The Hague pronounced Den Hague 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 organisations it hosts and also being home to the prominent International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice. 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 things to do when visiting the Hague.
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 formely a palace that overlooks the beautiful Hofvijver pond.
Revel at the Binnenhof
A short walk away from Mauritshuis you will find this beautiful square. It is the historic centre of the city filled with parliament and government buildings such as the Ministry of General Affairs. The space is open free to the public so stroll around and admire the monumental buildings, architecture and stunning hall.
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 come visit Madurodam park to see Dutch iconic landmarks, history and cultural heritage! Madurodam is an amusement park full of miniatures and replica models showing what makes this country so unique. Windmills, flower fields, castles, the Schipol Airport – it is literally a mini Holland! Kids will definitely love this place but if you’ve never been to the Netherlands I think it’s at least a one time visit because of the great attention to detail.
Chill at the beach
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 of 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.