The Hague Tourist Traps

  • Front facade of Paleis Noordeinde.
    Front facade of Paleis Noordeinde.
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  • Statue of Willem van Oranje.
    Statue of Willem van Oranje.
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  • View at Paleis Noordeinde.
    View at Paleis Noordeinde.
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Best Rated Tourist Traps in The Hague

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    Expensive peeing

    by 20011019 Written Aug 27, 2004

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    In most clubs you'll have to pay 50 cents to go to the toilets. The clubs aren't allowed to ask this money by the law. Sometimes you'll have no choice. Make sure you pay once for the whole evening. (clubbing is expensive enough as it is right)

    Unique Suggestions: If they are being difficult, just pay the money. In the club Paard (I wrote a tip about it) you can pay whatever you like to.

    Fun Alternatives: Be sure in the beginning what they expect. It is different in every club.

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    Some "Dark" Areas

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 17, 2006

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    chinatown-thehague

    So sorry to admit The Hague does have its own "dark areas". It still isn't that heavy as the Bronx, NY, though when the Sun kisses the ocean (Western coast side) and darkness spread out be on your alert. Ofcourse one is telling that The Hague is like the stars in the sky, it is not true!

    Unique Suggestions: Criminality is getting a bigger problem for sure. Robbery, becoming agressivity, rude behaviour and even the drugs-scenes gets the upper hand at particular places. Chinatown at the center of The Hague is a relatively safe place, but just around the corner further on you could get in such a "dangerous" place ...
    ... just take care ...

    Fun Alternatives: Get some information (like with VVV - Toursit Information) when wanna have fun ... in all ways!

    Tourist Information

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    The Hague's Wheel-Trap

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    Excuses, I had to remove this "Danger-Tip", because the government-authorities decided the "wheel-trap" is not of any importants anymore... though I thought this is a nice memory of those back-times ... so it be.

    Traffic today is growing too fast and the cars are for now innumerable. Visitors of The Hague have to take into consideration that The Hague has a wicked parking-problem. Even the Hague residents have to buy their parking tickets and these "blue zones" (parkeer zone) has irritated a lot of visitors and tourists ... especially in the center of The Hague the traffic wardens look for tourist !!!

    25 million people do pay a visit to The Hague yearly, and most of them come by car. You have to pay wherever you park your car ... if not, or crossed the parking-time, you'll get a irrevocable ticket. And the worst has been the "wheel-trap"... a strange looking yellow thing ... only to find at Amsterdam for now.
    Which cost a lot of money !!!

    Unique Suggestions: When so, follow the instructions on your ticket. Visit the Parking department, low your voice, temper your humour, pay the tax,... leave as quick as possible ... and take a beer around the corner. Though The Hague Government finished to leave these yellow horrors!

    Visitor’s address Postal Office
    Loosduinseweg 13-17
    2571 AA The Hague

    Desk
    Opening hours on workdays from 07.45 am until 04.00 pm

    +31 (0)70-353 3000

    Website :
    Information
    More Warning - Dangers

    Fun Alternatives: Park your car in the parking places (see website), or you could park the car outside The Hague in the suburbs and continue your travel by tram.

    Parking-places

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    Castle???

    by RoyJava Updated May 5, 2006

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    Still I see people getting fooled and, think this beautiful building is a truely medieval castle from the Middle Ages. They make a lot of pictures, admiring the classic tower and the Greek Goddess Pallas Athena, assured this is the Peace Palace. The building is the Gymnasium Haganum, built in beginning of 1900 by J. Vrijman and J. van Lokhorst in Neo-Renaissance style, with a classic tower inside...

    Unique Suggestions: Well, if so ... just enjoy the beauty of this Gymnasium Haganum, you may go inside (and find out it is not the Peace Palace) to have a look ... it is worth of it!

    Fun Alternatives: Donot get annoyed, you can go for a walk to the Peace Palace ... it is not that far from Gymnasium Haganum. When coming out of this "castle", turn to the left, find the Metropole (an old cinema), walk around the Metropole from left-side, and you will see the Peace Palace. For sure you have seen now both 2 beautiful buildings!

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    Just A Tramtunnel

    by RoyJava Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    With a lot of fuss and notices the Tramtunnel of The Hague was opened on 16th of October, 2004. All The Hague people cried shame upon it, in mind the many shops which had to close its doors during the long works on the tunnel.

    THE HAGUE TRAMTUNNEL

    Unique Suggestions: So to visit the Tramtunnel just is as normal as travelling by tramline and you won't see the more than 300 million Euro costs. It is not a gorgeous Moscow tunnel, there are no extras like in Singapore ... it is just the "Tramtanic" or "Swim Tunnel", as the locals of The Hague named this project.

    THE HAGUE TRAMTUNNEL

    Fun Alternatives: Ofcourse tourist-people must make one travel by tramline to see the Tramtunnel of The Hague. Just to remember this probably is one of the most expensive tramtunnels ever built ...

    THE HAGUE TRAMTUNNEL

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  • BINNENHOF/BISHOPS PALACE/RIZZENDAAL/HALL OF KNIGHT

    by Ladymarian1 Written Nov 11, 2007

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    This is an utter rip off and the only place where we felt cheated in Holland. You are shown 1 tacky amateur video sitting on wooden benches, then taken in to the Hall of Knights, sitting on wooden benches again, given 1 hand out if you're lucky. The whole of the hall is reconstructed and is totally fake. There are no more rooms to be seen - simply 1 hall, which you can see in a couple of minutes. The Dutch Government should be ashamed of ripping tourists off.

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    Paleis Noordeinde – 1 of the 3 official palaces.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 3, 2011

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    To me this location is just what The Hague stands for. Walking around in the city center and all of a sudden you end up facing a real Dutch royal palace! Paleis (Palace) Noordeinde is one of the three official palaces of the Dutch royal family. It’s located in center of The Hague in between the Peace Palace Library and the Binnenhof. It has been used as the "working palace" for Queen Beatrix ever since 1984.

    Because of the fact that it is the palace the Queen works at you can’t enter it. Maybe it is a shame that this isn’t possible, but on the other hand it is a bit magical knowing that our Queen might be inside ... just working. So, this just left us at the gates and staring at the entrance of the beautiful palace. There is more than enough to see and admire, like the front facade with its amazing sculptures, the gate with its nice Royal Coat of Arms and of course the nearby statue of Willem van Oranje.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't forget to visit the garden!
    Address:
    Noordeinde 68, 2514 GL The Hague.

    Directions:
    It’s located in center of The Hague in between the Peace Palace Library and the Binnenhof.

    Phone: 070 3624701

    Website: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/Paleizen/Paleis_Noordeinde.html

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    Paleis Noordeinde – A medieval farmhouse.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 3, 2011

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    Statue of Willem van Oranje.
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    Like all palaces it has quite a history, which always interests me. Reading the guidebook of The Hague learned me that Paleis Noordeinde originally started out as a medieval farmhouse, which was converted into a spacious residence by the steward of the States of Holland, Willem van de Goudt in 1533. The original farmhouse's cellars still can be seen in the palace basement, but of course we couldn’t, because the palace isn’t open for us visitors.

    From 1566 to 1591, the palace had a different owner. Once it was returned to the Dutch royal family they substantially enlarged the house, which was then known as the Oude Hof. They began by buying the surrounding plots of land and hired the same architects who built Huis ten Bosch Palace in 1645. The alterations included lengthening the main building and adding wings on either side, and therefore creating the characteristic H-form that is seen today.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't forget to visit the garden!
    Address:
    Noordeinde 68, 2514 GL The Hague.

    Directions:
    It’s located in center of The Hague in between the Peace Palace Library and the Binnenhof.

    Phone: 070 3624701

    Website: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/Paleizen/Paleis_Noordeinde.html

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    Paleis Noordeinde – Palace Garden.

    by Jerelis Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    The Palace Garden.
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    During another visit to The Hague I visited the gardens on the opposite side of Paleis Noordeinde. It’s funny to witness that a lot of people do visit the palace and take a lot of pictures of the front façade. But most of them do forget to visit the Paleistuin (Palace Garden), which are accessible to the public for walking. Within this scope it’s good to know that the palace does have two main appearances. The town facade dates from the 17th century and was built in a typical Dutch classical style. The park facade, also known as King's wing, dates from the 19th century.

    Like I said, during an earlier visit I did go to the Paleistuin, which is a lovely garden, including the famous stables, the Royal House Archives and Fagel's Pavillion. If you want to go there just follow the Prinsestraat, which leads you north to Prinsessewal and the Paleistuin. Right here you can enjoy some peace and quiet within the city of The Hague.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't forget to visit the garden!
    Address:
    Noordeinde 68, 2514 GL The Hague.

    Directions:
    It’s located in center of The Hague in between the Peace Palace Library and the Binnenhof.

    Phone: 070 3624701

    Website: http://www.koninklijkhuis.nl/Paleizen/Paleis_Noordeinde.html

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  • A restaurant called "Big Bell"

    by sabsi Written Jan 7, 2004

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    Freezing at the terrace of Big Bell

    At the seafront in Scheveningen there is a restaurant called "Big Bell". During our VT meeting they wouldn't let us in because we only wanted to have a drink. We had to sit on the cold terrace instead.

    I can't understand an attitude like that really. Inside the place was really empty so if they don't want our money it's their own fault. I know that I'll never go there if I am around.

    Unique Suggestions: Dress warmly ;)

    Fun Alternatives: There are many places at the beach in Scheveningen so I guess it won't be hard to find another decent place where you will feel welcome!

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    Cabs. Always have small change...

    by Antity Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Cabs. Always have small change with you, at least
    HFL 25. Cab drivers in Den Haag are not required
    to have change (yes, I asked them), which came
    to me as a surprise since cab drivers in Cologne,
    Germany, where I live, are required to have DM 100
    of change.

    Usually, in Den Haag, they often aren't able to
    give you more than HFL 25 in change, sometimes
    not even this. So: Change your money in advance;
    only having some coins and a HFL 100 in your pocket
    won't work here.

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    Schveningen is the most...

    by DanielF Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Schveningen is the most important seaside resort in the Netherlands. It has a large beach, casino, grand hotel, shopping malls... and even an old fashioned pier. But honestly, the North Sea is not the most inviting place to spend a holidy on the beach...

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    If you want good food, you'd...

    by edgarvnl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you want good food, you'd be wise to stay away from any restaurant on the Binnenhof (Havana, Lokanta, Popocateptl). Location, after all, isn't everything. I think these guys have gotten complacent because they know they're going to get traffic anyway because they're situated in what's arguably the nicest square in town. The best restaurants are in out of the way streets, like Molenstraat, Frederikstraat and Deneweg.

    Madurodam: Forgive me, my Dutch friends, but I was decidedly underwhelmed by Madurodam. My girlfriend was only going to be here for two days, and I wanted to do only cool things -- Madurodam was a mistake. It cost us 40 guilders to get in, juswt to see some miniature houses that really weren't, to me, anyway, a big deal. Holland is small enough. Go see the real thing!

    My House: Another tourist trap is my house. It's always messy, and there's bound to be some brown goo on the kitchen counters and on the stove. Partnerless socks are have been known to malinger in inappropriate places, like the foyer. Empty beer bottles have invaded large swaths of territory, angering the furniture and causing havoc to the tourism industry. Still, if you want a 'working holiday,' you're welcome to pitch in to the 'beautification effort.'

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    Every body knows that prices...

    by loreli Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Every body knows that prices ont he promenade and boulevard in Scheveningen are very high. If you want to mix with the locals and not pay a heavy price look out for small roadside buildings called Koffiehuis (the usually a dutch name) They are typical Hague sideroad cafe's for coffee and a small snack for blue collar workers. DON'T expect refined things, you will get an honest cup of Dutch coffee as it is served at home. Not to be taken for the so called coffeeshops that sell 'herbal' cigarettes. Great if you just want a cup of coffee and a snack. They can be found dotted around the city. Closest one to the beach is on the Badhuisweg, beside the woods. With the Kurhaus behind you walk straight down the road to the woods (this whole road is the Badhuisweg) and after 700 meters you will find a koffiehuis.

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    If you are interested in...

    by loreli Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you are interested in drinking with the locals and are not interested in a high tech cafe, look out for bars called cafe, with the fololwing style. Short bistro-like curtains, oak furniture, small Persian rugs on the tables (vital item!), copper, pig skin lamps and maybe a billiard table (biljart). The drinks will be alot cheaper and the ambiance very Dutch.
    If you want to use a real Dutch snack ask for a portion of bitterballs (bitterballen) They are golfball size croquettes served with mustard, THE Dutch accompanyment with beer.
    If you want a regular beer order a' tap biertje'{. (draft) You can also get slices of liverwurst with mustard or cheese (kaas). The cafe in the picture is just ten minutes away from the Central Station at the Voorhout (near Buurtschap 2005)

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