Things to do in

The Hague

Expect historical buildings, Dutch art museums, and suburb beaches from the home of international law.

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7 things to do in The Hague

With a modern skyline and historic center, The Hague offers many more attractions than the political infrastructure it’s famous for. There are plenty of things to do, from shopping and sightseeing to lively nightlife. But first, see our list of what to see.

  • Binnenhof

    1. Binnenhof

    The political center of Holland, the Binnenhof is the oldest House of Parliament in the world. Tours are conducted in Dutch, so go for the audio guide, and book in advance.

  • Madurodam

    2. Madurodam

    Feel like a giant with a visit to the Madurodam – a miniature Amsterdam in the Scheveningen district. Updated regularly, and interactive to please kids, it’s a fun and wacky spot.

  • Mauritshuis

    3. Mauritshuis

    With work by Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, this is the place to visit for a sense of the Dutch Golden Age of painting. Kids go free.

  • The Peace Palace

    4. The Peace Palace

    Home of the International Courts of Justice, this is The Hague’s most famous attraction. Admission and audiotours are free, while a 45 minute guided tour costs 9.50€. Do book ahead.

  • Escher Museum

    5. Escher Museum

    This museum in the Het Palais celebrates all things M.C. Escher – he of the mind-bending and intricate illustrations. Be fascinated by his imagination and optical illustions.

  • Louwman Museum

    6. Louwman Museum

    Love cars? Don’t miss the world’s largest private collection of classic automobiles, dating back to 1886. Tickets cost 14.50€, with concessions for large groups and children.

  • Gemeente Museum

    7. Gemeente Museum

    Enjoy the largest Mondrian collection in the world at this funky museum, plus modern art, music, print and fashion exhibits. It's a great place for an introduction to Dutch art.

Frequently asked questions about The Hague

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where should I stay?

    Hostels are a cheap option for budget travellers, while there are plenty of hotels ranging from budget to boutique, particularly around the city center, where you’re a stone’s throw from the action. In recent years, serviced apartments have become another, popular alternative.

  • What is the weather like?

    Wondering when to come? It’s nicest in August, so visit The Hague then for more sun and mild evenings. January is the coldest month. As Holland’s close to the sea, it can rain throughout the year, so bring your umbrella just in case!

  • How do I get there?

    Rotterdam The Hague Airport is around 30 minutes with the train or the Airport Shuttle (Bus 50) from The Hague. The airport serves most major European business cities.

Good to know

  • Language
    Dutch and lots of English
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +31
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months offer the nicest weather and great foliage, plus fun outdoor festivals to keep everyone entertained.

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What people are saying about The Hague

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,062 reviews

Top notch it was really worth it! The boat trip in Rotterdam's harbor was memorable. The visit of Delft was just the right amount of touring and some time to ourselves. The Didn't do much in the Hague but at least went there. The day was full throughout. Our guide Willem did an excellent job with his maps and historical story-telling, which filled in alot of the blanks for me . Very well done and would recommend it.

Very easy to use. Tour guides in the tram were so friendly and helpful. The audio guide was both informative and entertaining. Really a great way to see the city!

Experience was good, the cup of coffee and apple pie tasted good

It was better than I expected. Compact and nice tour.

Wonderful view. Free apple pie and tea. Worth seeing!