The Hague is situated in the South Holland province where is the capital, lying in the southwest corner of the bigger Randstad conurbation at the west of the country and is the center of the Haaglanden conurbation. The urban area of The Hague, combined with the urban area of Rotterdam, makes it the 206th bigger urban area in the world. The Hague is known as the city where the International Criminal Court, the Dutch parliament, government institutions and the council of state are based. It is not the capital of the Netherlands though. That title belongs to Amsterdam.
Rotterdam is situated in a strategic position at the Rhine – Meuse – Scheldt delta on the northeast and in the middle of a road, air, massive rail and an inland waterway distribution system that extends throughout Europe. This is the reason why Rotterdam is often called as “Gateway to Europe”. It is one of the largest ports of the world and the second largest city in Netherlands. Rotterdam is located in the west of Netherlands, in the province of South Holland and south of the Randstad.