The Hague pronounced Den Haag in Dutch is the Netherland’s political capital (this is not to be mistaken with Amsterdam which is the actual country’s capital). It is the seat of the government and parliament and where the house of Orange resides. Den Haag can also be distinguished as the UN’s second city due to the number of international organizations it hosts and also being home to the prominent International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice. This is what the Hague is most known for and this international community goes back to more than 750 years ago!
As the Netherland’s third-largest city that sits charmingly along the Dutch coast known as “The Royal City by the Sea” – why wouldn’t you like to come and see what to do in the Hague Netherlands.
See Dutch Masters at Mauritshuis
The Mauritshuis houses a lovely collection of Dutch paintings and masterpieces from the Golden Age. See Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson, Carol Fabritius’s Goldfinch and many other works. The Mauritshuis building is exquisite on its own and was formerly a palace that overlooks the beautiful Hofvijver pond.
Revel at the Binnenhof
A short walk away from Mauritshuis is this beautiful square. It is the beating heart and historic center of the city. The Binnenhof is filled with parliament and government buildings such as the Ministry of General Affairs. Since the space is open to the public it’s one of the best free things to do in the Hague. Stroll around and admire the monumental buildings, architecture, and stunning hall. If you’re lucky you might even run into the prime minister or other government officials at work!
The Peace Palace
The most iconic and photographed building in Den Haag is the Peace Palace. Housing the International Court of Justice this palace is known for its position of peace and justice. It’s an absolutely beautiful building that is worth the visit and a must-do when visiting the Hague.
Mini Holland Madurodam
Don’t have enough time to see all of the Netherlands during your short stay? Then come visit Madurodam park to see Dutch iconic landmarks, history, and cultural heritage. Madurodam is an amusement park full of miniatures and replica models showcasing what makes this country so unique. There are windmills, flower fields, castles, Schipol Airport – a literal mini-Holland! It’s a great experience for kids and families. However, if you like miniature models, I believe Madurodam deserves a one-time visit because of its great attention to detail.
Chill at the Beach When Visiting the Hague
Any travel tips or guides for Den Haag will have you check out Scheveningen. And with reason, it makes sense because this is the most popular seaside resort in the Netherlands. But when the weather is nice and sunny everyone and their mother’s mother will be here. That’s why I recommend going a bit further to Kijkduin! Not only is the beach area less crowded but there are a number of cool beach bars and restaurants. In the Hague, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, clubs along the strand.
That is something that I would like to see – madurodam – and holland is right next door 🙂
Oh I would love to go check this out sometime. thank you for this informative post.
What a great trip! Your pictures are amazing!
This would be such a great trip! I have read so much about hague. Would like to visit there one day.
The architecture is by far my favorite thing about this. I would love to go there someday.
It looks beautiful! I visited the hague a couple times as a kid, but I don’t remember much of it. Maybe woth going back as an adult!
Hague looks like a lovely city to visit. I almost went there during my trip to the Netherlands but decided last minute to go to Leiden instead.
I’ve never been to the Hague yet but I would love to visit there soon, that would be amazing…
I haven’t been to Hague but it does look awesome! I want to visit it even more now
It looks like a beautiful place! I wouldn’t mind visiting there someday.
this is so great virtual trip with you. I am so happy to read your article.
This looKs like such an amazing place to visit. I am definitely going to add this to my list of places to go to in the Netherlands!
We’re looking to go to Europe maybe next year. The hague might be a nice place to visit.
Great guide for visiting the Hague, most important is that the second UN’s city, and International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice. The shared photos are very amazing.
All your pictures look so lovely!
I’ve actually never been to The Hague before but it sure seems like a wonderful place to visit sometime! Thanks for sharing!
This seems like a nice alternative to overcrowded Amsterdam. Can’t wait to travel again after the end of this pandemic. .
This post makes me miss travel. I would love to visit this place.
The place looks like a fairytale come true. I would love to visit.
Pictures are beautiful, especially the first one that of the giamt wheel. Wish one day I can be there.
Amazing beaches! Had no idea that Den Haag had such beautiful beaches.
I love that there’s a mini Holland! I’ll definitely be checking that out when I make it to the Netherlands.
I have been in the Netherlands twice but never here. Now I have an excuse for the third