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Haagse Bos is an area and a forest in the centre of The Hague, Netherlands. It reaches from the Center of The Hague to the city of Wassenaar. It is also one of the oldest remaining forests of the Netherlands.

Originally the Haagse Bos was a section of a bigger forest that stretched from 's-Gravenzande to Alkmaar. This was called Die Hout (The Woods). The title eventually gave way to the name Houtland (which literally means "woods lands") and later became Holland. From this original forest only the Haagse Bos remains.

In the time of William II and Floris V the forest was considerably reduced to make space and provide wood for the growing fort and the village Die Haghe. The fort became the Binnenhof, where Dutch Parliament sits today, and Die Haghe became Den Haag. However, even in the middle ages there were strict rules in place to protect the Haagse Bos from becoming completely cut down, since the Bos was a popular hunting area for Dutch Counts.

In the Second World War the forest was used by the German Army as a launchingplace for their V-1 and V-2 rockets. An attempt by the Allies to destroy this facility led to the bombardment on the adjacent Bezuidenhout district.

Since 1899 the National Forest Administration of the Netherlands (the Staatsbosbeheer) has owned and administered the park. Despite its protected status, two major motorways cut through the forest: the A12 and the Laan van Nieuw Oost Indiλ

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