Top attractions in The Hague
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Dutch and lots of English
- Euro (€)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- The summer months offer the nicest weather and great foliage, plus fun outdoor festivals to keep everyone entertained.
Other Sightseeing Options in The Hague
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What people are saying about The Hague
Fue un tour muy bueno pues visitamos dos ciudades y tuvimos tiempo para hacer visitas guiadas. El guia (Blas) tenia mucho conocimiento y muy buen sentido del humor lo que hizo el tour mas agradable. El guia recomendo un restaurante para almorzar y fue una excelente recomendacion pues nos dieron platos con mucha comida a precios modicos. Lo unico que recomedaria es que antes de llegar a las iglesias u otros lugares, se informara que si uno quiere entrar y apreciar la belleza del lugar hay que pagar y que se dara cierta cantidad de tiempo, o que el guia compre una entrada de grupo que era mas barata. En mas de dos ocasiones solo llegamos a la entrada del lugar y el guia nos dijo que vieramos desde la puerta o desde el lobby el interior de la iglesia. Me hubiera gustado mas que el guia nos hubiera llevado al interior de la iglesia y apreciar el arte y arquitectura del lugar. Aunque al hacer esto, hubieramos necesitado mas tiempo. Por lo demas todo estubo perfecto y Blas es super !
This was a very small group, only 5 of us so it was almost a private tour. Juliette was our guide and she was great, she provided us with loads of information about the places we visited and the history and the life in general. As we were a small group we had extra walking stops in Rotterdam (markethall and cube houses) and in the Hague (Parliament) which weren't in the itinerary which was great. I'd recommend introducing a walking tour in Rotterdam and the Hague at the expanse of the harbour tour which could be omitted. Highlight was definitely Delft, which is amazing. Thanks Julitte and Jan (the driver).
It was a great tour. Despite the weather being rough and it raining almost the entire day our tour guide Eva made sure we make the most of our trip and visit every place planned for us. She was energetic and interactive with all of us on board. The driver Peter too was kind and polite. The only recommendation I would give, is to have us see more of Rotterdam city instead of the cruise ride that is booked for an hour. Thank you for the experience!
We had to miss the Hague government buildings due to some protest in the city. Also lots of traffic due to this. But overall an enjoyable day trip. Evelin was lovely and quite patient with a few guest who were constantly late. Go for it if u enjoy harbours, history, blue pottery and miniature museums!
Our guide Evelyn was excellent and had so much knowledge to share, we enjoyed her insight. It was overall a very good tour and a nice way to see other parts of the Netherlands.