The Top 10 Things To Do And See In The Hague

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Shyla Watson

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

Museum

Escher in Het Paleis

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

Gothic government building

Built in the 13th century, Binnenhof is a gothic castle situated along the lake, Hofvijver. The collection of buildings is now used as the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, as well as for the States General of the Netherlands, and Ministry of General Affairs. The structure is rich with Dutch heritage and is the oldest in-use House of Parliament in the world. Take a boat ride on the lake to get a waterfront view of the exquisite court, or get a close-up view from the mainland. For a small fee, you can make a reservation for a guided-tour of the interior. Roam the halls while learning about the exciting history that has taken place at Binnenhof.

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday

Watch out for: most tours conducted in Dutch

4. Madurodam

Madurodam

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5. Mauritshuis Museum

Museum

Mauritshuis at Binnenhof in The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands, Benelux
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Popular art museum

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

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

Museum

THE HAGUE HOLLAND
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360º art of the sea

Dutch painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag, whom there is a museum dedicated to in The Hague, was a very creative artist. In 1881, he painted an elaborate 360-degree panoramic of the fishing village, Scheveningen, and the adjacent sea and dunes. The cylindrical painting is over 45 feet high and almost 400 feet long. This is an incredible piece of artwork to see, not only for the beautiful painting skill, but also because the image itself is such an important part of Hague history and culture. There is a gazebo in the center where visitors may stand to get a full view of the work, as well as appear as if they are in the painting themselves. Panorama Mesdag is quite the site!

Price: Budget

Opening Hours: 10:00am-5:00pm Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday

Watch out for: wheelchair access by appointment only

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