10 Reasons to Visit The Hague, Netherlands

Binnenhof
Binnenhof | © pixbay
Tom Coggins

The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands and the country’s political centre. Like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht, the city is located within a densely urbanised area called de Randstad and is therefore easily accessible from most parts of North or South Holland. To prepare travellers for the next trip to the Netherlands, we’ve put together following incentives to visit the Hague whilst within Dutch borders.

Music festivals

Several music festivals take place in the Hague every year. This schedule includes two avant-garde, electronically-orientated festivals called Rewire and TodaysArt that always book an impressive number of cutting-edge artists, producers and bands.

An installation at Todaysart

Shopping

De Bijenkorf

Beaches

During sunny spells legions of Dutch people flock to the Hague’s coastal districts such as Scheveningen or Kijkduin. These seaside resorts are staples of Dutch summertime and feature many awesome attractions including a gigantic leisure pier, golden sands and traditional fish vendors.

Scheveningen pier

Maurithuis

Mauritshuis in the Hague has housed the Royal Cabinet of Paintings since 1822 and currently displays many important paintings from the 17th century including Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. The building itself is an absolute masterpiece and was built by the famed architect Jacob van Campen, who also designed Amsterdam’s Royal Palace.

Madurodam

This charming miniature theme park features hundreds of scale models that perfectly replicate many famous Dutch landmarks and cities. The park operates under as a non-profit organisation and therefore donates its proceeds to charity.

A miniature Binnehof inside Madurodam

The Escher Museum

M.C. Escher was among the most celebrated and influential designers from the last century and created hundreds of unique artworks that were inspired by mathematical concepts like infinity, impossible objects and tessellation. Many of his famous woodcuts, illustrations, and lithographs are on display in the Hague at the Escher Museum.

The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof is the oldest surviving House of Parliament in the world and has acted as the political centre of the Netherlands for over 400 years. Many parts of the complex were built long before parliament was established in the Netherlands and date back to the late medieval period.

The Binnenhof by night

Peace Palace

Several important legal organisations reside inside The Hague’s Peace Palace and the building contains the International Court of Justice. It is possible to take guided tours through the palace during specific weekends throughout the year.

The Peace Palace

Gemeentemuseum

The Hague’s Gemeentemusuem was designed by celebrated modernist architect H.P. Berlage whose work also includes Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. This wonderful museum mainly collects modern artworks and has the largest Mondriaan collection in the world.

Gemeentemuseum

Haagse Market

The Hague’s principle outdoor market takes place four times a week and regularly attracts around 35,000 people over the course of one day. This charming, multicultural market features over 500 stalls that sell a massive range of food, clothing and flowers.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article