago area, John Heintz recently held the role of assistant superintendent of operations and chief legal officer at Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie. John Heintz leverages his experience as an educator in Chicago to lead Second Rail Education, which guides educational institutions through sustainable transformations. Outside of work, Mr. Heinz enjoys traveling and has visited Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing 8,300 square kilometers. It is unique as an area where human beings and domestic and wild animals all peacefully coexist.

The area’s main crater is an unbroken, unflooded caldera that was formed when a volcano erupted and collapsed approximately 3 million years ago. The crater has a depth of 610 meters and a base area that covers 260 square kilometers. The original volcano is estimated to have been 4,500 to 5,800 meters high.

To learn more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and its numerous craters, visit www.ngorongorocrater.org/index.html.