17 Top Things You Must Do in The Hague: The Ultimate Den Hague Itinerary

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Step back in time at Binnenhof, explore the Peace Palace, bungee over the North Sea, stroll around Hofvijver, and dine 135 metres up. These are the top things to do in The Hague for the perfect weekend.

The Hague is easily one of the most beautiful and culturally rich cities I’ve ever visited. Full of monuments, historic districts and located just fifteen minutes from the beautiful North Sea coastline, The Hague deserves a spot on every traveller’s bucket list.

As the Netherland’s government city, The Hague is home to numerous embassies and mansions, boasts wonderfully green boulevards and parks, a refined culinary scene, and a great cafe culture. The Hague is known by its residents as ‘the Royal City by the Sea’.

Whilst there is SO much to do and see throughout the whole country of the Netherlands, I would recommend spending a solid few days experiencing the diverse city of The Hague for yourself.

The Hague is Den Haag, but it’s also ’s-Gravenhage

If you’re going to The Hague, then you should know that in Dutch it’s, called Den Haag, pronounced dehn hah with an aspirated final ‘h’. However, this is not its official name.

It’s a bit of a tongue twister, but The Hague is officially called ’s-Gravenhage (meaning ‘the Count’s Hedge/Terrain/Court’) or Den Haag literally “In The Hedge”.

A Brief History of The Hague

The Hague originated around 1230, when Count Floris IV of Holland purchased land alongside a pond, the present-day Hofvijver, in order to build a hunting residence.

In 1248, his son and successor William II, King of the Romans, decided to extend the residence to a palace, which would later be called the Binnenhof meaning ‘Inner Court’.

Den Haag is home to the royal family as well as the Dutch seat of government. Before Louis Bonaparte had his way in 1806, Den Haag was actually the capital. It wasn’t until eight years later, when the French had been ousted, that the government returned to Den Haag, but the title of capital remained with Amsterdam.

Den Haag is usually in the headlines because ever since the 20th century Den Haag has been home to several international legal entities, including the UN’s International Court of Justice, which regularly holds trials. This is also where foreign embassies in the Netherlands are based, giving the city a significant international community of expats.

Ready to learn more about what makes The Hague so special?

From where to eat, drink, shop and what historical sites, monuments and museums to visit, here is my complete guide to the top things to do in The Hague!

Map of The Hague Itinerary

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Where to Eat in The Hague

1. refuel at grand cafe walter benedict.

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On the quaint shopping strip of Denneweg, is Grand Cafe Walter Benedict . Even though the restaurant is situated in the exclusive area of The Hague, it is a spot that offers something for everyone. There is a cosy vibe and the employees are really friendly. Even though it was 2pm, I made the most of their all-day breakfast. Which I highly recommend. This places really captures the French atmosphere without being stuffy. Bon appétit!

2. Dine at The Penthouse

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It’s even at a higher altitude than the restaurant of the Eiffel tower. In addition to a luxury five-course dinner, there is always room for lunch, ‘highest’ tea or drinks. Don’t forget to go out onto the spectacular city balcony and enjoy the view.

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3. Have a feast at Encore by Simonis

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Located in the harbour of Scheveningen, I ate one of my favourite meals at Encore by Simonis . With an Asian cuisine influence, their speciality is serving daily fresh fish and meat.

As a vegetarian, I opted for their crispy vegetable tempura as a starter then the vegetable stir-fry as a main. Then came dessert, I mean just look at that mango-shaped ice-cream?! It tasted as good as it looked.

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4. Cocktails and Chill at Jamey Bennett

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Dine al fresco or cosy up inside on their Chesterfield sofa, Jamey Bennett is perfect anytime of day. Inspired by the British spy Mr. Bennett, this restaurant is cosy, modern, and boasts a great atmosphere.

Everything here is prepared to perfection. They even make their own granola! No detail is left untouched.

Visit the Best Museums in The Hague

5. escher in the palace (escher in het paleis).

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A personal favourite, the Escher Museum must be seen. Maurits Cornelis Escher was a Dutch artist, known for his genius at drawing impossible situations. Located in the beautiful former winter palace of Queen Emma of the Netherlands, this permanent collection has some of the M.C. Escher’s most famous illustrations.

The exhibition combines unique works of art with biographical material including photographs, letters, and preliminary sketches. Escher mainly worked with printing techniques such as woodcut, lithography, mezzotint and tessellation.

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6. Admire Masterpieces at Gemeentemuseum

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All over The Hague are dedications to the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Most famous for his blue, red, and yellow motifs with vertical and horizontal line, the Gemeentemuseum is well-known for it’s collection of Mondrian’s work

One of the most famous is his last and unfinished piece de resistance named “Victory Boogie Woogie” which was purchased for a cool 35 million euros.

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The permanent collection contains modern art, fashion, music, decorative arts, a print room with about 50,000 drawings, and prints and posters.

Head to the top the museum where each of the five large rooms each represents a different art period.

7. See the ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ at Mauritshuis

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You can’t visit The Hague without seeing Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. But she isn’t the only draw card to this impressive museum.

Mauritshuis showcases Dutch and Flemish paintings from 1400 to 1800, with works by painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Rubens, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Van Dyck and Adriaen Coorte.

Located in an elegant 17th-century residence other notable works include Rembrandt’s ‘Anatomy Lesson’, Vermeer’s ‘View of Delft’, Jacob van Ruisdael’s ‘View of Haarlem’ and Rogier van der Weyden’s ‘Lamentation’.

8. See the world’s largest circular painting at Panorama Mesdag

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If you love your art and seek a truly unique experience, head to Panorama Mesdag for the largest circular painting in the world.

I’ve never seen anything like it and no photo can do this place justice, you just have to see it for yourself. It’s incredible!

Housed in a specially made rotunda, Panorama Mesdag is a gigantic painting measuring 120 meters in length and 14 meters in height. HW Mesdag, and other artists of the Hague School painted this epic scene depicting the coastal town of Scheveningen as it was around 1880.

To bring the painting to life are real sand dunes, the sound of the waves lapping, and the smell of sea air wafting throughout the space. Don’t ask me how.  It feel s like you’ve stepped back in time.

9. Wander around the Netherlands’ most famous buildings at Madurodam

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The kid in me wanted so desperately to visit Madurodam, but alas I ran out of time. On display here is an 1:25 scale miniature of a fictional Dutch city and replicas of the Netherlands’ most famous buildings.

By visiting Madurodam you’ll also be doing a service to the community as the entirety of net proceeds from the park go towards various charities in the Netherlands.

Book your guided tour here 

Where to Relax and Have and Adventure in The Hague

10. relax at the beach in scheveningen.

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Perhaps the main tourist attraction in Scheveningen is the Kurhaus. This Art Nouveau style structure (now protected as a national monument) was built in 1885 and houses a first-rate hotel, an art gallery, elegant promenades, and the impressive Kurzaal, a huge glass domed.

things to do in the things to do in the hague scheveningen beach sculpture.

What to See in The Hague’s Historical Centre

11. explore the beautiful binnenhof complex.

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The centrepiece of The Hague is Binnenhof, meaning ‘Inner Court’. This beautiful complex of buildings in sits opposite the picturesque Hofvijver lake, meaning ‘Court Pond’. This is a wonderful place to sit back and watch the world go by.

Originally this 13th- century Gothic castle functioned as a residence for the counts of Holland, then in 1584 became the political centre of the Dutch Republic. Today, it houses both chambers of Parliament and is the oldest House of Parliament in the world still in use.

Located in the centre of Binnenhof in its large central courtyard is the exquisite Ridderzaal, or Knights’ Hall. This large Gothic hall is still used for state receptions and the opening of parliament each September. In the North Wing is the chamber and official residence of the Prime Minister.

12. See an official Dutch Residence at Palace Noordeinde

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As one of the three official palaces of the Dutch royal family, Noordeinde Palace is modest in size and location. Situated near a popular shopping mall, it has been a “working palace” for King Willem-Alexander since 2013.

Fo r a quiet oasis, visit its romantic gardens with flower beds, fountains, hedgerows and ponds lies . It’s from the Palace Gardens that the Palace is best enjoyed as it offers a great view of the Royal Stables.

On warm days, this is a great picnic spot.

13. Be blown away by the decor at The Peace Palace

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The Hague is the ‘International City of Peace and Justice’ and the cornerstone of this is the famous Peace Palace or Vredespaleis. This imposing brick building is an international law administrative building which houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library. Bit of a mouthful, hey?

Not only that but it has an equally impressive interior. This was another place I missed out on seeing properly. Doh! Going inside the Peace Palace is only available on weekends and as part of a guided tour which must be booked in advance. Alternatively, you can head to the Visitors Centre near the entrance. Just let me say that the rich interior décor of this Gothic and Neoclassical style building brings together the crème de la crème. Its marble comes from Italy , wood panelling from Brazil and the USA , and its ornamental iron railings from Germany .

Guided tours must be booked via their website. 

14. Stroll along Lange Voorhout

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Opposite Escher in Het Paleis are the lush tree-lined roads of Lange Voorhout. In the Middle Ages, the Lange Voorhout was bordered by several farms but by the 14th and 15th centuries houses were built in this area when the Counts of Holland modernised the governance of the county with new administrative divisions. This area soon became the neighborhood where courtiers and later statesmen came to live.

15. Step back in time at The Prison Gate Museum

On the north side of the Binnenhof stands the Prison Gate or Gevangenpoort. This well-preserved structure was built in 1296 as a gatehouse then was converted into a prison in the 15th century.

It was here that brothers Cornelis and Johan de Witt, accused of an attempt on the life of Prince William III, were murdered in 1672 (a monument to them stands in the nearby courtyard).

The old prison and torture chambers have been open to the public since the 1880s and include a large collection of paintings, prints, and relics – as well as some rather gruesome torture devices.

Where to Shop in The Hague

16. visit the hague market.

The Hague Market or ‘De Haagse Markt’, is one of the largest multicultural markets in Europe. Looking for something? You’ll probably find it here amongst its extensive range of exotic products.

Open four days a week, the market is visited by approximately 35,000 people. While The Hague Market is primarily known for its large range of exotic products it also has some of the best from fresh produce including vegetables, fruit, fish and meat to herbs plus women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and electronics.

17. Shop in Style at De Haagse Passage

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Fancy something more elegant? Step inside The Hague’s famous shopping arcade De Passage. Beneath the glass atria and chiselled façades are classy boutique stores, bustling food and drink establishments, and even a hotel. This place is stunningly beautiful.

This arcade was built by local dignitaries between 1882 and 1885 for the express purpose of ‘high-class shopping’ in imitation of Paris. Today, it is the Netherlands’ oldest shopping arcade and has official UNESCO monument status.

Where to Stay in The Hague

Best Accommodation in The Hague for Sightseeing

In The Hague, most of the main attractions and architectural landmarks lie between the city centre and the sea so it makes sense to base yourself here if you’re visiting for the first time.

Hotels tend to cluster around the Binnenhof, where you’ll also find the Ridderzaal (Knights’ Hall) and Prison Gate Museum. Other attractions, such as the Mauritshuis and the Escher Museum, are within walking distance from here, and the beach resort of Scheveningen is just a 10-15 minute tram ride away.

Hotel Boutique Hotel Corona

During my three days in The Hague, I stayed at the 4-star boutique establishment, Hotel Boutique Hotel Corona . The hotel itself is just across the road from De Passage and Binnenhof. From my room, I had a wonderful view overlooking the lively Buitenhof square.

It was the size of my room and bathroom that made this hotel memorable. Can you get beds larger than king size? Because my bed could easily fit four people! The bathroom had two sinks, a huge shower not to mention the epic six-seater spa tub. The breakfast buffet was included and the lovely chef even made my pancakes with local ingredients. Check rates and availability of Hotel Boutique Hotel Corona here .

Getting to The Hague

I flew with KLM who offer direct flights to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport from both Heathrow and City Airport; conveniently covering those in both the west and east of London. For the first time ever I flew out from London City Airport. The best thing about small airports is that you don’t have to arrive too early to get through all the checkpoints. From the time I arrived at the airport to getting to my gate, it took a whole fifteen minutes! I’ve never had a less stressful airport experience.

From Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport it was a quick 30-minute taxi ride to the hotel. Alternatively,  book your transfer here. Easy!

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Got more time? Take a day trip from The Hague

  • Visit Rotterdam! – Get my full Rotterdam city guide here
  • Visit the famous tulips at Keukenhof Garden and Flowerfields 
  • Duivenvoorde Castle –  Just 15 kilometers northeast of The Hague is the small town of Voorschoten with its delightful Duivenvoorde Castle (Kasteel Duivenvoorde), a medieval fortress restored in 1631. The original decoration and furnishings have been preserved, including family portraits, Delftware, a large collection of Chinese and European porcelain, and numerous items of silver.
  • Old Town Gouda and the Grote Kerk of Sint Janskerk –   Visit Gouda for its cheese, stay for its gorgeous historic town, 33 kilometres east of The Hague. Visit one of the most attractive town halls in the country, build in the 15th century, it’s famous for looking more like a place of worship than of government.

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Great article. With Den Haag (The Hague) it is the same as with Los Angeles .. It’s real name is of course “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula,” (“The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on of the River Porciúncula”) The Hague of the Count…. (The Counts Hague (‘s Gravenhage).

In your article you forgot the canaltours.. There are several nice organisations on the Canals Willemsvaart brings you to the Beach from the city center, others do tours in the City or to Delft The Hague Boat, Bootvaren, Salonboot Den Haag, Rondvaartbootje or Oranje Boot.

And don’t forget the many parks in and around the city. The Royal Gardens, the Forest of The Hague, the Forest of Scheveningen, Westbroekpark (behind Madurodam). Nice during all 4 seasons.

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29 awesome things to do in The Hague in 2023

Juni Moltubak

The city of peace and justice is always bustling with life, so it’s no surprise that there’s an excess of things to do in The Hague. Ready to discover the third-largest city in the Netherlands? We got you.  

From beautiful beaches, dunes, and parks, to high rises and international organisations — the administrative capital of the Netherlands has the perfect combination of gezellig village vibes, and urban, globalised, big city energy. 

The Hague has something for everyone — including you. 

1. Admire the beautiful Hofvijver

2. fill your belly in chinatown , 3. take a break in the palace garden, 4. go for a stroll in zuiderpark , 5. get the best city-wide views from the grote kerk tower, 6. watch the sunset from scheveningen, 7. get baffled by europe’s biggest panorama painting at panorama mesdag, 8. experience the dutch masters at mauritshuis, 9. have a snack at the world’s smallest fries store, 10. take a bike ride to the dunes, 11. borrel with the locals at plein, 12. join the hipsters at bierkade, 13. get lost in haagse bos, 14. take a day trip to another iconic dutch location, 15. soak up the art at kunstmuseum den haag, 16. eat pizza at grote markt, 17. admire the mighty peace palace, 18. float away on a canal cruise, 19. park your bike and do a walking tour, 20. have a picnic in clingendael park, 21. get a real haagse bier, 22. feel like a giant in tiny madurodam, 23. discover the hague’s dark side at the prison gate museum, 24. stuff yourself at a food hall , 25. let optical illusions confuse you at escher het paleis, 26. go wild at the trampoline church, 27. try the fancy-schmancy stores at passage, 28. go second-hand shopping in zeeheldenkwartier, 29. enjoy a historical liqueur tasting.

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Located in the very spot where The Hague first came into existence, Hofvijver is an unmissable and unskippable sight on any trip to storktown. 

The large, square lake is the perfect place for a photo shoot, with the world’s oldest functioning parliament building across the water, and the towering modern centre in the background. 

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Can you spot the prime minister’s office? It’s the little tower next to Mauritshuis museum, nicknamed het torentje (simply, “the tower”)! 

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Lange Vijverberg, 2513 AC Den Haag


The characteristic lanterns and gates of Chinatown create a fun ambience as you wander its streets. 

In addition to the obvious Chinese influence, the area also has a bunch of Indonesian restaurants, as well as other ethnic minority stores and cafes. 

READ MORE | The Hague Market: the vibrant open market of the Netherlands

You’ll see a bubble tea shop wherever you turn, and affordable beauty salons which are popular among students. 

💰 Price: regular Dutch restaurant prices, depending on order ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Wagenstraat 43-63, 2512 AP Den Haag


The Palace Garden, or Paleistuin , is a beautiful green pocket in the centre of The Hague. The park is a popular hangout spot, where The Hague’s residents practice yoga, play games, and feed the birds in the little pond. 

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Pack a picnic basket and take a relaxing break on the grass; you’ll kill two tourist-birds with one stone, and get to admire the King’s working palace at the same time!

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: Every day, 8 AM until 6 PM 📍 Location: Prinsessewal, 2513 EE Den Haag


If small parks like Paleistuin make you yawn, fear not, The Hague has Zuiderpark up its sleeve too! 

The sprawling park is located slightly outside the city centre (20 minutes by public transport, and 15 minutes by bike), but the huge fields are well worth a visit. 

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Running tracks, flowers, lakes — it’s the perfect spot for a stroll or a couple of hours in the sun. Zuiderpark is also a popular festival venue, and for the little ones: visit the nearby petting zoo!

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Loevesteinlaan, Den Haag


Although it’s a bit of a stretch, one can argue that the great church of The Hague dates back all the way to the 1200s! 

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Today, the huge building is not used as a church, but as an event venue. The most interesting activity the old building has to offer is to climb up the many steps with a knowledgeable tour guide — and get the best city view for the Insta. 

💰 Price: €7.50 for adults, €5.50 for children  ⏰ Opening hours: March – November, Thursday – Sunday, 12 PM – 4 PM. December – February, Saturdays and Sundays, 12 PM & 4 PM.  📍 Location: Rond de Grote Kerk 12, 2513 AM Den Haag


Scheveningen beach is the most popular beach in The Hague, and it has lots to offer . Grab a drink at one of the many (!) beach bars, go bungee jumping at the pier, or take a ride on the Ferris wheel — you’ll never get bored at a Scheveningen beach day.

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It’s also a popular spot for surfing , or simply hanging out in the sand on a summer evening. Make sure to catch the sunset in the ocean for a magical end to the day. 

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Strandweg 34, 2586 KM Den Haag


Hendrik Willem Mesdag is one of the most celebrated 19th-century Dutch painters out there  — he even has a museum named after himself. 

But the Panorama Mesdag is not your average old museum. Sure, it’s got a nice exhibition with tons of beautiful, Dutch art but it’s also got a very special feature. The building was built for the sole purpose of housing the grand “Scheveningen Panorama”!

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The painting, depicting the beach in The Hague in the late 1800s, measures 14 metres in height, and 40 metres in diameter. It’s a super cool optical illusion that makes you feel like you’re standing on top of Scheveningen’s highest dune. 

💰 Price: €15 for adults, €12 for children ⏰ Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM until 5 PM.  📍 Location: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag


If the great Mesdag didn’t satisfy your thirst for Dutch masters, do not worry. The Mauritshuis museum is packed with astonishing Dutch art, and it’s all located in a beautiful, old building right in the centre of The Hague. 

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You’ll get the chance to see the oh-so-famous Girl With The Pearl Earring and plenty of other Dutch masterpieces. 

It’s absolutely a must-see attraction on any visit to The Hague, nay, to the Netherlands!

💰 Price: €19 for adults, €0 for children ⏰ Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM until 6 PM. Monday, 1 PM until 6 PM.  📍 Location: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag


Okay, it might not be the smallest in the world, but it’s a nickname amongst locals, and it sounds about right. Either way, no trip to the Netherlands is complete without a full meal consisting of just fries (for some reason)!

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‘t Kleinste Winkeltje is so small, it’s always a pleasant surprise when you realise you can actually go inside. The little fries shop serves steamin’ hot, deliciously salty fries, with more mayo than you can possibly imagine. 

But beware, the portions are insane, so either come with a very empty stomach or someone to share it with.

💰 Price: regular Dutch snack bar prices, depending on order ⏰ Opening hours: Monday, closed. Tuesday, 12 PM until 8 PM. Wednesday & Friday, 12 PM until 7 PM. Thursday & Saturday, 12 PM until 9 PM. Sunday, 12 PM until 7 PM.  📍 Location: Papestraat 1A, 2513 AV Den Haag


Okay, so you’ve got the fries part covered, now you have to experience the other key part of Dutch culture: biking ! 

There’s no better place to go for a super-Dutch bike ride than the dunes in The Hague. From the north of the city to the south — you can easily spend a full day in the beautiful landscape. 

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Our best tip is to go south to Westduinpark — the largest nature reserve in The Hague has very few tourists, and you’ll have a good chance of spotting the Scottish Highland Cows that reside in the area. 

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: 2566 GC Den Haag


At the core of The Hague, between the old centre and the new part of the city, you’ll find a big square (conveniently) called Plein (“square”).

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Plein is a well-known favourite for the weekly Dutch concept of borreling . With tons of pubs and a great outside area, Plein’s fairy-light-covered trees make for the perfect spot to enjoy a cold, Dutch beer .

💰 Price: regular Dutch pub prices, depending on order ⏰ Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, time depends on specific location (average opening hours are 10 AM until 2 AM) 📍 Location: Plein 17A, 2511 CS Den Haag


Arguably one of the most gezellige (cosy) streets in The Hague, Bierkade is another great borrel location. 

The street actually has borreling in its blood. The canal was once used as the main transportation line of beer back in the days when The Hague was not allowed to produce the essential beverage itself. 

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It’s the ultimate hipster spot, and the view of the lantern-lit canal in the evening is simply priceless. 

Stop by De Kade for a wide array of nature wines, De Paas for the best beer experience the city has to offer, or Kai 13, Basaal or Ethica for a delicious dinner. 

💰 Price: regular Dutch snack bar prices, depending on order ⏰ Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, time depends on specific location 📍 Location: Wagenstraat 193, 2512 AW Den Haag


If you’re looking for some greenery (not like that, actual nature this time) on your trip to The Hague, Haagse Bos is a great option. 

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Located super close to the centre, this park-meets-forest crossover is the perfect place to go for a stroll or a picnic. It’s great for both bikers and pedestrians, and it’s accessible for people of all ages. 

Can you spot another one of the King’s palaces (yup, he has more than one) in the middle of the forest? It’s worth sneaking a peek at the fairytale-like building through the trees! 

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Bezuidenhoutseweg, Den Haag


Although you can easily spend a week in The Hague alone, the city is also super conveniently located for day trips. 

Being a relatively small country, any city in the Netherlands is easy to access. But from the Hague, you can reach classic Dutch tourist destinations like the Keukenhof tulip field , the great dunes, or the old canals of Amsterdam , in no time. 

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Only 10-15 minutes away by train, you’ll find the absolutely iconic Dutch cities of Delft and Leiden . The two old university towns are a must-see for anyone interested in classic Dutch architecture and cosy canal views — without drowning in tourists as you do in Amsterdam. 

If you find yourself missing a more urban vibe, you can head south and take a day trip to Rotterdam , only 20 minutes away. The city is modern and pulsating with life, quite different from anything else you’ll see in the Netherlands!

💰 Price: between €2.90 and €5.70 for one-way train tickets to Delft, Leiden, or Rotterdam ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Up to you!


Located in a grand, and truly unique, art deco building, Kunstmuseum Den Haag is one of the best museums in the city. 

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From Mondrian to Monet, contemporary and less contemporary, photography, architecture, period rooms, and much more — Kunstmuseum has been described as a “modern palace of the arts” for a reason!

Plan your visit well, though, or else you’ll easily spend the whole day wandering the halls of the museum. 

💰 Price: €17.50 for adults, €0 for children ⏰ Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM until 5 PM 📍 Location: Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag


Sure, Grote Markt is a popular spot to go out for drinks, but much more importantly: you can also get pizza there. 

Every Sunday at Bakplaats (part of De Boterwaag), you can get two pizzas for the price of one, and it’s seriously delicious too! 

If you’re just looking for a quick snack after a night out, you can also opt for the takeaway single-slice version — it’s much yummier than the basic Dutch snackbar cuisine , and only costs around €6.

💰 Price: between €13 and €17.50 for a one-person pizza ⏰ Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 AM until 1 AM. Thursday & Friday, 11 AM until 1:30 AM. Saturday 10 AM until 1.30 AM. Sunday 10 AM until 10 PM. 📍 Location: Grote Markt 8, 2511 BG Den Haag


The Hague is called the city of peace and justice for a reason, and no visit is complete without seeing the beautiful Peace Palace.

The Peace Palace houses the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the United Nations International Court of Justice and The Hague Academy of International Law. 

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Unfortunately, for security reasons, the building only allows guided tours on a very limited number of dates a year. 

However, dedicated fans of international law who show up early in the morning on a day a session is open for audiences, have a chance at getting inside.

For the less die-hard fans, the visitors’ centre is also a good option, which is open most days, free of charge. 

💰 Price: visitors’ centre is €0 (but donations are appreciated), a guided tour is €16.50 ⏰ Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 PM until 5 PM 📍 Location: Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ Den Haag


The Hague might not be widely known for its canals, but don’t worry, you can still get the peak tourist experience you came to the Netherlands for. 

READ MORE | A boat tour in The Hague – Why it’s a great idea

Learn about the fascinating history of The Hague, and admire the city’s cosy streets and green pockets from the water.  

De Ooievaart is a favourite when it comes to canal cruises. They offer two types: one that takes you all the way to Delft by boat, and one that takes you all through The Hague.

💰 Price: €13.50 for adults, €9.50 for children ⏰ Opening hours: Daily, upon request, 12 PM and 5 PM 📍 Location: Bierkade 18B, 2512 AB Den Haag


The Hague city centre is highly compact and walkable, so a walking tour is the perfect way to see a lot in a short amount of time. 

The city is also packed with fascinating history, so you’ll easily get all your educational needs covered for the rest of your Dutch vacation. Opt for a guided tour , or stick with the classic guided Free Walking Tour — either one takes you through all the city’s most important highlights. 

💰 Price: €0 for Free Walking Tour The Hague, donation based ⏰ Opening hours: Summer : Daily 10:30 AM, including an extra 1:30 PM spot on Saturdays and Sundays. Winter: Depending on demand and availability.  📍 Location: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag (starting point FWT The Hague)


There’s no shortage of parks in The Hague, but if you have to narrow it down to just one, Clingendael should be your choice. 

The large, peaceful grounds make you feel like you’re in an Austen novel — and it’s the perfect spot for a picnic.

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There’s even a lovely Japanese garden, and several fields with farm animals nearby. The perfect park for anything from a run, to a date, or a family outing !

💰 Price: €0 ⏰ Opening hours: N/A 📍 Location: Clingendael, 2244 VH Den Haag


In the centre of The Hague, you can find the old (but still functioning) monastery De Haagsche Broeder. 

Not only can you admire the chapel and visit the concept store — you can also buy real Haagse beer from the Kloosterbrouwerij (the monastery brewery)! 

These monks take their beer seriously, and you can purchase a wide array of their craft online or in the store.

💰 Price: €13.50 for a fancy-looking beer pack  ⏰ Opening hours: Friday and Saturday, 2 PM until 8 PM. 📍 Location: Oude Molstraat 35, 2513 BA Den Haag


The family park Madurodam is a staple of any trip to The Hague. In short, it is a 1:25 scale model of the Netherlands, so you can explore (almost) the entire country in as little as an hour (but feel free to take longer). 

The park receives about half a million visitors every year and is a favourite among tourists (and locals) of all ages. It’s the perfect mix of history, geography, art, and fun! 

💰 Price: €18 for adults, €0 for children up to two years ⏰ Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 9 AM until 6 PM. 📍 Location: George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag


If you’re in the mood for something dark and gloomy, why not dive into the dark side of The Hague, at the Gevangenpoort Museum ? 

Once the gate to the city of The Hague, the 13th-century building is an attraction in itself. 

The museum covers everything about the history of crime and justice in the middle ages, and the interactive exhibitions take you through everything from old torture chambers to different standards of cells. Spooky, but very interesting! 

💰 Price: €15 for adults, €7.50 for children, €0 for children up to 4 years old ⏰ Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 AM until 5 PM. Saturday and Sunday, 11 PM until 5 PM. 📍 Location: Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH Den Haag


The Hague has recently been acknowledged for its street food, and a visit to one of the many food halls is bound to be a success. 

Foodhallen Centrum, Foodhallen Scheveningen, and MingleMush are great examples of the great variety and quality of international cuisines you can find in The Hague. 

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These places will have something for everyone (trust us, of all cultures and pickiness levels), and leave you with a good impression of the international and entrepreneurial spirit of the Netherlands. 

💰 Price: Varies depending on the specific vendor ⏰ Opening hours: Depends on specific food hall, but generally 12 PM until 10 PM 📍 Location: Haagsche Bluf 40, 2511 CN Den Haag (Foodhallen Centrum)


Maurits Cornelis Escher is a world-famous graphic artist from the Netherlands, born in the late 1800s. 

He produced some of the strangest, and most confusing pieces of art the world has seen, and a visit to the Escher Museum in The Hague is bound to extract a few laughs. 

The museum is centrally located in an old palace, so the surroundings are also worth some attention, if you’re able to take your eyes off the surreal and beautiful art, that is. 

💰 Price: €11.50 for adults, €8.50 for children between 13 and 17 years old, €6.50 for children between 7 and 12 years old. ⏰ Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 AM until 5 PM 📍 Location: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH Den Haag


Yepp, you read that right. As is the case all over the Netherlands, The Hague has quite a few decommissioned churches, that are now used for anything but church service, it seems.

If you have kids (unfortunately, it’s only open for those up to 12 years), you can let them have a bouncy day in church, and jump on dozens of indoor trampolines at Planet Jump !

And don’t worry about hitting the ceiling — the church roof is certainly high enough. 

💰 Price: €8 per hour ⏰ Opening hours: Wednesday, 12 PM until 6 PM. Friday, 12 PM until 8 PM. Saturday, 10 AM until 8 PM. Sunday, 10 AM until 6 PM.  📍 Location: Stadhoudersplantsoen 28, 2517 JL Den Haag


The Passage was modelled after its sister in Paris in the late 1800s. The building was intended as a beautiful shopping venue for The Hague’s finest — a purpose it fulfils to this day. 

The impressive old construction also has a modern wing, giving the shopping experience the best of both worlds. 

Come for a tasty treat at Hop & Stork chocolate store, explore the extensive Nespresso section, or dive into the fashionable boutiques — there are tons of things to keep you occupied. 

For Christmas, the Passage is also a popular Insta-spot, as the great Christmas tree lights up its old halls.

💰 Price: up to you! ⏰ Opening hours: Monday, 11 AM until 6 PM. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 9.30 AM until 6 PM. Thursday, 9.30 AM until 9 PM. Sunday, 12 PM until 5 PM.  📍 Location: Passage 72, 2511 AA Den Haag


Zeeheldenkwartier is a poorly kept secret in The Hague, and it’s quickly becoming one of the hippest parts of town. 

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The neighbourhood was established in the late 19th century and carries a lot of interesting history. Today, it’s most known for its relaxed atmosphere, cosy neighbourhood vibe, and hip café- and shopping culture. 

Take a stroll and get a new second-hand outfit!

💰 Price: up to you! ⏰ Opening hours: regular Dutch retail opening hours, depending on specific store 📍 Location: Prins Hendrikplein 3, 2518 EV Den Haag


Van Kleef distillery in The Hague has a vast history, an interesting museum, an extensive shop, and fascinating activities. 

It’s the oldest remaining distillery in the city (founded in 1842), offering a cosy atmosphere, and a magically quaint garden overflowing with greens and flowers. 

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The distillery offers a liqueur tasting and a cocktail tasting, and if you’re lucky with the weather, it’ll all take place out in the charming garden — accompanied by two house cats! It’s the perfect date idea and, more importantly (in true Dutch style), the perfect excuse to day drink. 

If you manage to keep your attention sharp after many a taste, you’ll also learn quite a bit about Dutch (and The Haguean) history. Win-win!

💰 Price: €23 for their basic tasting & short tour package ⏰ Opening hours: Saturday, 12 PM until 1:30 PM & 2 PM until 3:30 PM. Sunday, 2 PM until 3:30 PM.  📍 Location: Lange Beestenmarkt 109, 2512 ED Den Haag

Although it doesn’t get as much attention as its big brother Amsterdam , The Hague is packed with things to do, and should not be underestimated. Fascinating history and real, gezellig Dutch culture awaits you if you take the trip to the coast of the Netherlands! 

Which attractions will you visit in The Hague? Do you have any suggestions to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below!

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2022, but was fully updated in August 2023 for your viewing pleasure. 

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Exploring the Netherlands

23 Unmissable Things to Do in The Hague

The beautiful city of The Hague, or Den Haag as it is known locally, is located in the western Netherlands, on the North Sea coastline. It is the third largest city in the Netherlands, the capital of the South Holland province, and is both the royal and administrative capital of the country. The Hague is also home to the seat of the Dutch parliament, the United Nations’ International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court.

This being said, there are also many fun and interesting things to do in The Hague that are not of political or administrative nature. The Hague is one of the only large cities in the Netherlands that is located directly on the coastline and boasts an 11km stretch of beach at Scheveningen. It is home to a plethora of beautiful monuments and buildings, modern hotels, and open spaces. Coupled with the beaches, you really get the feeling of freedom and openness in a buzzing city.

a narrow street with old buildings and at the end of the street some contrasting skyscrapers; The Hague

In this article, you will learn a little bit about the history of The Hague, things to do, and by the end of it, you should have an in-depth understanding of the city and how to get around. So, sit back, relax, and prepare to transport yourself to the wonderful city of The Hague.

Read more: Where to stay in The Hague – a hotel guide with recommendations for the best places to stay in The Hague per neighbourhood, per type of traveller and per budget

How to get to The Hague

1. escher in the palace, 2. louwman museum, 3. madurodam, 4. hop on the historical tram, 5. panorama mesdag, 6. the mesdag collection, 7. the mauritshuis royal picture gallery, 8. prince william v gallery, 9. city canal cruise, 10. oranjehotel world war ii prison, 11. kunstmuseum den haag, 12. scheveningen beach, 13. skyview de pier, 14. sea life scheveningen, 15. omniversum, 16. museum beelden aan zee, 17. the binnenhof and hofvijver, 18. enjoy a drink at the square, 19. peace palace, 20. the hague historical museum, 21. palace huis ten bosch, 22. palace noordeinde, 23. the prison gate museum, final words.

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Being the second most important city in the Netherlands, The Hague is well-connected to the rest of the country by highways and public transport. The Hague is also the second most visited city in the Netherlands together with Rotterdam, switching places now and then.

Wherever you are staying in the Netherlands The Hague could be the perfect destination for a day trip. My preference would be to visit The Hague by train, as the train station is conveniently located in the centre of the city and it has been renovated recently. However I have visited The Hague many times by car, with my favorite place to park being Q Park Maliveld, just a few hundred metres from the city centre.

Tip: Read this post about using the public transport in the Netherlands . It’s packed with tips that only a local knows!

Here are some distances from other major cities in the Netherlands to The Hague by car and the time it takes both by car and by train:

  • Amsterdam – The Hague: 65 km/55 min; by train: 50 min
  • Schiphol – The Hague: 47 km/40 min; by train: 32 min
  • Groningen – The Hague: 240 km/2 hr 40 min; by train: 2 hr 40 min
  • Utrecht – The Hague: 70 km/60 min; by train: 38 min
  • Rotterdam – The Hague: 25 km/30 min; by train: 23 min
  • Eindhoven – The Hague: 140 km/1 hr 40 min; by train: 1 hr 30 min
  • Maastricht – The Hague: 225 km/2 hrs 25 min; by train: 2 hrs 40 min

The best way to find out how to travel from A to B in the Netherlands is to use the Glimble app. You can buy your tickets in the app and travel hassle-free. The app is absolutely free to download .

  • Click here to download Glimble for Android
  • Click here to download Glimble for iPhone

a train station with lots of glass and people going in and out with a sign - Den Haag Centraal

Besides a train connection with the largest Dutch cities, The Hague is also well-connected by bus. Check out the website of FlixBus for more information. For international travel options, check out Omio , where you can also buy train and bus tickets.

If you are staying in Amsterdam and would like to visit The Hague on a day trip, you can also opt for an organized day tour. Here are a couple suggestions:

  • Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour
  • Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague
  • Delft and The Hague Private Tour
  • Kinderdijk and The Hague Tour with Museums

Top things to do in The Hague

The Hague is a large cosmopolitan city with beautiful architecture and lots of things to see and do. Read further to find out which are the best things to do in The Hague. On the handy map below I’ve marked all tourist attractions in the city. You can add the map to your Google Maps and use it even if you are offline.

Escher in Het Paleis , or Escher in The Palace in English, is one of the famous museums in The Hague that contains the work and literature on the life story of M. C. Escher . Maurits Cornelius Escher was a world-famous Dutch graphical and imaginative artist who, for the most part of his life, was overlooked in the art world.

a large stately building a turned quite dark greyish fromt he whether with a red poster with Escher written on it; Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague

However, since 2002, there is now a permanent exhibition of his finest works on display at the Lange Voorhout Palace in The Hague, the former home of Queen Mother Emma . Some of his most famous artworks that you will be able to see here include the lithographs Belvedere , Relativity , and Convex and Concave as well as the woodcuts Day and Night , Snakes , and Tower of Babe l.

an exhibition hall showing works of M.C. Escher

If you are a fan of the impossible art of M. C. Escher, the museum dedicated to him in The Hague is a must-visit.

Practical info

Address: Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 11,50 EUR; kids (13-17 yoa) – 8,50 EUR; kids (7-12 yoa) – 6,50 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 11:00 till 17:00 Website: www.escherinhetpaleis.nl

The Louwman Museum , formerly known as the Nationaal Automobiel Museum (National Automobile Museum) and Louwman Collection, is one of the most amazing automobile museums in The Hague. It contains many historic cars, coaches, and motorcycles – 275 to be exact! The collection includes the likes of the Ahrens-Fox Model N-5-2 1000 GMP Fire Engine, the Briggs and Stratton Flyer, Chrysler Town & Country Barrel Back Station Wagon, and the Detroit Electric Clear Vision Brougham to name a few.

a very old car in a museum with a vintage poster on the walls at the background; The Louwman Museum in The Hague

Whether you’re a classic automobile fan or not, no visit to The Hague is complete without stopping by the Louwman Museum. It is an appropriate excursion for both young and old and definitely one of the top things to see in The Hague.

Address: Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594BB Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 19 EUR; kids (5-18 yoa) – 10 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: www.louwmanmuseum.nl

Located in the Scheveningen district of The Hague, Madurodam is a miniature city containing 1:25 scale replicas of some of the most well-known Dutch cities and cultural landmarks. It is possible to explore the Netherlands within an hour, navigating through the network of buildings, squares, and streets.

lots of miniature buildings arranged as a city and people walking around and looking; Madurodam

It is one of the highly recommend things to see in The Hague, as it accurately tells the story of the Netherlands and how it has evolved into the eccentric country that it is today. With all the buildings and landmarks at a maximum height of 60 cm, it’s a fun adventure for the whole family, including the little ones.

Address: George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag Admission fee: fixed day ticket – 18 EUR; a family (or friends) of 4 – 18,75 EUR; flex ticket – 23,50 EUR; kids (0-2 yoa) – free of charge Opening times: daily, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: www.madurodam.nl

One of the most fun things to do in The Hague is taking a ride on the historical tram . This vintage tram will take around all famous attractions in The Hague all the way to Scheveningen and the beach and back to the city. There are 14 stops in total en route where you can hop on and off. There’s also an audio tour available, which I can highly recommend.

Day ticket including audio tour: adults – 16 EUR; kids (4-12 yoa) – 5 EUR Schedule: from 8 April to 11 November, Saturday and Sunday; in July and August, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday; every 30 minutes Website: touristtram.nl

The Panorama Mesdag is a delusional, cylindrical painting by artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag in 1881, which can be viewed in one of the only especially constructed museums in The Hague. It was painted from the highest sand dune in Scheveningen and highlights the sea, dunes, and old fishing village in seaside town.

a cyclorama painting of the beach in Scheveningen; The Panorama Mesdag

The painting took a total of four months to complete and Mesdag had the help of four other artists in order to do so. It stands more than 14 meters high, boasting an impressive circumference of 120 meters, justifying the time and manpower taken to paint it.

Address: Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 15 EUR; kids (12-18 yoa) – 12 EUR; kids (4-11 yoa) – 7 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: panorama-mesdag.nl

The Mesdag Collection is one of the few museums in The Hague that houses some of the most famous art pieces from around the world, assembled by Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sina van Houten (affectionately known as Sientjie). The museum is located directly next door to the former residence of the couple and has some pieces of artwork from the likes of Théodore Rosseau, Vincent van Gogh, and Charles-Francoise Daubigny.

a building with two flags in front the a sign saying De Mesdag Collection

Aside from these wonderful paintings, there was an exquisite collection of ceramics by Theo Colenbrander, who was a local from The Hague. The collection even contained pieces from as far as Japan, with the likes of a once-functional Samurai sword and a unique sacrificial vase.

Address: Laan van Meerdervoort 7-F, 2517 AB Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 13 EUR; kids (under 18 yoa) – free of charge Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, from 10:00 till 17:00; in April, Wednesday-Sunday, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: www.demesdagcollectie.nl

Sticking to the theme of museums in The Hague, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery is a state-owned collection of artworks from non-other than Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other masters from the Dutch Golden Age .

a lovely yellow house with lots of flowers in front and some flowers hanging on the walls with a sign on it - Mauritshuis - one of the best things to visit in The Hague

The museum is centrally located in the city on the Hofvijver lake and no visit to The Hague is complete without going to visit the Girl with a Pearl Earring of Vermeer or the Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp of Rembrandt.

Address: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 19 EUR; kids (under 18 yoa) – free of charge Opening times: Monday, from 13:00 till 18:00; Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 till 18:00 Website: www.mauritshuis.nl

a girl dressed in yellow with a blue and yellow headdress and a pearl earring; Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer at the Mauritshuis

The Prince William V Gallery is a part of the Mauritshuis, but is quite often overlooked as it is located in another building. For sure it’s one of the lesser-known hidden gems in the city. The gallery boasts an impressive collection of Dutch and Flemish masterpieces from the personal collection of William V, Prince of Orange .

The Prince William V Gallery is also the oldest museum in the Netherlands. It opened for public in 1774.

Address: Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 5,50 EUR; kids (under 18 yoa) – free of charge; If you have a Mauritshuis ticket you don’t need to pay for the Gallery Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 12:00 till 17:00 Website: www.mauritshuis.nl

Moving away from the museum theme for a moment, take a leisurely cruise on the canals of The Hague and see the city from a completely unique angle. Not only do you get to see the city from the water but also hear the stories of the history of The Hague and current affairs in the city.

a canal with a bridge and lots of bicycles and colorful geraniums hanging in the bridge

A well-renowned company like De Ooievaart has a host of extremely knowledgeable guides that will no-doubt broaden your understanding of this wonderful city with the wind blowing through your hair. There are two routes to choose from, so whether you pick the canal route or the barge route, you will be sure to hear an interesting story or two about The Hague.

Moving back to the theme of museums in The Hague, National Monument Oranjehotel in Scheveningen was a prison used by the Germans in the Second World War. It was here that they interrogated and prosecuted some 25, 000 people who had resisted laws imposed by the Germans. The name Oranjehotel was the name given to the prison as a tribute to those who were housed there.

Oranjehotel is one of The Hague attractions where you can really transport yourself back in time and experience what it was like to be a prisoner here. You’re able to enter one of the death cells as used by the Nazis and put yourself in the Dutch prisoners’ shoes. Luckily you don’t have to stay there for the entire length of a sentence, and you can be released after a couple minutes.

Address: Van Alkemadelaan 1258, 2597 BP Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 12,50 EUR; youth (8-24 yoa) – 7 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 11:00 till 17:00 Website: www.oranjehotel.org

Kunstmuseum Den Haag is one of The Hague attractions that has changed names several times over the past 150 years. What started out as Museum voor Moderne Kunst became Haags Gemeentemuseum and until 2019, was known as Gemeentemuseum Den Haag . It is one of the ideal museums in The Hague to wander around and gaze at the diverse artworks from some of the most famous modern artists. Think Piet Mondrian , van Gogh , Monet , and Picasso , to name a few.

a large yellow building as seen from a small lake with waterlilies; the Kunstmuseum Den Haag

It is one of the largest museums in Europe, housing in the region of 160, 000 pieces of artwork. Designed by renowned architect Hendrik Berlage , the museum also has many exhibitions on display. Permanent exhibitions include Discover the Modern , Delftware WonderWare , and Chambers of Wonder while current exhibitions include Mondrian Moves and Wiebke Siem .

Fun fact: Hendrik Berlage is also the architect of the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, another beautiful example of the Amsterdam School .

Address: Stadhouderslaan 41 2517 HV, Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 16 EUR; kids (up to 18 yoa) – free of charge; youth (19-25 yoa) – 8 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: www.kunstmuseum.nl

One of the all-time favorite things to do in The Hague is to pop down to Scheveningen beach on the North Sea coast. It is here that you can get your toes in the sand and enjoy a swim in the summer months. It’s also a great beach for sport lovers and beginners can even try their hand at surfing thanks to surf shops along the promenade offering lessons and rentals.

a drone view of a beach and a sea on a sunny day with lots of people on the beach and buildings at the background; Scheveningen Beach

The beautiful promenade lends itself to walking, cycling, and skating in the summer months and the pristine sandy beaches have earned blue flag status as a result of their superior cleanliness and safety. There is also a plethora of amazing restaurants and beach bars to fill your stomach or quench your thirst after a long day in the sun or a heated volleyball match.

SkyView de Pier is definitely one of the attractions in The Hague that is not to be missed! Towering 50 meters above the North Sea, the giant Ferris wheel offers unparalleled views of Scheveningen beach, the sea, and the nearby neighborhood.

a pier with a tower and a large ferris wheel as seen from the beachl Sky View De Pier in Scheveningen

A full rotation trip takes around 12 to 15 minutes, during which time you will be housed in a luxurious gondola and can even share a unique high tea with friends and family. The pastry tower, tea, and prosecco are bound to attract both young and old – no prosecco for the young ones, of course! The combination of amazing views and a glass of prosecco makes it one of the favorite things to do in The Hague.

Address: Strandweg 156 2586 JW Scheveningen Admission fee: including a drink: adults – 15 EUR; kids (up to 12 yoa) – 7,50 EUR; only the Ferris Wheel: adults – 10,50 EUR Opening times: Monday-Thursday, from 12:00 till 20:00; Friday-Saturday, from 11:00 till 22:00; Sunday, from 11:00 till 21:00 Website: skyviewdepier.nl

SEA LIFE Scheveningen is one of the best things to see in The Hague for families with children. There are 45 aquariums that accommodate an array of sea life from fish, sharks, rays, and even Max the Asian small-clawed otter. With more than 4,000 species of marine life, your visit to SEA LIFE Scheveningen will be nothing short of amazing.

people walking towards a building on which it says Sea Life

As a bonus, you will be able to contribute to the Sea Life trust, an organization that has been set up in order to protect the world’s oceans. Not only will you be able to see this beautiful marine life at Sea Life, but also ensure that the natural marine habitats of these animals are conserved.

Address: Strandweg 13, 2586 JK Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 21 EUR; kids (up to 3 yoa) – free of charge Opening times: daily, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: www.visitsealife.com

If you are looking for things to do in The Hague that are out of the ordinary and will stimulate your senses, then look no further. Omniversum is a state-of-the-art movie theater that can accommodate some 300 people. The domical theater boasts a screen that surrounds the entire audience, proven to provide an all-round better viewing experience.

a statue of a walking Nelson Mandela in front of a round yellowish building the a sign Omniversum

The incredible visual experience coupled with amazing audio is bound to give you the feeling that you’re in the screen. Films such as Serengeti, Dinosaurs of the South Pole, or Wild Canada will be nothing short of spectacular in this football-sized arena. You will also be able to taste weird and wonderful things such as algae, urine tea, and insects. It really is an experience not to be missed!

Address: Stadhouderslaan 37, 2517 HV The Hague Tickets: see the website of Omniversum Opening times: daily, from 10:30 till 17:00 Website: www.museon-omniversum.nl

Beelden aan Zee is one of the only museums in the Netherlands to specialize exclusively in exhibiting sculptures. It was founded by Theo and Lida Scholten in 1994, a Dutch couple who were avid collectors of sculptures. You can see some rather impressive artworks at Beelden aan Zee from artists such as Piet Esser, Jaap Kaas, Tony van de Vorst, and Ossip Zadkine.

a courtyard of a museum with lots of sculptures at the seaside; Beelden aan Zee Museum in The Hague

Aside from the permanent exhibits, there are several temporary exhibits in the museum that continuously change. The Studio by the Sea is made up of three sections – an artists’ studio, an interactive education room, and a lounge. Johan Tahon will be present to teach you all there is to know about sculptures and how they are produced. There is a lot more that goes into it than you might think!

Address: Harteveltstraat 1, 2586 EL Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 17,50 EUR; kids (13-18 yoa) – 8,75 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday, from 10:00 till 17:00 Website: www.beeldenaanzee.nl

When visiting The Hague, things to do around the city center include a visit to the Binnenhof complex and the Hofvijver lake. Binnenhof is of significant political importance as it is the meeting place of both the House of Representatives ( Tweede Kamer ) and the Senate ( Eerste Kamer ).

In the middle of the Binnenhof is the famous Ridderzaal (The Hall of Knights), which was originally a ball room. Today it’s used for formal receptions and conferences. The most important role of the Ridderzaal is on Prinsjesdag , when the Dutch monarch opens the Dutch Parliamentary year in September and gives there the famous speech from the throne.

a beautiful building with a rosette and 2 towers at the background and a fountain with golden elements - The Ridderzaal in The Binnenhof in The Hague

The office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands (currently Mark Rutte), is also stationed here as well as the Ministry of General Affairs – responsible for government policy, planning, information, and the Dutch Royal House.

a view with a lake and lovely buildings with turrets at the background on a very gloomy rainy day with dark clouds; Hofvijver in The Hague

The Hofvijver lake, at the center of The Hague, is surround by Binnenhof, Mauritshuis, Korte Vijverberg Road, and Lange Vijverberg Road. There is also a small island to be observed in the middle, which has no official name but is often referred to as “the island in the Vijverberg”.

One of the most famous squares in The Hague is called simply The Square – Het Plein . It is located adjacent to the Binnenhof and once served as the kitchen garden of the palace. The square was created in 1632 following the model of Place de Vosges in Paris. The statue in the middle of the square is of William the Silent , who became the founder of Orange-Nassau dynasty, the line of the Dutch monarchs since the 16th century.

a square with lots of restaurants and people sitting on some table; in the middle of the square a monument of a king; Het Plein square in The Hague

On two sides the square is lined up by numerous cafes and restaurants and is a favorite lace for both locals and visitors of the city to get a drink or a bite.

If you’re still asking yourself what to do in The Hague at this point, the Peace Palace ( Vredespaleis ) is absolutely worth a visit. It is of immense international importance as it is home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the UN International Court of Justice, and The Hague Academy of International Law.

a large building with a clock tower and turrets, in front of the building lots of lilac flowers; the Peace Palace in The Hague

You can visit the Peace Palace with a guided tour. There’s also a guided tour of the Palace’s Gardens.

Tip: You need a valid passport or an EU ID-card if you want to visit the Peace Palace.

Address: Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ Den Haag Admission fee: Visitors Centre – free of charge; a guided tour of the Palace – 15 EUR; kids (up to 7 yoa) – free of charge; guided tour of the Palace Gardens – 12,50 EUR; kids (up to 8 yoa) – free of charge Opening times: (Visitors Centre) Wednesday-Sunday, from 12:00 till 16:00 Website: www.vredespaleis.nl

Another interesting museum to visit in The Hague is The Hague Historical Museum ( Haags Historisch Museum ) located just at the Hofvijver in the heart of the city. This museum tells the story of the city of The Hague through art and it has lovely collection of historical objects. There also temporary exhibitions that handle sensitive historical subjects, like the colonial past of the city.

a building with stairs on both sides to the main entrance and flags; The Hague's History Museum

Address: Korte Vijverberg 7, 2513 AB Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 18 EUR; kids (6-17 yoa) – 5 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Friday, from 10:00 till 17:00; Saturday-Sunday, from 12:00 till 17:00 Website: www.haagshistorischmuseum.nl

Huis ten Bosch is one of the three official residences of the Dutch monarch and is one of the most visually stunning things to see in The Hague. It is designed in the style of Dutch Baroque architecture and Dutch Classicism, by architects Jacob van Campen, Pieter Post, and Daniel Marot.

a large lane lined up with lantern posts and trees, leading to a palace-type of building with lots of stair to the main entrance; Huis Ten Bosch Palace in The Hague

The two other official residences of the Dutch Monarch are Nooordeinde, also located in the Hague, and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The current tenant (as of 2019) is Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, King of the Netherlands since 2013.

One of the last things to see in The Hague is the Noordeinde Palace , one of the three palaces of the Dutch Royal family. It was once a medieval farmhouse, converted in 1533 in a palace. Following the fall of Napoleon, Noordeinde became a Royal Palace used on and off by various Dutch Kings and Queens as a winter residence.

a classical building with 4 columns and red shutters on the windows; Noordeinde Palace

Since the thorough restoration of the palace in 1984, it has been used as the official workplace of the Dutch Monarchs.

The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens which are open to the public.

Rounding off the list of top things to do in The Hague is The Prison Gate Museum , one of the oldest operational museums in The Hague – it’s been going since 1882! Located on the Buitenhof, next to Prince William V Gallery, a former gate and medieval prison, Gevangenpoort allows you into the inside of an ancient prison.

a lake with lots of flowers hanging on the wall and various flags; the Hofvijver in The Hague

You can also meet the jailer, executioner, or judge and also be striking distance away from a former functioning guillotine. Make sure you’re on your best behavior though – you wouldn’t want to meet the razor-sharp edge of the mighty blade!

Address: Buitenhof 33, 2513 AH Den Haag Admission fee: adults – 15 EUR; kids (4-17 yoa) – 7,50 EUR Opening times: Tuesday-Friday, from 10:00 till 17:00; Saturday-Sunday, from 11:00 till 17:00 Website: www.gevangenpoort.nl

There are so many reasons to visit and things to do in The Hague that it should be on every traveler’s list. It’s the perfect day trip from Amsterdam, taking a mere 40 minutes by intercity train, or less than half an hour from Rotterdam.

Ease of travel to and within the city, open spaces, long sandy beaches, and a deep history marked by political and administrative ties makes The Hague a must-see destination. When visiting The Hague, attractions are not difficult to come by and you can find something to see and do constantly. After a long day of sight-seeing or laying on the beaches of Scheveningen, there is also no shortage of modern restaurants and bars to end the day at. If you’re not concerned about your waistline, a stroopwafel is the perfect sweet ending to a day in The Hague.

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15 Best Things to Do in The Hague (The Netherlands)

The Hague or Den Haag serves as the main seat of government for the Netherlands but is not the countries capital.

It is the third largest city in the country behind Amsterdam and Rotterdam and plays an important role in the politics and economy of the Netherlands.

The main development of Den Haag was during the 1200’s when the Binnenhof was constructed (which still stands today) and served as a royal hunting residence.

In future years the city saw Spanish occupation and has always served as a political base for the country since the 1600’s.

This wonderful and modern city retains much of its historical charm with important buildings like the Peace Palace and the Ridderzaal, but also embraces new technologies and its role in international politics.

The museums, beautiful parks and fascinating architecture make The Hague an extremely popular destination second only to Amsterdam.

Lets explore the best things to do in The Hague :

1. Mauritshuis Museum

Mauritshuis Museum

The Mauritshuis Museum is an art museum that is located in the centre of Den Haag next to the Binnenhof.

The building was constructed in 1636 in a Dutch Classicist style.

The collection of art inside the museum is extensive and contains some famous works from the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer and Rubens.

Over 800 objects are included in the collection and the majority of which come from the Dutch Golden age.

The collections are separated into different sections such as “At home in Holland”, “A generous gesture” and “Highlights from the past”. The museum is continually obtaining new works and displays several temporary exhibitions periodically too.

2. Madurodam Model City

Madurodam Model City

The Madurodam Model City is an extensive attraction that contains a huge scale model representation of various parts of the Netherlands.

All of the buildings, vehicles, people and tress etc are recreated to a 1:25 scale and with an unbelievable amount of detail.

The park opened in 1952 and has seen changes and renovations over the years to incorporate new technologies and revamp the models.

Sections of the model city include the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), the Binnenhof, Schiphol Airport, the seaport of Rotterdam, Dutch tulip fields and of course windmills.

This is a truly delightful place and perfect for all the family to enjoy.

3. The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof

This large complex serves as a meeting place for several political groups in the Netherlands including the Ministry of General affairs.

The Binnenhof is the oldest parliament building still in use in the world.

Originally constructed in the 1200’s, not much is known of the complex’s early history however it soon became in an important place for political meetings throughout the 1600’s.

Today you can enter the Binnenhof and its ground, and admire the stunning architecture and history of the buildings including the fabled Hall of Knights where the Ridderzaal stands.

Guided tours are also available of the House of Representatives.

4. Ridderzaal


The Ridderzaal is the central focal point of the Binnenhof and stands in the wonderful Hall of Knights courtyard inside the complex.

The building is used as a place where the Dutch parliament is opened by the prime minister, and also hosts royal receptions.

The structure is built in a Gothic style with two large symmetrical towers standing either side of the arched entrance.

The interior of the Ridderzaal is highly decorative with some wonderful stained glass windows, and a central ornate throne.

The courtyard outside the Ridderzaal is also quite beautiful and is surrounded by a three sides of arches and in the centre is a Neogothic fountain that dates back to the 1600’s.

5. Mesdag Museum

Mesdag Museum

The Mesdag museum is contained within the house of the notable painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag.

The museum showcases a fine collection of art that Hendrik and his wife collected over the years, centring mainly on famous Dutch painters from The Hague.

The museum and its counterpart building that holds the Mesdag panorama are located in the centre of The Hague and are in close proximity to the other important museums.

A main centrepiece of the Mesdag museum is a large panoramic painting that is around 120m in circumference – The painting shows the beaches of The Hague from the late 19th Century.

6. The beach and promenade


The Scheveningen seaside resort is one of the most famous in the Netherlands and is a great place to explore.

The beach stretches for miles right from the Hook of Holland right up to the port of Ijmuiden.

On the beach you will find an extensive promenade, golden sands, a fabulous pier complete with Ferris Wheel, and an array of shops, amusements, bars and restaurants.

Laze on the golden sands, splash in the sea, sit and enjoy a drink or an ice cream on the promenade, or even take a ride on the huge Ferris wheel that takes 20 minutes to complete a full rotation!

7. Drievliet Amusement Park

Drievliet Amusement Park

The Drievliet theme park is a fantastic place for the whole family and will provide hours of fun and excitement.

The park features several hair-raising rollercoaster’s including the Formule X and the Twistrix, a log flume, many water games, a haunted castle and so much more! Aside from the fabulous rides, there are also a range of fairground stalls, a restaurant, and small food and drink vendors.

This really is a great place and located to the south eastern part of The Hague, it is an ideal place for a day trip.

8. Peace Palace

Peace Palace

The Peace Palace is a building for the administration of law and houses several different bodies including the International Court of Justice.

The building was constructed in 1913 and features a fantastic and detailed neo-renaissance design with a large bell tower and ornate arched front facade.

The interior of the palace is quite lavish and contains many fine statues and busts of notable people like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

There is a visitors centre and tours are available of the building and also of the elaborate gardens that surround the palace.

9. The Hague Tower

The Hague Tower

The Hague Tower is a large Skyscraper that is located near Den Haag HS railway station not far from Chinatown.

The building is mainly office blocks but also contains a restaurant and night club, and a viewing platform.

The building stands at 132m and is the third tallest building in The Hague.

From here you can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city and even see as far as the Hook of Holland and watch boast coming in from the North Sea.

The elevator ride takes 40 seconds an there is also a reception with a informative movie, and a cafe where you can enjoy a drink and a snack in the clouds.

10. Grote of Sint Jacobskerk

Grote of Sint Jacobskerk

The Church of St. James is a notable religious building that stands proud on the Torenstraat in the old town centre.

This is one of the oldest buildings in The Hague and it was constructed in the 15th century.

The centrepiece of the exterior is the tall bell tower that features a detailed Carillion and a mechanical clock with 15 bells.

The interior features some fine wooden carving including the pulpit, and a set of detailed and colourful stained glass windows that commemorate various religious figures throughout history.

There is also the grave of Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam who was a notable Dutch navy commander.

11. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

This is one of the most important museums in Den Haag and contains a large collection of artwork, as well as a fascinating building designed by H.P. Berlage.

The structure lies not far from the main promenade and the building itself is an architectural marvel with a quirky and striking design.

Inside, there are several different collections including art, a print room, fashion and music.

The art collection includes works from Degas, Monet, Picasso and Mondriaan (The Mondriaan collection is the largest in the world).

12. Landgoed Clingendael Park

Landgoed Clingendael Park

This wonderful park is only open at certain times in the year owing to its fragile and extremely well maintained Japanese Garden.

The Clingendael is a 17th century manor house and the parkland surrounds it in the district of Wassenaar.

The park and garden is truly sublime and it was been a protected area of The Hague for many years.

Inside you can find the amazing Japanese Gardens that really do transport you into a different culture with Japanese themed pavilions and entrance gates and some beautiful species of plants and trees.

If you happen to visit the Hague when the garden is open then it should not be missed!

13. The Prison Gate Museum

The Prison Gate Museum

This is an old prison that was used to house people who had committed atrocious crimes from as early as 1420. The museum gives you an insightful and chilling look at crime, punishment and the justice system throughout the years and what an old cell block and prison would have looked like.

A guided tour is included in the ticket price and these are available in both Dutch and English – English tours are only available on Sundays however.

For an interesting and revealing look at the history of crime and punishment throughout history, the Prison Gate Museum is a great place to visit.

14. Palace Noordeinde

Palace Noordeinde

The Noordeinde Palace is a palatial building belonging to the Dutch royal family and is one of the three official palaces they own.

In its early years, the palace actually operated as a medieval farmhouse around 1500. After this it was converted into a palace and has seen many different royal owners over the years.

In later years the once residential palace, was turned into an actual working palace where the Dutch Royalty conduct many of their affairs of state.

It is really interesting to see this grand structure with its imposing iron gates and impressive design.

15. Lange Voorhout

Lange Voorhout

This is a beautiful street in the centre of Den Haag located in the old city centre and provides a fantastic place to walk, admire and relax.

The street is quite wide and has two roads and a central section both lined with a fine array of trees.

18th century buildings line the street and there are many important building here including the Escher Museum embassies of the UK and US, a monument to Prince Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

15 Best Things to Do in The Hague (The Netherlands):

  • Mauritshuis Museum
  • Madurodam Model City
  • The Binnenhof
  • Mesdag Museum
  • The beach and promenade
  • Drievliet Amusement Park
  • Peace Palace
  • The Hague Tower
  • Grote of Sint Jacobskerk
  • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
  • Landgoed Clingendael Park
  • The Prison Gate Museum
  • Palace Noordeinde
  • Lange Voorhout

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The Top 10 Things To Do And See In The Hague

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The Hague is the third-largest city in The Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and it is most notably the seat of the government for The Netherlands. However, what most don’t know is that The Hague is rich in history, culture, and especially, art — there are numerous museums and beautiful architectural structures worth visiting. Read our list to discover the top 10 things to do and see in The Hague.

1. escher in het paleis, escher in het paleis.

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Escher in Het Paleis museum exterior Lange Voorhout boulevard Den Haag the Hague the Netherlands Europe © Peter Forsberg / Alamy | © Peter Forsberg / Alamy

2. Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk

Grote of sint-jacobskerk.

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3. Binnenhof

Historical Landmark

5. Mauritshuis Museum

Mauritshuis at Binnenhof in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands, Benelux

Home to mostly Dutch Golden Age paintings, the Mauritshuis Museum is a cultural must in The Hague. See famous paintings, such as ‘The Girl With the Pearl Earring’ by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. There are also works by famous Spanish painter Diego Velasquez, as well as self-portraits from other prominent artists. Spend the day exploring the art on the walls, or attend one of their many programs. On Mondays, guests can attend ‘Cup of Art,’ a short art talk given by a member of the staff discussing a particular painting, artist, or subject. There are other monthly lectures that take place, in addition to learning opportunities for kids. Try your own hand at art by enrolling in their short courses, or sit back and enjoy live jazz on Thursday nights.

Price: Mid-Range

Opening Hours: 1:00pm-6:00pm Monday, 10:00am-6:00pm Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday, 10:00am-6:00pm Friday-Sunday

Watch out for: family days on the last Sunday of each month

Address and Telephone: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag, NL

6. Ridderzaal

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7. Louwman Museum

Library, Museum, Shop

Louwman Museum

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8. Museum Mesdag

Museum, Shop

Museum Mesdag

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9. Familiepark Drievliet

Amusement Park, Museum, Park

Familiepark Drievliet

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10. Panorama Mesdag


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By Carl Austin · Last updated on November 6, 2023

Filled with wonderful old buildings, The Hague, known as Den Haag in Dutch, fits many visitors’ pre-conceived notions of how a city in the Netherlands should look. Though not the capital, it is the seat of the Dutch government and is referred to as the International City of Peace and Justice because so many organizations such as the World Court devoted to world peace can be found here. This bustling city of old-world charm is home to numerous museums that house some of the world’s greatest art collections, The Hague also is known for its seaside atmosphere, with great beaches to be found at Kijkduin and Scheveningen, a fishing village in an earlier life.

10. Japanese Garden at Clingendael [SEE MAP]

Japanese Garden at Clingendael

Clingendael Park is considered the most impressive park in The Hague, a place that is home to many beautiful gardens. But this four centuries old garden is best known for its Japanese Garden, created in the 20th century by a baroness who brought back items, such as sculptures and bridges, from her many trips to Japan. The garden contains lush vegetation, including mosses, an island with turtles and a stone crane – the turtle and crane are symbols of long life. The Japanese Garden is a popular The Hague attractions because it’s the only one from this time period in the Netherlands.

9. Peace Palace [SEE MAP]

Peace Palace

The Hague is known as the International City of Peace and Justice. Nothing says this more than the iconic Peace Palace, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013. Steel magnate Andrew Carnegie funded the building of the Peace Palace, and it remains the property of the Carnegie Foundation today. This Hague landmark houses several important international organizations, including the World Court, Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Peace Palace Library. Guided tours of the facility are available on weekends. A visitor center, with information available in seven languages, is open every day, however.

8. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag [SEE MAP]

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is a multi-faceted museum that includes exhibitions not only by well-known artists but also exhibitions on fashion, ceramics and music, among others. Considered one of the most beautiful museums in the Netherlands, the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s contemporary arts division has the largest collection of Mondrians, including Victory Boogie Woogie, in the world. Visitors say the Art Deco building that houses the museum also is worth a closer inspection. The museum, also known as the Municipal Museum, is outside the city center, but easily accessible by bus.

7. Louwman Museum [SEE MAP]

Louwman Museum

After looking at masterpieces on canvas, visitors may want to look at another type of masterpiece: antique and classic cars. The Louwman Museum contains more than 250 antique and classic autos, including vehicles dating back to 1886 as well as early motorcycles. Top cars include a Jaguar XKD 606 that won Le Mans in 1957 and a Laconda that won in 1935. The entire collection is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful private collections of classic cars in the world. The museum also has a collection of automobile related art, such as posters.

6. Escher in Het Paleis [SEE MAP]

Escher in Het Paleis

Maurits Cornelis Escher is considered one of the world’s greatest graphic artists, though he died in 1922. He was a master at drawing optical illusions. Escher’s masterpieces include Air and Water, in which birds become fish, and Waterfall, with water flowing upwards. The gallery of his art works is housed in the Palace Museum, which was once a winter residence for Dutch queens. The permanent exhibition includes a virtual reality display that allows visitors to more fully experience his unique artworks.

5. Madurodam [SEE MAP]


The smallest city in the Netherlands, Madurodam is a 1:25 scale model of a Dutch city. It features traditional Dutch buildings and famous landmarks from around the country. Buildings, markets, canals, windmills, Schiphol Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, Dam Square, the Delta works are all perfectly replicated to the smallest detail. Instead of being a static miniature city, Madurodam is actually full of life. The windmills turn, airplanes land at the airport, trains run through the park and the boats are floating. Popular with both young and old, it is one of the most visited attractions in the Hague.

4. Panorama Mesdag [SEE MAP]

Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag definitely has lots of wow! factor. It’s a gigantic circular mural that is 14 meters (46 feet) high and more than 120 meters (280 feet) in circumference. It is a painting of the sea, dunes and the village of Scheveningen as it was in 1881. It was pained by Hendrik Wilhelm Mesdag, one of the most important painters from The Hague School. The mural is so huge, a special building was constructed to house it. Panorama Mesdag is the oldest 19th century mural that is still on the site it was built on.

3. Mauritshuis [SEE MAP]


Mauritshuis Museum provides an amazing opportunity to view some of the finest paintings from the Dutch Golden Age of Painting. It is home to 841 works by great artists such as Hans Holbein the Young, Frans Hals, Rubens (Night Scene), Rembrandt (Self-Portrait) and Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring). The museum is housed in a 17th century Dutch Classicist house that belonged to a nobleman. This little known museum (outside the Netherlands, that is) attracts about a quarter million visitors a year.

2. Scheveningen Boulevard [SEE MAP]

Scheveningen Boulevard

Scheveningen Boulevard is a wide boulevard that runs along the beach at Scheveningen, once a sleepy fishing village and now a seaside resort. One top attraction is the Scheveningen Pier, a promenade that dates back to the early 20th century; today, it is an entertainment and shopping complex. The Kurhaus also is a must-see; it’s a large hotel that started out as a bathhouse in the 19th century, and has since played host to famous people from Churchill to Bon Jovi. The Sculptures by the Sea focuses on international sculpture works. It is notable because it’s built underground instead of atop the sand dunes.

1. Binnenhof [SEE MAP]

#1 of The Hague Attractions

Binnenhof is a 13th century castle that makes a mighty impressive home for the top government offices in the Netherlands. It’s where both houses of Parliament meet and houses the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Dutch prime minister. Once a series of buildings that were joined together, Binnenhof is famous as the oldest house of parliament in the world still in use today. The gothic structure is located in The Hague’s city center next to the Hofvijver pond. In the center stands the Ridderzaal or Knight’s Hall, the centerpiece of the castle, today used for ceremonial purposes. The Knight’s Hall is accessible in guided tours.

Best Time to Visit the Hague

The seat of the Dutch government, The Hague lies along the North Sea, just a forty-minute train journey southwest of Amsterdam. Summer is when most people visit as the weather is warm and you can sunbathe and swim at its popular seaside resort Scheveningen.

From June to September, temperatures average 19 to 21°C (66 to 70°F) with huge events like Parkpop and the Tong Tong Fair taking place. During these sunny months though, the city is quite crowded and expensive as are nearby day trip destinations like Delft and Leiden.

Hotel prices also rise in April as the Koningsnacht celebrations are so massive. Otherwise it and May are pleasant times to visit with many coming to see its beautiful blooming daffodils or all the tulips at Keukenhof.

As Den Haag is full of parks, autumn can also be lovely due to all the colourful leaves on the trees. Both it and the winter are by far the rainiest periods of the year though with the days also being shorter and gloomier.

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1. Madurodam


3 km from city center 1 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Madurodam is a captivating miniature park offering a delightful showcase of Dutch landmarks and scenes on a 1:25 scale. Visitors can marvel at meticulously crafted replicas of iconic structures, canal houses, windmills, and bustling city scenes.

2. Peace Palace

Peace Palace

2 km from city center 2 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Home to many international law administrative buildings

3. Escher Museum

Escher Museum

2 km from city center 3 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Escher Museum is home to the works of M.C. Escher. For those inclined towards arts and aesthetics a visit to the Escher Museum should be on top of the list. Graphic artist M.C Escher's works are on display in the museum.

4. Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk

Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk

1 km from city center 4 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk is A protestant church named after its high tower. Visit this church to experience what it's like to feel small against a building so grand in its beauty and solemn in demeanour. Architecture entusiasts will love the construction of the high tower after which the church is named.

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Panorama Mesdag

2 km from city center 5 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Panorama Mesdag is a museum of Panorama artworks by Hendrik Mesdag. With 360 degree view of the artwork, the phrase "bringing aart to life" takes on a whole new definition. Ideal for people who want to take an interest in art but are not sure where to start from.

6. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

3 km from city center 6 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is art museum known for its Mondarin collection. In fact the museum is home to the largest collection in the world. A treat for art buffs. This museum has a more modernistic feel in its architecture than the other older museums.

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7. Explore Gardens at Noordeinde Palace

Explore Gardens at  Noordeinde Palace

1 km from city center 7 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Noordeinde Palace is one of the three official palaces of the Dutch family. It is in the Prinsessewal. The Palace Gardens are accessible to the public on a daily basis between sunset and sundown, however the palace itself is closed for public viewing.

8. Explore Clingendael Park

Explore Clingendael Park

4 km from city center 8 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The 17th-century manor house and surrounding parkland called Clingendael is located outside the Hague in the region of Wassenaar. Clingendael is considered to be one of the most appealing areas in the Netherlands. The natural beauty of Clingendael Park is what attracts most tourists.

9. Walk Along Scheveningen Pier

Walk Along Scheveningen Pier

5 km from city center 9 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Scheveningen Pier is a pleasure pier on the Dutch coast of Scheveningen near The Hague. One of the pier’s most popular tourist attractions is the Ferris Wheel which constitutes 36 closed gondolas with air-conditioning. The pier is known for its promenade as well.

10. Ounting at Westduinpark

Ounting at Westduinpark

4 km from city center 10 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Westduinpark between Scheveningen and Kijkduin is one of the biggest nature reserves in the Hague. The safeguarded dune park has a diverse landscape with dense forests and open plains, moist dune valleys, and elevated dune tops and bunkers remains from the Second World War.

11. A Day Trip to Leidschendam

A Day Trip to Leidschendam

1 km from city center 11 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

Leidschendam is a city and a former municipality in the region of South Holland of the Netherlands. This city is known for its greenery and external facilities. Some of the largest shopping centres in the Netherlands and several international organisations and workspaces can be found here.

12. Enjoy at De Grote Market

Enjoy at De Grote Market

1 km from city center 12 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Grote Market in the city of Hague is a prior market square engulfed by bars and clubs. It has an impressive and active nightlife scenario and usually comes to life in the evening when the bars and restaurants open. The market is the focal point of the Hague’s renowned music scene.

13. Window-shop at the Passage

Window-shop at the Passage

1 km from city center 13 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Passage is the oldest shopping complex in the Hague. It consists various premium stores which include bookstores, shoe shops, boutiques, food outlets as well as everyday goods. As one enters the complex, one can even find walkways, glass domes, and ornamented facades.

14. Mauritshuis


1 km from city center 14 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Mauritshuis is a box-shaped museum showcasing fantastic paintings. The present collection features around 800 paintings of 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish masters like the works of Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Paulus Potter, and other renowned painters.

15. Binnenhof


1 km from city center 15 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings next to the Hofvijver Lake, a Court Pond. The most attractive part of the complex is the Gothic Ridderzaal also known as the 'Hall of Knights', originally built as a ballroom, which today sets up the center of the Binnenhof.

16. Join Walking Tour

Join Walking Tour

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Walking through the Hague routes is altogether a unique journey that will make you familiar with the rich history of the city and take you to the hidden gems of the Hague such as the beaches, restaurants, places, Museums, gardens, Churches, and shopping streets.

17. Shop at Hague Market

Shop at Hague Market

1 km from city center 17 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Hague Market is one of the biggest multicultural outdoor markets in Europe located on Herman Costerstraat. The market is commonly known for its unique range of antiquities, modern, and inexpensive products that reflect the multicultural aspect of the city's population.

18. Children's Book Museum

Children's Book Museum

2 km from city center 18 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

The Children's book museum is located in the Royal Library building of Hague, Netherlands is a museum dedicated to Dutch language children's books where children can know and learn about literature in a fun and playful manner.

19. Scheveningen Beach

Scheveningen Beach

6 km from city center 19 out of 19 Things To Do in The Hague

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16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Netherlands

Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated May 11, 2023

The Netherlands is known everywhere as a land of windmills, canals, and tulips, and today's visitors certainly will find these among its many tourist attractions.

Tulips and windmill at Keukenhof, Lisse, The Netherlands

But along with the country's many breathtaking gardens and picturesque villages, those sightseeing here will also find the vibrant cities, like Amsterdam, filled with museums showcasing a rich heritage of artists (think Rembrandt and Van Gogh). Other places to visit include numerous medieval castles and cityscapes, along with a 13,800-acre national park, and a tide control system that's been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World .

Given the relatively small size of The Netherlands, all these attractions and fun things to do are within a relatively compact area, and the landscape is quite flat (the highest elevation is barely a thousand feet above sea level).

Consequently, it's extremely easy to do at least a little of your sightseeing the Dutch way: by bicycle. Many of the top travel destinations and major cities in the Netherlands actively encourage the use of pedal-power and provide free bikes to explore the sights. However you choose to see the Netherlands, you're guaranteed a great time in one of the friendliest and most liberal cultures in Europe.

Be sure to plan your travel itinerary with our list of the top tourist attractions in The Netherlands.

1. Jordaan and Amsterdam's Canals

2. keukenhof, lisse, 3. rijksmuseum, amsterdam, 4. historic binnenhof, the hague, 5. anne frank house, amsterdam, 6. oude haven, rotterdam, 7. van gogh museum, amsterdam, 8. the windmills of kinderdijk, 9. de hoge veluwe national park, otterlo, 10. cathedral square, utrecht, 11. the ijsselmeer (zuiderzee), enkhuizen, 12. delta works: zeeland's spectacular dikes, 13. historic valkenburg, 14. royal delft, delft, 15. de haar castle, 16. the netherlands open air museum, best time to visit the netherlands.

Canal in Amsterdam

Highlight : Explore Amsterdam's canals and historic neighborhoods by boat and on foot

Canals are as important a part of Amsterdam's cityscape as they are to the city of Venice, and some of the most enduring memories for any visitor are the time spent exploring the city's wonderful waterways.

While many of Amsterdam's best tourist attractions can easily be accessed by boat tour or water taxi — including most of the major museums and art galleries — nothing beats strolling along the smaller, quieter streets that line the waterways.

Particularly charming is the Jordaan, a neighborhood built in the early 1600s to house workers and immigrants drawn here for the city's religious tolerance. Along with its small canal-side houses, look for the neighborhood's many "hofjes," the quaint inner courtyards hidden behind the buildings.

Jordaan and Amsterdam's Canals

Another photo-worthy neighborhood is the Grachtengordel , with its many small bridges and quaint 17th-century homes. You'll be rewarded as you explore these 400-year-old streets with examples of beautiful architecture, small boutique shops, cafés, and gardens. Be sure to look out for the many houseboats moored along the canals.

Just a 10-minute stroll away is Dam Square, a must-visit when in Amsterdam. In addition to its numerous restaurants, cafés, and shops this vast public square is home to some of the city's most-visited tourist attractions. These include the spectacular Royal Palace (Koninklijk Palace); the attractive New Church (Nieuwe Kerk); and the country's most important war memorial, the National Memorial Statue .


Highlight : Europe's largest collection of tulips with miles of walking trails and hot houses

Think of the Netherlands, and you'll inevitably think of tulips, the country's most popular flower. And one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Netherlands showcases these and other spring bulbs in spectacular abundance. Given its handy location relative to Amsterdam — it's a 45-minute drive away, or just under an hour by public transit — it makes for a fun and easy day trip from the country's largest city.

Keukenhof, otherwise known as the "Garden of Europe," is located on the outskirts of the town of Lisse in what's widely considered the "bulb belt" of the Netherlands. The largest public garden in the world, it boasts more than 70 acres of what was once the former kitchen (or "keuken") garden of a large country estate, Keukenhof displays more than 700 varieties of tulips, which are at their height in April and May.

But thanks to its massive commercial hot houses, the display continues almost year-round. In these, you'll see endless rows of flowering tulips, along with thousands of hyacinths, crocuses, and daffodils.

Address: Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Highlight : A vast collection of famous artworks by artists including Rembrandt and Van Gogh

The spectacular Rijksmuseum , aka the National Museum, in Amsterdam's Museumplein (Museum Square) has been collecting rare art and antiquities since 1809. Not surprisingly, its extensive collection today amounts to nearly seven million works of art, including 5,000 paintings in more than 250 rooms, as well as a vast library with some 35,000 books.

Apart from its unique collection of old masters, this spectacular museum offers an exhaustive account of the development of art and culture in The Netherlands and is especially rich in traditional Dutch handicrafts, medieval sculpture, and modern art. Be prepared to spend the best part of a day — or longer — exploring this museum's endless treasures.

If you've time to squeeze a little more Rembrandt into your Amsterdam travel itinerary, here's a must-visit for you: the Rembrandt House Museum , located in the city's historic Jewish Quarter. Many of his best-known works were painted during the 20 years the great artist spent here, with some still recognizable scenes from the neighborhood.

The house remains much as it would have been during Rembrandt's life (guided tours are available). You can enhance your experience by booking a stay close by at Luxury Suites Amsterdam , located just steps away from the museum and one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam for those who enjoy luxury accommodations.

Address: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands

Binnenhof, The Hague

Highlights : Historic capital of the Netherlands with well-preserved architecture and parliament

Known the world over as the location of the International Court of Justice, The Hague (Den Haag) is also the political center of The Netherlands. It's here the country's government does their work, and where you'll find the home of the Dutch Royal Family in Noordeinde Palace.

The Hague also makes for an excellent travel destination for visitors wanting to get a taste of the country's rich history. Whether you're staying here for a few days or visiting as a day trip from Amsterdam , start your exploration in the city's historic Binnenhof district. Literally translated as the "Inner Court," the Binnenhof dates back as far as 1250 CE. It's the oldest part of the city and a delight to explore on foot.

Set around a central courtyard, the attractive older buildings here once housed the country's ruling classes and have been remarkably well-preserved. The crown jewel here is the Knights' Hall (Ridderzaal). Built in the 13th century, this imposing castle-like building with its twin towers is still in use for government events, including the opening of parliament every September. Highlights include the Gothic hall with its stained-glass windows and wood-beamed ceiling.

Address: 2513 AA Den Haag, Netherlands

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Highlight : Hiding place of Anne Frank where she wrote her famous diary during WWII

The Anne Frank House is a must-see when in Amsterdam. On Prinsengracht , in the home where Anne's family hid for much of WWII (they were Jewish refugees from Frankfurt), is where this remarkable girl wrote her famous diary. Although she died just two months before the war ended, her legacy lives on through her words, which have since been translated into 51 languages.

The back of the fully-restored house where the Frank family had their hiding place has been kept in its original state as much as possible and is a poignant monument to a tragic slice of world history and a brave young woman who continues to inspire people around the globe.

A word of caution: tickets for this must-see attraction do sell out, so be sure to reserve yours online well ahead of time. And if you're visiting in warmer weather — spring and summer are widely considered some of the best times to visit Amsterdam — be sure to allow time to explore the surrounding area with its charming old canals on foot.

Address: Prinsengracht 263-267, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oude Haven, Rotterdam

Highlights : Europe's largest port with a historic harbor area, vessels, and museums

Located an easy one-hour train ride from Amsterdam, the port city of Rotterdam is well worth visiting for its well-preserved Old Harbour, or Oude Haven. The city has a long and rich maritime history thanks largely to its location on the Nieuwe Maas, an arm of the Rhine River, and its proximity to the English Channel.

Part of Rotterdam's superb Maritime District, Oude Haven is ideal for those who enjoy seeing the sights on foot. The harbor is chock-full of old houseboats and sailing ships, many of them on display at the Maritime Museum Rotterdam .

In addition to the 20 or so historic vessels on display in the water, a variety of indoor displays can also be enjoyed, including a replica of a vessel dating back over 2,000 years.

Address: Leuvehaven 1, 3011 EA Rotterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Highlights : One of the world's top art museums focusing on the work of Vincent Van Gogh

As befits one of the world's greatest artists, the spectacular Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is ranked an impressive #2 in a leading list of the top art museums globally, attracting almost 1.5 million visitors each year.

Home to the world's largest collection of Van Gogh paintings — many donated by the artist's family — this impressive gallery and museum was specially built to showcase the more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and 700 letters in its vast collection.

Works by his contemporaries are also on display. A highlight is participating in the museum's new "Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience," which offers a fascinating, high-tech, interactive look at the artist's life and times, as well as his best-known work.

If the city's excellent museums are your priority, you may in fact want to consider visiting them off-season during the quieter, cooler times of year. Given that both these popular attractions are things to do indoors and easy to get to via the city's excellent public transit, it's easy to keep warm, and the city's climate is relatively mild, even in winter.

Address: Museumplein 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Windmills of Kinderdijk

Highlight : The largest collection of preserved historic windmills in the Netherlands

On the River Noord between Rotterdam and Dordrecht is the famous village of Kinderdijk ("Children's Dike"), which takes its name from an incident during the St. Elizabeth's Day flood of 1421 after a child's cradle had been stranded on the dike.

The big draw these days are the fantastically preserved 18th-century windmills. Now UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the 19 Kinderdijk windmills, built between 1722 and 1761, are the largest surviving concentration of windmills in the Netherlands.

Originally used to drain the fenlands, these majestic buildings with their impressive 92-foot sails are open to the public from April to October, including special Mill Days when the sails are set in motion. These picturesque windmills make for a fun excursion for those based in Rotterdam during their Netherlands stay.

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De Hoge Veluwe National Park

Highlights : Vast national park with hiking, biking, wildlife, horseback riding, and camping

You may be surprised to learn that the Netherlands, a relatively small country, boasts one of the world's most diverse national park programs. The largest is De Hoge Veluwe National Park (Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe), between Arnhem and Apeldoorn, rightly considered one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands for outdoor enthusiasts .

Covering nearly 13,800 acres, this national park is the largest continuous nature reserve in the country, as well as being one of the most popular day trip destinations for locals and visitors alike. Featuring dense woodlands in the north, as well as a fascinating sculpture park, the area was once a country estate and hunting reserve, and to this day is home to many red and roe deer.

The best-preserved part of the park encompasses an area of dramatic dunes interspersed with heath and woodland and interrupted in the south and east by moraines up to 100 meters high. It's also a popular area for bird-watching, as well as hiking and biking (use of bikes is free to visitors).

The highlight of this beautiful park for many — and the reason many people choose to come here — is the outstanding Kröller-Müller Museum (Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller), housing the world's second-largest collection of works by Van Gogh. In addition, the collections include Impressionist and Expressionist paintings by Cézanne, Manet, Monet, and Renoir. Outdoors, one of Europe's largest sculpture gardens shows works by Rodin, Hepworth, Dubuffet, and others.

Address: Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo, Netherlands

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St. Martin's Cathedral, or Dom Church in Utrecht

Highlights : Pedestrian-friendly old city center, cathedral tower with views, and museums

A popular tourist destination for its many fine historic buildings, the Dutch city of Utrecht should definitely be included on your Netherlands travel itinerary.

Start your exploration of this pedestrian-friendly city in Cathedral Square. The Domplein, as it's known locally, is the site of St. Martin's Cathedral, or Dom Church (Domkerk). Although founded in 1254, much of what you see dates from the 14th and 15th centuries.

You'll also want to visit the Domtoren , a surviving stand-alone church tower built in the 1300s that rises high above the surrounding buildings. Be sure to make the climb up to the viewing platforms for its superb views over Utrecht. Although there are 465 steps to climb, the guided tour that comes with the climb is an excellent introduction to the city's rich history.

Address: Achter de Dom 1, 3512 JN Utrecht, Netherlands

The Ijsselmeer (Zuiderzee)

Highlights : Beautiful lake region with historic waterways, quaint villages, and cultural attractions

Among the most beautiful villages in the Netherlands are the small hamlets along the Ijsselmeer (Lake Ijssel), the freshwater lake that resulted from the closing of the sea entrance to the Zuider Zee. These towns flourished during Amsterdam's Golden Age, when they had access to the Atlantic and prospered as fishing and trade centers, but lost importance as the harbors silted up.

Today, they're among the most photographed tourist attractions in the country. Time seems to have stood still for the fishing village of Marken and the seaports of Volendam and Enkhuizen , where many of the colorful houses have become museums and shops.

Enkhuizen has preserved many of its buildings and seafaring industries in the open-air Zuiderzee Museum , where the cultural heritage and maritime history of the old Zuiderzee region is preserved. Here, you can see craftsmen at work learning old maritime skills. In Volendam's harbor, you can see a collection of colorful old wooden boats.

Address: Wierdijk 12 - 22, Enkhuizen, Netherlands

Delta Works

Highlights : Modern dike system with dams, canals, and visitor center

Incorporating the deltas of the Rhine, the Maas, and the Schelde Rivers, Zeeland includes the numerous islands and peninsulas of the southwestern section of the Netherlands. Much of this area of recently formed land is below sea level and therefore reliant upon impressive dikes, as well as modern flood prevention techniques.

As you travel the area, you'll see evidence of the mega-engineering project known as the Delta Works . These massive structures — basically hi-tech dams — can control how much water enters the area's key estuaries from the North Sea.

Consisting of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, and storm-surge barriers, this awe-inspiring US$7 billion project has been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

Historic Valkenburg

Highlights : Medieval village with preserved buildings, castle ruins, and large spa complex

For those looking for a little ancient history, the Netherlands is not without its own medieval (and earlier) attractions. Romantic little Valkenburg, in the picturesque Geul Valley, boasts the country's only hilltop castle,. Long a popular holiday resort, the town's other big draws are its many caves and the spa facilities at Thermae 2000 , one of the largest such establishments in the Netherlands.

In addition to the ruins of the 12th-century castle on Dwingelrots (Castle Rock), there's also the interesting 14th-century St. Nicolaaskerk Basilica . Another highlight is the town's famous Christmas Market (mid-November to December 23rd) held in the Velvet Caves, the maze of old passageways leading to and from the castle.

Royal Delft porcelain vases for sale in Delft, The Netherlands

Highlight : Home of the famous Royal Delft pottery with factory tours and shopping

Located between the cities of The Hague and Rotterdam (and therefore easy to get to), Delft is known the world over for its famous blue and white porcelain products. Delftware, as it's usually known, has adorned shelves and dining rooms the world over since the 1600s, and remains as popular today as it was back then.

Known in English as Royal Delft , the original manufacturer, Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles N.V., has been around since 1653 and offers a variety of fun experiences for visitors.

In addition to informative tours of the factory, including a chance to see talented artisans hand painting pottery, you can visit the factory's vast collection of Delftware, and even finish up with a posh afternoon tea experience in the on-site tea room.

Address: Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft, Netherlands

De Haar Castle

Highlights : Fairytale castle with huge grounds, hiking trails, and guided tours

Near the lovely old city of Utrecht, the fourth largest in the Netherlands, De Haar Castle (Kasteel De Haar) is the largest fortification in the country.

This spectacular castle, built by the famous Dutch architect PJH Cuypers, required so much land (it sits on a spectacular 250-acre park) that the entire village of Haarzuilens had to be relocated to accommodate it. While the original castle site was established in the 14th century, this newer structure dates from 1892 and is well worth taking the time to explore.

Inside, you'll be rewarded with impressive collections of antiques, furniture, paintings, and tapestries, but it's the gardens that really draw the crowds — along with the castle's fairy-tale looks.

Netherlands Open Air Museum

Highlights : Living history museum with costumed interpreters, cultural events, and interactive workshops

The city of Arnhem is well worth including on your Netherlands travel itinerary. Famous for its location on a branch of the Rhine River and the battles that ensued here during WWII, it's here you'll find the Netherlands Open Air Museum (Nederlands Openluchtmuseum).

This family-friendly attraction has provided visitors with a fascinating look at traditional Dutch lifestyles for well over 100 years, with costumed guides offering unique insights into cultural, farming, and manufacturing aspects of life up to the mechanization of the 1900s.

Authentic period homes, workshops, and businesses offer hands-on opportunities to learn about and appreciate once-common practices, from fishing to baking and even clog making. Other highlights include a still-operating vintage tram, cultural events and concerts, and fun kids' programs.

Address: Hoeferlaan 4, 6816 SG Arnhem, Netherlands

Classic spring scene in the Netherlands

As one of the most visited countries in Europe, the Netherlands can get pretty busy during the peak summer months, especially in July when the schools break up.

The spring shoulder months of April and May are a great time to visit Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands, with many of the country's best parks and gardens bursting into life with an abundance of greenery and flowers (tulips are everywhere in the Netherlands!).

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14 Cities With The Cleanest Air In The World, Ranked

  • Honolulu, USA, Auckland, New Zealand, and Brisbane, Australia are among the cities with the cleanest air in the world, thanks to their strict environmental regulations and low pollution levels.
  • Clean air in these cities makes them attractive destinations for travelers who want to experience natural beauty, outdoor activities, and vibrant cultural scenes.
  • Geneva, Switzerland, Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden are also known for their clean air, making them ideal places to visit for environmentally conscious tourists.

Air pollution is a global trend as the world continues to grow in industrialization. Some cities of the world are highly polluted, and the air quality in them poses a health risk to both locals and visitors. However, some cities still boast cleaner air quality due to greener environments and tough environmental regulations.

Such cities are great to visit and even live in because one will not have to put up with polluted skies or breathe in contaminated air. Without further ado, here are the top cities in the world with the cleanest air.

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More Cities With The Cleanest Air In The World, Ranked

Although it is nearly impossible to get clean air in large metropolitan areas, certain cities and nations are making an effort to maintain a clean environment by lowering carbon emissions and reducing pollution levels. This list has been updated with four more cities with the best air quality in the world, making them the best places to live and travel.

Honolulu, USA

The American city of Honolulu takes great pride in claiming to have some of the cleanest air in the world. Its geographical location and Hawaii's strict environmental regulations result in clean air conditions.

Honolulu is a popular tourist destination with a lot to discover and experience , including natural splendor, cultural richness, and recreational opportunities. Visitors swarm to Hawaii for its breathtaking beaches, especially the famous Waikiki, historical landmarks, and outdoor activities, including hiking, marine life exploration, and cultural appreciation. Plus, its tropical climate, inviting aloha spirit, and delectable cuisine are a treat for visitors.

  • Top Attractions: Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head State Monument, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Iolani Palace

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand, is one of the best cities in the world to visit , not only because of its incredible sights, whale-watching opportunities, and adjacent volcanic islands but also for the excellent air quality. The city has some of the world's cleanest air, all thanks to strict environmental policies and a commitment to sustainable practices.

Beyond its clean air, Auckland is home to many stunning beaches, forests, mountains, and over 50 islands. There are three captivating wine regions that add to its allure. The city's great nightlife, vibrant cultural scene, diverse cuisine, and numerous outdoor activities make it an appealing tourist destination for anyone seeking both indulgence and relaxation.

  • Top Attractions: Sky Tower, Auckland Museum, Waiheke Island, Auckland Zoo, Piha Beach

Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, the scenic jewel of Queensland, is a bustling metropolis with an astounding number of exciting attractions . Brisbane's air quality is another draw for travelers. Situated along the southeastern coast, the city's pristine air is a result of low industrial pollution, strict air quality laws, and efforts to limit emissions.

Brisbane has a picturesque riverfront, world-class dining, and a thriving arts scene. The city also serves as a gateway to the stunning Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, two of Australia's natural wonders, making it a popular destination for both adventure buffs and outdoor lovers.

  • Top Attractions: South Bank Parklands, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Geneva, Switzerland

With very low pollution levels, the city's policies for a clean city, efficient public transportation, and support for sustainable development, Geneva is another Switzerland city that made it onto this list of the cities with the cleanest air in the world.

Geneva's clean air quality adds to the city's attraction as a top tourist destination. The proud home of the UN, the city entices tourists with its picturesque lakeside setting, rich cultural heritage, and world-class dining . Visitors can stroll through the old town to appreciate historical architecture, splurge on designer goods, and engage in outdoor activities amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

  • Top Attractions: Jet d'Eau, United Nations Office at Geneva, St. Pierre Cathedral, Lake Geneva, Palais des Nations

Oslo, Norway

Oslo is the capital city of Norway and the country's most populous city. It's a calm city for business and relaxation and enjoys a moderate population. The city is also a global maritime destination, housing some of the world's top maritime companies.

The air in Oslo is fresh and clean, boasting a moderate air quality index, which makes it one of the world's most livable cities. Norway generally has clean air, and this also contributes to the amazing visibility, which makes it easy to see its most beautiful places .

  • Top attractions: Akershus Fortress, Folk Museum of Norway, Norwegian Maritime Museum

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and one of the most amazing cities in the European Union, renowned for its number of bridges and landscapes. The city comprises 14 islands, making it a waterfront capital.

However, there's one thing yet outstanding about this Swedish capital. It's the air quality that is a major draw for environmentally conscious visitors. The city enjoys a fair air quality index, which is termed safe and moderate for breathing, even as the most populated Swedish city.

  • Top attractions: The Royal Palace, Vasa Museum, Djurgarden, the National Museum of Fine Arts

Victoria, Canada

On the southernmost point of Vancouver Island, off the Pacific coast of Canada, is the city of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia province. Nicknamed the "Garden City," Victoria comprises many parklands, trees, and gardens, making it a popular tourist destination in Canada.

Residents and tourists of this beautiful city enjoy better air quality which is on the safe side of the air quality index rankings. One won't need a face mask for protection against toxic air pollutants because the city has a relatively untainted atmosphere.

  • Top attractions: Royal BC Museum, the Butchart Gardens, Craigdarroch Castle

Related: 10 Awesome Things To Do In Victoria, British Columbia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is a quiet and charming city perched on a scenic bay of the Gulf of Finland's shore, north of Estonia. Despite having a population of fewer than 500,000 people, the city is still the most populous in Estonia. With the surrounding bay, fewer industrial centers, and trees, it's no surprise the air quality here is super clean.

Once in Tallinn, visitors can soak in one of the purest forms of air, unspoiled by pollutants and industrialization.

  • Top attractions: Tallinn's Old Town, Tallinn TV Tower, Toompea Castle

Related: Why Estonia's Historic Capital City Of Tallinn Is Worth Visiting

The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague in the Netherlands is one of the world's most famous cities for hosting the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. These two international courts attract several visitors to the Hague annually from across the world, but still, its air remains clean.

This is partly due to the ocean air since the city is on the Netherlands' west coast overlooking the North Sea. Also, there are strict Dutch laws that limit the emission of harmful substances and prevent the exposure of humans to long-term pollution.

  • Top attractions: Louwman Museum, the Peace Palace, Duivenvoorde Castle

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is Sweden's second-largest city, situated on its west coast. The city has a low population density, which helps to keep the air moderately pure and safe for breathing.

Other factors, such as the air from the West Coast, the many parks and gardens, trees in its boulevards, and environmental laws, help to keep the air quality in Gothenburg cleaner and safer.

Sweden is also one of the world's most livable cities with a better quality of life, which is partly due to its less toxic atmosphere.

  • Top attractions: Gothenburg Museum of Art, Liseberg Amusement Park, Gothenburg Botanical Garden

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is a picturesque city on the north side of Lake Zurich, Switzerland, and it's the country's largest city. The city, beyond its jaw-dropping beauty, is a major financial hub in the heart of Europe and the most famous city in Switzerland.

The air quality here is as clean as the city's beauty, and Zurich has been on the list of cities with the cleanest air in the world for several decades. While tourists troop in to behold the city's elegance, the air quality is the icing on the cake of their experiences.

  • Top attractions: Lake Zurich, Swiss National Museum, FIFA Museum

Related: 9 Things To Do In Zürich: Complete Guide To Switzerland's Vibrant Hub

Helsinki, Finland

Finland's capital and most populous city is also the social, cultural, and political nerve center of the country. Yet, the air in Helsinki is clean, breathable, and considered one of the safest in the world for humans.

This air quality is partly due to the many forests that surround the country. Helsinki is also one of the world's most livable cities. Certainly, air quality plays a major role in this livability ranking because air pollution makes most cities unsafe or unlivable.

  • Top attractions: Ateneun Art Museum, Helsinki Railway Station, Korkeasaari Zoo

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is one of the most populated countries in the European Union, housing nearly half of the entire nation's population, but this has not stopped it from being one of the cities with the cleanest air in the world. The city still boasts an impressive air quality index, which is considered fairly safe for locals and tourists.

Besides being one of the cities with the cleanest air in the world, Vienna is also known for many other amazing things. It is also known as one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world , the city with the biggest Christmas market in the world , and the city of music/ most beautiful city in Europe .

  • Top attractions: Imperial Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, Belvedere Palace, Vienna Zoo, Vienna State Opera House

Reykjavik, Iceland

Despite being the largest city in Iceland and a melting pot for all kinds of activities, Reyjavik remains one of the safest cities in the country to take deep breaths without worrying about getting one’s lungs contaminated with pollution.

Reykjavik is also one of the world's cleanest and greenest cities, making it a hub for global tourism. If one is looking for a laid-back and beautiful city with exceptional and fine air quality, Reykjavik is the place to be.

  • Top attractions: Hallgrimskirkja Church, Harpa concert hall, Bruarfoss waterfall

Seeing the sights during travel often involves traipsing through polluted cities, but with these travel destinations, clean air is a highlight.

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