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The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

1. The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

Indulge the art-lover in you at the Mauritshuis, home to the best of Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. Explore one of the most iconic buildings in the Hague, located next to the Parliament. Look out of its windows for a view of the pond.  Discover the art museum's compact, yet world-renowned collection. See more than 200 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 on permanent display. Appreciate the collection's rich variety, with genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, and portraits by Rubens. Admire the 17th-century monument's historic yet intimate interior, with its silken wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers, and monumental painted ceilings. Stay as long as you wish and visit the museum at your own pace. Allow around 1.5 hours, which is the average visit duration. Visit the restaurant and coffee shop, purchase some souvenirs, or visit the temporary exhibition. From July 9 to August 28, explore Hello Vermeer!, an interactive exhibition for all the family. The exhibition will take you to the world of seventeenth-century Delft, where you can discover everything you ever wanted to know about world-famous painter Johannes Vermeer. Dressing up, puzzles, films – there’s a host of things to do. See Vermeer’s masterpieces for real, and make your own version of one of his paintings at the Art Workshop, which will be offering sessions for kids aged 3 to 12 throughout the summer holiday.

The Hague: Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram

2. The Hague: Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram

See the highlights of The Hague with full-day access to the hop-on hop-off tram. Jump on and off the tram as much as you like, stopping by the Houses of Parliament, Peace Palace, the beach of Scheveningen, and more. You can start your journey at any of the 16 tram stops of the hop-on hop-off tram: • Stop 1 (2511 BL Den Haag): Centrum (10:15 AM, then every 60 min until 5:15 PM) • Stop 2 (2595 DC Den Haag): Centraal Station (10:20 AM, then every 60 min until 5:20 PM) • Stop 3 (2511 VB Den Haag): Korte Voorhout (10:22 AM, then every 60 min until 5:22 PM) • Stop 4 (2514 EM Den Haag): Kneuterdijk (10:24 AM, then every 60 min until 5:24 PM) • Stop 5 (2514 JH Den Haag): Mauritskade (10:26 AM, then every 60 min until 5:26 PM) • Stop 6 (2518 BD Den Haag): Vredespaleis/Peace Palace (10:29 AM, then every 60 min until 5:29 PM) • Stop 7 (2585 JZ Den Haag): World Forum (10:32 AM, then every 60 min until 5:32 PM) • Stop 8 (2584 SX Den Haag): Keizerstraat (10:36 AM, then every 60 min until 5:36 PM) • Stop 9 (2586 KV Den Haag): Scheveningseslag/Beelden aan Zee (10:38 AM, then every 60 min until 5:38 PM) • Stop 10 (2586 CP Den Haag): Kurhaus (10:39 AM, then every 60 min until 5:39 PM) • Stop 11 (2586 HP Den Haag): Scheveningen/Zwarte Pad (10:45 AM, then every 60 min until 5:45 PM) • Stop 12 (2583 VP Den Haag): Statenlaan (10:55 AM, then every 60 min until 5:55 PM) • Stop 13 (2581 AX Den Haag): Willem de Zwijgerlaan (10:56 AM, then every 60 min until 5:56 PM) • Stop 14 (2517 BL Den Haag): Laan van Meerdervoort (11:01 AM, then every 60 min until 6:01 PM) • Stop 15 (2526 JD Den Haag): Haagse Markt / The Hague Market (11:06 AM, then every 60 min until 6:06 PM) • Stop 16 (2513 AL Den Haag): Gravenstraat (11:13 AM, then every 60 min until 6:13 PM) For the location of each stop, see the image with the map and QR code provided for the exact location.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

3. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

Depart Amsterdam and journey by bus to explore the seat of power in the Netherlands in the elegant city of The Hague, where highlights include the royal Noordeinde Palace and the government buildings of the Binnenhof. Continue to the Mauritshuis Museum, where art by Rembrandt and Vermeer is on display and then see the headquarters of the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. You then journey to Rotterdam, known for its innovative architecture. On arrival, look at The Man without a Heart sculpture by Ossip Zadkine, built to reflect on the destruction of the city during World War II. See the only medieval building still standing in the city, admire the interesting Cube Houses by Piet Blom and go to the old port area of Oude Haven. Marvel at the food on display in the historic Markthal and stroll along the banks of the River Meuse to get a panoramic view of the city's skyscrapers. Get some free time in Rotterdam for lunch and before making your way back to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

4. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour begins as you depart from Amsterdam on your bus and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands, and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. After a short city tour, your first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. See Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Market hall and Cube Houses.  Then, head to the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch and discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, make your way to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and is the third-largest city in the country. The Hague is where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

Hague: Old Town City Exploration Game

5. Hague: Old Town City Exploration Game

Take the untraditional route, and haunt the Hague instead of hiring a guided tour. Immerse yourself in a mystery game where the answers to clues lead you through the ancient, and largest Dutch city on the North Sea. Begin the journey to find your lost heart at the Escher in Het Paleis, and solve 12 puzzles on your smartphone to discover new locations in an interactive and alternative way to exploring a new place. Pass by the oldest building in the city—the Abbey church, hunt around the ancient and medieval Old City Hall, marvel at the Noordeinde Palace, and discover the Binnenhof & Ridderzaal. View the city's history and various churches and galleries from a unique perspective and start and stop as you see fit. End your experience at The New Church, one of the oldest monuments the Hauge has to offer. Play in a large group, go it alone or create small teams to compete against each other for time. Download the game, tickle your brain, and explore the Hauge like never before.

Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague: Full-Day Small-Group Tour

6. Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague: Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Meet your guide and driver in central Amsterdam. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan for the 90-minute ride to Rotterdam, the first destination on this full-day tour. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and well known for its commercial harbor. Stop at Spido for a 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of one of the world’s largest ports. You’ll see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. Visit the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. It is known as the Prince’s City, as countless members of the Dutch royal family have moved here, married here, and have been buried here for centuries. Explore Delft’s historic town center, filled with historical monuments such as the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century. Next stop is The Hague, which, in addition to being the seat of the Dutch government is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. This is the location of most foreign embassies in the Netherlands, and some 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The Hague is also where you’ll find the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, the Mauritshuis (featuring works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol, among others), and the Binnenhof (the Dutch parliament). At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to Amsterdam, with a better appreciation of life outside the cultural capital.

Small Group Tour to UNESCO Kinderdijk & The Hague

7. Small Group Tour to UNESCO Kinderdijk & The Hague

Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to today’s destination in about 75 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the distinctive views of the Dutch flat landscape. A visit to Kinderdijk gives you the extraordinary opportunity to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site in Holland. In 1997, the windmill complex of Kinderdijk was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list because of its unique character. UNESCO considers the polder area with its dikes, mills, and pumping stations to be proof of human inventiveness in reclaiming and protecting the land. This is worldwide recognition of the fact this vulnerable area must be preserved for the future. On arrival in Kinderdijk, your personal guide will take you to the visitor center, situated in an old pumping station. Watch the film about the Kinderdijk area before walking through the area. If possible, you will visit a working windmill from the inside (depending on how busy it is). After a 90 minute visit, it's back aboard the minivan and onto The Hague. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. The Hague is where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. It is also the home of the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, the Mauritshuis, and the Binnenhof (the Dutch parliament). At arrival in The Hague, you will do a city tour in a minivan to see all these highlights and a stop will be made for lunch before enjoying a visit to one of the 3 cultural highlights of The Hague: - The Mauritshuis; home to some of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. Discover masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl earring and paintings of the famous Rembrandt van Rijn. Enjoy an audio tour. - Escher in Het Paleis; This former royal winter palace now homes over 120 prints of the famous M.C. Escher. The way he played with perspective, space, and reality means he remains fascinating even today. His playful prints delight the eye and have been a rich source of inspiration for mathematicians, filmmakers, and architects throughout the world for many years. - Madurodam; what makes the small country of the Netherlands so great? Discover this and more at Madurodam, a small city full of beautiful miniatures, playful activities, and the best attractions. You will return to Amsterdam in the late afternoon. A professional, experienced, and friendly driver/guide will accompany you throughout the tour.

Visit the Girl with the Pearl Earing, The Hague & Delft City

8. Visit the Girl with the Pearl Earing, The Hague & Delft City

Spend the afternoon exploring The Hague and Delft. Visit the Mauritshuis, see the Girl with the Pearl Earring in person, and learn about the other masterpieces in the gallery's vast collection. Then escape the city and discover the old-world charm of Delft. Get picked up by your guide from your hotel and head directly to the Mauritshuis, right in the center of The Hague. Listen as your certified guide gives you in-depth information about the precious works of art in the collection. See works from the great Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Ruisdael, Frans Hals, and Rubens. Witness for yourself the majesty of the Girl with the Pearl Earring. Next, take a tour of The Hague's city center and wander along the charming cobblestone streets of the old town. Pass by the Houses of Parliament — the actual residence of the Dutch king, and the Binnenhof — the inner court. Continue with your guide to Delft and meander along the narrow streets lined with quaint houses, woven throughout with canals, and dotted with historic churches, including the church where William of Orange is buried. At the tour's conclusion, get dropped off at your hotel, lodgings, cruise, or the Schiphol Airport.

Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

9. Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

On arrival in Kinderdijk, your personal guide will take you to the visitor center, situated in an old pumping station. Watch the film and visit a working windmill from the inside, depending on how busy it is. After Kinderdijk, visit the Hague. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. See the home of the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, Mauritshuis, works from M. C. Escher in Het Paleis, the Madurodam, and the Binnenhof, from the comfort of a minivan. See the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, wander through beautiful day-lit galleries and enter a small city full of beautiful miniatures. Finally, finish your day with a choice of two attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canal.

From Amsterdam: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

10. From Amsterdam: Delft and The Hague Private Tour

Enjoy a sightseeing tour to the potteries in Delft, Madurodam, and the Mauritshuis in The Hague. You have entrance tickets to the Mauritshuis museum, Madurodam, and the Royal Delft potteries where you stay approx. 1 - 1.5 hours at each spot. If there is time left you can have a nice lunch in The Hague. You will be picked up in a luxury Mercedes sedan or minivan by a professional driver. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Mauritshuis

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4.6 / 5

based on 784 reviews

Fine historical tram, with very nice and helpful personnel, by no means crowded, so we enjoyed our trip. The itinerary is optimal for learning about the city of Den Haag as well as Scheveningen. Moreover, you have a fine informative as well as humorous commentary by audioguide. Stations to hop on and off near any point you may want to visit, I mention just Mauritshuis.

Jan was a wonderful guide- the van was very comfortable and we had a lovely time. He was very relaxing and offered appreciated anecdotes, history and great information on the sights we were seeing. Really recommend this tour!

lovely experience! view from the museum above water is amazing, museum itself takes you on a historic journey, very nice

Very nice to discover The Hague in a tram that is more than 50 years old. Super nice and enthusiastic driver.

The trip is well planned and on time. It is a lot fun and we learn a lot knowledge from the tour guide