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7 things to do in The Hague

With a modern skyline and historic center, The Hague offers many more attractions than the political infrastructure it’s famous for. There are plenty of things to do, from shopping and sightseeing to lively nightlife. But first, see our list of what to see.

Binnenhof

Binnenhof

The political center of Holland, the Binnenhof is the oldest House of Parliament in the world. Tours are conducted in Dutch, so go for the audio guide, and book in advance.

Madurodam

Madurodam

Feel like a giant with a visit to the Madurodam – a miniature Amsterdam in the Scheveningen district. Updated regularly, and interactive to please kids, it’s a fun and wacky spot.

Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis

With work by Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, this is the place to visit for a sense of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. Kids go free.

The Peace Palace

The Peace Palace

Home of the International Courts of Justice, this is The Hague’s most famous attraction. Admission and audiotours are free, while a 45 minute guided tour costs 9.50€. Do book ahead.

Escher Museum
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Escher Museum

This museum in the Het Palais celebrates all things M.C. Escher – he of the mind-bending and intricate illustrations. Be fascinated by his imagination and optical illustions.

Louwman Museum
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Louwman Museum

Love cars? Don’t miss the world’s largest private collection of classic automobiles, dating back to 1886. Tickets cost 14.50€, with concessions for large groups and children.

Gemeente Museum

Gemeente Museum

Enjoy the largest Mondrian collection in the world at this funky museum, plus modern art, music, print and fashion exhibits. It's a great place for an introduction to Dutch art.

Planning Your The Hague Visit

Where should I stay?

Hostels are a cheap option for budget travellers, while there are plenty of hotels ranging from budget to boutique, particularly around the city center, where you’re a stone’s throw from the action. In recent years, serviced apartments have become another, popular alternative.

What is the weather like?

Wondering when to come? It’s nicest in August, so visit The Hague then for more sun and mild evenings. January is the coldest month. As Holland’s close to the sea, it can rain throughout the year, so bring your umbrella just in case!

How do I get there?

Rotterdam The Hague Airport is around 30 minutes with the train or the Airport Shuttle (Bus 50) from The Hague. The airport serves most major European business cities.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months offer the nicest weather and great foliage, plus fun outdoor festivals to keep everyone entertained.

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What people are saying about The Hague

Our guide, Gerda, was extremely knowledgeable and excellent.

Gerda was terrific and a wealth of knowledge. The Hague and Delft were amazing and it wa so shame to not have more time in both places. The Royal Delft tour was great. Thoroughly recommend this trip if you have limited time as I did.

Delft, The Hague and Madurodam: Half-Day Tour Reviewed by Karen, 05/12/2019

Very good guide but some of the guests...not so!

Pietre was a very good guide...easy to understand and very knowledgeable. We did enjoy the tour but were disappointed that we missed much of the Hague (International Court) because ignorant guests don't follow instructions as to when to return to the bus. We do think that Pietre should have enforced the time restriction even if it meant leaving people behind. The rest of us paid for a tour that, because of a few inconsiderate guests, was incomplete.

There’s more to see when you step outside Amsterdam

Top way to expand your experience of the Nederlands! A comfortable way to see the South Holland precinct. View The Hague area, see Delft township and witness the iconic pottery being made by craftspeople and see Rotterdam by Road and via the waterways. Don’t limit your experience if Holland just to Amsterdam this trip is worth it.

Highly recommend Rotterdam; an awesome place

This was our first visit in the Netherlands. Jan our tour guide displayed good humor, knowledge of the area where we are touring. He made our first visit very pleasant. Jan was very patient in answering our numerous questions. He brought us snacks and water which we truly appreciated. We highly recommend Jan as tour guide. He gave us his business card but we misplace it, hopefully you could send us some information so we could send a thank you note.

Fantastic exhibition - worth every penny

Even if you haven't heard of Escher or know his work this is a "must-do" exhibition. The whole exhibition is well organised and displayed tastefully throughout the rooms of the old palace without seeming to be out of place and enabling one to view details about the palace as well. Lots to keep both young and old entertained throughout, especially in the interaction section on the top floor - unfortunately the museum closed at 5:00 pm otherwise we would probably still be there!! The facilities such as the cloakroom, luggage store (as for all museums large bags must be stored in free lockers before viewing the exhibition) all in excellent condition. There is a audio tour that one could download for free onto your phone but we didn't do this as the process was time consuming and required too much personal information. But an audio tour wasn't actually required since all the exhibits & works had good descriptive information in both English & Dutch

The Hague: Escher in The Palace Museum Ticket Reviewed by Carrie, 06/13/2017