When it comes to tourism in the Netherlands, the first thought that comes to mind is definitely Amsterdam. However, this unique country has plenty of other interesting cities. In this article we will look at some of the attractions you can see in The Hague in 1 or 2 days, I recommend things to do and where you should definitely look.

What to see in The Hague?

Today, The Hague is a dynamic city with a strong international influence thanks to its status as host to many international organizations and courts. The city continues to attract tourists with its museums, historical sights and cultural heritage, below is a list of places worth taking note:

Central Square (Grote Markt)

The central square of The Hague, the Grote Markt, is one of the city's key public and cultural spaces. This place is not only historically significant, but also lively thanks to the many cafes, bars and restaurants that surround the square.

Main square in The Hague

Palace Pond “Hofvijver”

This picturesque pond is located next to the Binnenhof complex, which houses the main government offices of the Netherlands, including parliament and the office of the prime minister. The origin of the pond goes back to the Middle Ages, when it was part of a natural water basin. In subsequent centuries it became part of the palace complex and even played an important role in the defense system of The Hague. The location is popular with tourists and locals alike, offering excellent walking and recreational opportunities overlooking the water and historic buildings.

Court pond

Binnenhof & Ridderzaal

The foundation of the Binnenhof dates back to the 13th century. Initially, the hunting residence of the counts of Holland was built here, which over time transformed into the center of state power. The Binnenhof is a striking example of medieval Gothic architecture, although at different periods the buildings of the complex were partially rebuilt and supplemented in accordance with different architectural styles. Now the Binnenhof not only remains the heart of the political life of the Netherlands, but is also one of the main attractions of The Hague. There are always enough tourists here, which is understandable; there is something to see here.

Attractions in The Hague

excursion options to Binnenhof

Cathedral of St. James (Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk)

One of the most significant temples in The Hague. The cathedral is made in the so-called Brandenburg Gothic style and is distinguished by its majestic appearance and high hexagonal tower spire, which dominates the city landscape. Inside you can see luxurious stained glass windows, monumental organs and luxurious paintings.

Grote of Sint Jacobskerk

Walk along the Scheveningen pier (De Pier Scheveningen)

The Hague's main pier was first opened back in 1901, and after several major expansions and renovations, including a complete rebuild in the 1960s, the pier received its modern appearance. However, there were also sad times in the history of this place; in the early 2000s, the entertainment complex on this pier experienced financial difficulties and was even temporarily closed. Then, after renovation in 2015, Scheveningen Pier became a popular holiday destination again.

What to do in The Hague?

The pier features a variety of attractions, including a Ferris wheel, bungee jumping and zip line, as well as countless slot machines. Cultural and entertainment events are also held here, the only drawback is that there are almost always strong winds. Therefore, if you plan to visit the pier from mid-autumn to mid-spring, dress warmly. By the way, the pier offers a magnificent view of the North Sea and Scheveningen beach, making it an ideal place for walks and photographs.

North Sea The Hague

Peace Palace in The Hague

The Vredespaleis is an iconic building of the city, known throughout the world as a symbol of international justice and diplomacy. It serves as home to important global legal institutions, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice. Although the Peace Palace is an active government building, tours are offered to allow visitors to learn more about its history and role in world politics.

Peace Palace in The Hague

Check out the options for excursions in Vredespaleis

New Church (Nieuwe Kerk)

The Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague is an interesting attraction, despite the fact that the temple is much younger than other historical buildings in the city. It is located on Spui Square and is designed in the classical Baroque style with Gothic elements, which is typical of many church buildings erected during this period (17th century) in the Netherlands.

Interesting places in The Hague

Old Town Hall in The Hague

For many centuries, the Old Town Hall served as the center of municipal government in The Hague. It was a place where important city events took place, although today the Oude Stadhuis no longer functions as the main site for municipal services, it is open for public events and is available for tours on certain days, allowing visitors to enjoy its historical atmosphere and explore its architectural features.

Beautiful buildings in The Hague

In addition to a large number of architectural monuments, The Hague also offers tourists a decent selection of a wide variety of museums and exhibition galleries, which reflect both the artistic heritage and modern trends in art. Here are some of the most interesting museums and galleries in The Hague:

Royal Gallery Mauritshuis

Mauritshuis – the museum is famous for its collection of works from the golden age of Dutch painting. Here you can see such masterpieces as “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Vermeer and works by Rembrandt. In addition, Mauritshuis is located in a historical building from the 17th century, which in itself is of architectural interest.

Royal Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague

Escher Museum

Escher in Het Paleis, located in a former royal palace, is dedicated to the works of Maurits Cornelis Escher, the famous Dutch graphic artist. Here are his outstanding works that play with perspective and space. The museum offers interactive exhibits that provide a deeper understanding of Escher's complexity and skill.

Escher Museum in The Hague

Torture Museum (Prison Gate Museum)

You will be surprised, but in The Hague, the city of justice and the UN, there really is a museum dedicated to the dark side of history - the Geengel Museum (Museum de Gevangenpoort), also known as the Museum of Prison and Torture. It is located in a former prison where criminals and political prisoners were previously held.

Torture Museum in The Hague

If time allows, I advise you to add these museums to your list of “What to see in The Hague”: The Hague Photo Museum (Fotomuseum Den Haag) and Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The first museum focuses on photography and presents both historical and contemporary photographic works. And the second has an extensive art collection, including the world's largest collection of works by Piet Mondrian.

Monuments in The Hague

The Hague has many monuments, each with its own unique historical and cultural significance. Here are some of the most interesting monuments of the city: William I of Orange, the monument to the Eternal Flame, Louis Bleriot, the sculpture “Hugging Tree”, the fisherman’s wife on the beach.

Monuments in The Hague

Attractions in The Hague

Fisherman's Wife of Scheveningen

Walking around the city you can find many little-known sculptures, the mysteries of which you will have to solve on your own.

Monuments in The Hague

City of The Hague

Tourist budget for visiting The Hague

Tourist expenses in The Hague can vary greatly depending on personal preferences, travel style and chosen activities. Here is an approximate calculation of daily expenses for different types of travelers:

Budget traveler:
  • Accommodation: Hostels or budget hotels can cost between 30 and 60 euros per night in a shared room.
  • Meals: Eating economically, including street food or cafes, can cost around 15-30 euros per day.
  • Transport: A day ticket for public transport costs around 7,50 euros.
  • Entertainment and sightseeing: Many museums and galleries have tickets ranging from 10 to 20 euros.
  • Total: approximately 60-120 euros per day.
Average budget:
  • Accommodation: Mid-range hotels can cost between 80 and 150 euros per night for a double room. (Check out my review on The Social Hub hotel in The Hague)
  • Meals: Meals in mid-range restaurants can cost between 30 and 60 euros per day.
  • Transport: Renting a bicycle or using a taxi can increase transport costs by up to 20 euros per day.
  • Entertainment and sightseeing: Including more expensive activities such as boat rides or special excursions, it can cost around 50 euros.
  • Total: Approximately 180-280 euros per day.

The Social Hub Hotel in The Hague

High budget tourist:
  • Accommodation: Luxury hotels or apartments can cost from 200 euros or more per night.
  • Dining: Upscale restaurants and fine dining can cost €100 or more per person per day.
  • Transport: private transfers or car rental can cost from 50 euros per day.
  • Entertainment and sightseeing: VIP services, private guides, and more exclusive activities can significantly increase costs.
  • Total: 350 euros or more per day.

These estimates may vary depending on the season and personal preference. It is also recommended to have a reserve budget for unexpected expenses and souvenirs. Alternatively, you can go to neighboring Amsterdam or Eindhoven by train.

What excursions are worth visiting in The Hague?

The Hague offers many interesting excursions that provide a deeper understanding of the history, culture and political significance of the city. Here are some recommended excursions worth visiting in The Hague:

1. Tour of the Peace Palace

This is one of the most popular excursions in The Hague, allowing you to learn about the work of the International Court of Justice and other international legal organizations. Tours usually include visits to the main halls and an introduction to the history of international law and diplomacy.

2. Walking tour of the historical center of The Hague

Walk through the ancient streets of the city, including a visit to the Binnenhof, Grote Kerk (St. Jacob's Temple) and other historical buildings. The guide will tell you about the rich history of The Hague and its role in the history of the Netherlands.

3. Tour of The Hague Museums

The Hague is known for its magnificent museums. Excursions may include visits to the Mauritshuis, home to works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, the Panorama Mesdag Gallery and the Escher Museum.

4. Tour of the international quarter

Tour the area where many international organizations are located, including embassies and the main offices of international NGOs. These tours help explain why The Hague is often called the “legal capital of the world.”

5. Walk along Scheveningen beach

This is a great way to combine outdoor recreation with a cultural program, because Scheveningen not only has beautiful beaches, but also many restaurants, cafes, and the Scheveningen Pier.

6. Bike tours

The Hague is a cycling city, and many tourists choose this way of sightseeing. Bicycle tours allow you to cover long distances and enjoy city parks and the beauty of the area.

These excursions will offer you a varied experience of The Hague. I hope in my article “What to do in The Hague? TOP places in 1-2 days” you found something useful for yourself.

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