What to do and see in The Hague, The Netherlands: The Best Places and Tips

January 14, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

In a quirky Dutch-ism, Amsterdam may be the official capital of the Netherlands, but it’s The Hague (Den Haag) where the government sits (along with several international courts, for which the city’s best known). Cosmopolitan and cultured, The Hague is Holland’s third-largest town, with just under 500,000 people. Conveniently, the beach resort of Scheveningen is part of The Hague, and en route lies the family-friendly Madurodam, a fascinating 1/25 miniature display of a fictitious Dutch city.
Restaurants in The Hague

Plein 29, 2511 CS, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 302 3456
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery

The Mauritshuis is home to the very best of Dutch Golden Age painting. The compact, yet world-renowned collection, is situated in the heart of The Hague, right next to the government centre. Masterpieces such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate rooms of this seventeenth-century monument.

Reviewed By RATMANDUDE - The Hague, The Netherlands

Excellent museum with a large variety of paintings. Each room provides another opportunity for more great artwork. We spent a couple of hours observing. You could spend the good part of a day!

2. Louwman Museum The Hague

Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594 BB, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 304 7373
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Louwman Museum The Hague

The Louwman Museum is home to the world's oldest private collection of motor cars, compiled by two generations of the Louwman family. The museum dates back to 1934 and now comprises over two hundred and fifty antique and classic motor cars. Experts regard the collection as one of the most beautiful in the World. The museum exudes passion. Each car has its own story to tell, its own contribution to history. The motor car is a mirror of culture. The collection is housed in a purpose-built museum in The Hague, the city where P.W. Louwman established his Dodge and Chrysler import company. The building, designed by American architect Michael Graves, blends in sympathetically with its historic surroundings. The landscape Gardens, designed by Lodewijk Baljon, complement the architecture of the building.

Reviewed By Walkabout-Mike - The Hague, The Netherlands

I like cars and history - that's an important thing with this museum. The building itself is also a good example of post-modern architecture. Are not not really interested in either then go see something else in The Hague. You'll need at least 2 hours to walk through the museum which gives you a good overview of the development of cars from the very beginning. You will also find many celebritiy cars from The Godfather, Elvis, Winston Churchill. There are special temporary Exhibitions so check out the website before coming. The museum also has the most kitch museum café I have ever seen in my life.

3. Panorama Mesdag

Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 310 6665
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Panorama Mesdag

A magnificent experience in time and space.

Reviewed By Cristiano_9 - The Hague, The Netherlands

This 360 gigantic view of the beach in Scheveningen is absolutely amazing. It is also combined with a beautiful collection of paintings by Mesdag and other great Dutch artists.

4. Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 427 7730
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Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

Escher at the Palace is dedicated to the work of Holland’s most famous graphic artist M.C. Escher. Nearly all his prints are exhibited, among them Belvedere, Drawing Hands, Waterfall and Ascending and Descending. Here you can see how Escher changed fishes into birds, made water flow upstream and his less known, but very attractive early Italian landscapes. On our main- and first floor you can see how his work progressed from depicting the real world to his constructed worlds. Optical illusion is a key word in his work.An optical illusion depicts something which is in fact impossible. M.C. Escher was a master in this field. An optical illusion literally means doing puzzles with your eyes. The visitor will be able to unravel some of Escher’s mysteries like the Impossible Penrose Triangle by constructing one himself. The extra presentation “In the Eye of Escher” shows various themes in which Escher was involved, like reflection, perception and perspective.

Reviewed By GoneTravelin07 - Boston

If you love Escher's work, this is a must do when in The Hague. Gorgeous building. His works are laid out perfectly and it's incorporated so well into multiple rooms within the Palace along with some pretty cool chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. Only bummer is that this isn't covered under Museumkaart, but it was worth the price of admission.

5. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Stadhouderslaan 41, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 338 1111
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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The monumental Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, designed by the architect H.P. Berlage in 1935, is perfect for wandering around in. It houses a varied collection and many changing Exhibitions. You will find the world’s biggest collection of works by Piet Mondrian, the highlight being his last abstract work Victory Boogie Woogie, along with some of the finest works by artists of the Hague School, paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Monet, Toorop and many contemporary artists. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag also houses one of the biggest and best collections of Delftware.

Reviewed By Nauris B - Kaunas, Lithuania

Great museum of modern art, full of interesting masterpieces. Very interesting architecture of museum building itself and very good layout of Exhibitions. A touch of architecture and interior design history.
A lot of original masterpieces - such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Mondrian, etc.
When I visit this museum - there was exposition of Art Deco - furniture, fashion design, sculpture, ceramic - running. I got such a great experience of that period...

6. Japanese Garden

Clingendael Estate, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 353 3000
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Japanese Garden

Reviewed By WorldTravelOne - Breukelen Ut

This Japanese garden is only open for visiting during six week every year. That usually is end of April till beginning of June and a couple of weeks at the end of October. When you are in the neighbourhood it is a definite plus to visit it.

7. Landgoed Clingendael

Wassenaarseweg, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 324 5380
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Landgoed Clingendael

Reviewed By Dan K - The Hague, The Netherlands

Beautiful country estate on the outskirts of The Hague. Great place for walking or running. Do not forget to visit the Japanese Gardens. They are beautiful.

8. Haagse Bos

Bezuidenhoutseweg, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 385 1050
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Haagse Bos

Reviewed By Georgigirl - London

We have 2 boys (10 & 7) and visited in cold but sunny February weather. We all loved it. There’s a great adventure playground with zip wires etc. We saw a stork, woodpeckers, red squirrel and a buzzard all in the space of an hour. We built a den and had a picnic. The pathways were full of joggers, cyclists and nursery children on trips. Great green space in the city!

9. Peace Palace

Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 302 4242
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Peace Palace

Reviewed By jlok2016 - Peebles, United Kingdom

The Peace Palace houses as it most important inhabitants the UN International Court of Justice. It is possible to go into the building but as we did not have enough time, we just walked through the visitor centre which was informative enough. Certainly worth a visit in more detail!

10. Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights)

Hofweg 1, 2511 AA, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 364 6144
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Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights)

These are the official offices of the Dutch Parliament and the Office of the Prime Minister.

Reviewed By Barbara W - Vancouver, Canada

You have to tour this if in Den Haag. It’s the heart of Den Haag. Lots of history. I had trouble finding how to tour it as there isn’t an entrance where you pay. You go to the building across the street where you sign up for the tour or ask at Tourist information which is located in the library a few doors down.

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