9 must-do things in The Hague

Visiting The Hague: what are the best things to see and do in the so-called « international city of peace and justice »?

Follow us to The Hague to discover a whole new face of the Netherlands. This popular royal city is located in the west of the Netherlands. Despite its 460,000 inhabitants, the city, which is the seat of Parliament, is more like a peaceful, timeless village. Some say it’s one of Holland’s most extraordinary cities, with its many monuments, historic districts and coastal location.

Wondering what to do in The Hague? This is the place!

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1. Amusement parks in Drievliet and Duinrell

Are you traveling with your family and wondering what to do in The Hague? Amusement parks, of course! The many spectacular attractions at Duinrell Park are sure to delight young and old alike. Water spinning top, Splash, Mad Mill… Laughter guaranteed! You can even sleep in one of the park’s bungalows, or at the campsite. As for Drievliet Park, it’s packed with thrilling rides and slides, as well as a host of activities for younger visitors.

2. Madurodam – Holland in Miniature

A must-see if you’re visiting The Hague is the miniature town of Madurodam. It’s the ideal place to discover what’s unique about Holland: mansions, flower fields, the cheese market, windmills, the Peace Palace, the Delta Plan… It’s all here!

Opened in 1952, Madurodam is one of Holland’s most emblematic parks. One of the country’s top 5 most-visited theme parks, it offers the perfect day out for visitors of all ages. Here you’ll discover the perfect combination of amusement park, historical heritage site and world-class nature. With over 5,500 miniature trees and 55,000 plant beds, the park is renowned for its scenic beauty.

3. Escher at the Palais

Musée Escher au Palais, La Haye

Photo credit: Flickr – Katie Humphry

Escher at the Palace is a permanent exhibition not to be missed if you’re staying in The Hague. Housed in a palace that once belonged to the royal family, in the city’s historic center, it features the works of cartoonist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 – 1972). His talent lay in creating impossible situations and optical illusions in woodcuts and graphic lithographs. You’ll be amazed and amused by his drawings. An experience to be savored!

4. Scheveningen & Kijkduin, The Hague’s seaside resorts

Scheveningen plage, La Haye

Photo credit: Flickr – Delawega

Discover Scheveningen! Once a small fishing village, Scheveningen is now an essential seaside resort. There’s always something going on: bars, cafés, restaurants, nightclubs… Over the years, Scheveningen has become a luxury mecca, frequented by the jet set! If you prefer a quieter, less blinged-out area, the Kijkduin is ideal. Whether on foot or by bike, you’ll appreciate its relaxed, summery atmosphere. After a dip in the sea, sit back and enjoy the view from one of the cafés lining the boulevard. If you want to enjoy The Hague on foot, don’t hesitate to opt for a tour of The Hague with a local.

5. Binnenhof

Also worth a visit is the Hague Binnenhof. This is the political center of the Netherlands, where all political issues and affairs of state are discussed. The buildings that make up the Binnenhof and its rich history make it an interesting place to visit if you’re visiting The Hague.

6. The Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis, La Haye

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This elegant residence, named after its patron, Count Jean Maurice de Nassau-Siegen, houses the largest museum in The Hague. It was founded around 1640 in pure classical style. Today, the Mauritshuis is the Royal Museum of Painting, one of the most prestigious in the world. Not only will you discover some of the best-known works of Dutch painting, but you’ll also have the pleasure of entering what was once a private home.

7. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The city’s museum, known locally as the  » Gemeentemuseum Den Haag « , was designed by architect H.P. Berlage. A landmark of modern architecture, the museum offers year-round exhibitions in the fields of visual art, applied arts and fashion.

8. The Sculpture Museum

This museum, more commonly known as Beelden aan Zee and set around a pavilion built for Queen Wilhelmina in 1826, brings together sculptures of the Scholten-Miltenburg couple by contemporary artists from all over the world. The theme of the collection is the universal image of the human being, including works depicting the human body. Ideal for visiting The Hague from an eclectic angle!

9. Clingendael

If you’re wondering what to do in The Hague to relax in a calm and serene setting, head for this former park of a private estate, Clingendael. You’ll be charmed by this immense green space featuring shaded meadows, numerous water features and a lovely Japanese garden.

How to get to The Hague

To get to The Hague, you’ll need to travel via Amsterdam or Rotterdam. If you want to get there by plane, you can find a cheap flight on the website of our partner Ulysse. Alternatively, the Thalys high-speed train makes several daily connections between Paris-Nord and Rotterdam. From there, you’ll need to take a connecting train to The Hague.

Where to stay in The Hague?

If you choose to visit The Hague, there are several neighborhoods to choose from!

The city center is central, Schilderswijk offers a colorful mix of cultures and the Hofkwartier offers a chic atmosphere. If you’re looking for lively, bustling places, we recommend Buurtschap 2005 or Zeeheldenkwartier, and for more tranquility, Belgisch Park is ideal. In The Hague, there’s something for every taste and budget. You can find a cheap hotel in The Hague by searching on this hotel comparator.

So you’re still wondering what to do in The Hague?

Map of hotels and accommodation – The Hague,nl