The Hague Travel Guide

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The Hague Highlights

  • Pro
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    RoyJava says…

     Scheveningen-beach, Park-Pop Festival, Madurodam, Vredes Paleis, Pasar Malam Besar, Prinsjesdag, Koninginnenach 

  • Con
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     Not the world greatest city centre in general 

  • In a nutshell
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     A royal city that has everything... lots of culture, beautiful old architecture, all sorts of entertainment and a great beach on the edge of the city! 

The Hague Things to Do

  • Madurodam, Miniature City

    This park is actually a miniature city with models of buildings (scale 1:25) and in the beginning it was meant to give just the story of how a typical Dutch City has developed throughout the centuries, but later on a lot of main Dutch attractions/innovations were added so now the park displays architecture of famous cities/towns of Holland along...

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  • Scheveningen / Kijkduin beach

    Scheveningen is part of the Hague having golden sand, many pubs and restaurants, an aquarium (Sea Life) and a modern lighthouse. The water, no surprise, is not really good for swimming but it can reach an "acceptable" temperature in the summer. However it's perfect for sunbathing on the rare sunny days.

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  • Royal The Hague

    Formerly known as the Old Court, the building became the Northend Palace in 1591 and is the official work and reception palace for Queen Beatrix. The Paleistuin (Palace Gardens) on the other side of the palace are open to the public and accessible via Prinsessewal. The statue (1845) is of Prince William of Orange on a horse.

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The Hague Restaurants

  • Dutch popular eateries

    Quite a narrow restaurant with simple furnishing.Warm atmosphere with chandeliers dim lights.Fast and warm service from the waitress.Heard that it is best to make a reservation if wanted to dine here, and we did.They also cater lunch and breakfast. Like the Mix Grill which look so appetising.Like the freshness of those prawns with piri-piri, but...

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  • Unique experience!

    This unique restaurant for private dining for companies from 8 to 40 people is located in a perfectly maintained Dutch watermill that was built in 1625 year! Unfortunately, we visited it in the evening and it was too dark for taking photos of the mill from outside...What I really like apart from the unique interior of an old mill is the fact that...

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  • Steak-Centric Pub

    Conveniently located between the historic center and the train station, Cafe Van Beek was a welcome respite from inclement weather. Alone among the restaurants we checked out en route, this place was filled with diners, the best recommendation. Apparently in business for at least 15 years, there is very little in the way of internet information and...

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The Hague Nightlife

  • Festivals and such

    The Club La Luna was the newest hot place to ... drink ... dance ... and after ... Limo Service - VIP Guest List In Summer Terrace Service At Day-time from 10.00 - 20.00 YOU'LL LOVE IT ... Unfortunately LA LUNA closed its doors! And will be opened at another place ... You will be informed, thanks for visit See for yourself the pics (see link),...

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  • The City's Other Main Square

    As well as the Plein, in front of the town hall, the center has its Grote Markt (Market) which is also surrounded by bars and restaurants. On a sunny evening pretty much every table in the sunshine was taken, whilst those in the shade were empty - as the pic above shows.However once the sun goes down the square comes into its own and becomes the...

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  • Reading a book!

    Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax,...

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The Hague Transportation

  • Public transport

    The following local buses serve the The Hague Centraal Station: 18-Clingendael - Rijswijk de Schilp 22-Scheveningen Noorderstrand-Duinzigt The following Connexxion buses serve the The Hague Centraal Station: 39-Leiderdorp, Rijnland Ziekenhuis 42-Den Haag Rotonde Houtkade 43-Leiden CS 45-Leiden...

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  • General transport info

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favorite toys and new...

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  • Bicycles

    The Hague Hello!! I travelled a bit through europe and got to the Hague. At the tourist information they told me about bicycle rent right in the city center, just across the Queens palace! They have the best bikes you've ever seen, the real classic Dutch bikes, the guy who works there told me it's called the "Halleluja"or something. The bikes...

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The Hague Shopping

  • The best pastry in Holland

    A cute little shop where they actually still bake fresh pastry in front of you and the staff is really friendly! It's one of the very few bakeries that I encountered in Holland that bake from scratch and not just bake-off. Cupcakes & macarons, also try the red velvet cheese cake around 3,- per cupcake

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  • Central Shopping District

    The central shopping area in The Hague is the largest downtown shopping area in The Netherlands with over 250 stores - department stores, international brands, and locally owned vendors interspersed with restaurants and several theaters. The district attracts over 60000 visitors a week to pedestrianized streets and several covered arcades. As...

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  • The Positively Palatial Passage

    De Passage in Den Haag is the Netherlands oldest shopping mall and is listed as a UNESCO monument. It was a built in the city centre as a covered shopping street in 1885, connecting the Buitenhof and Spuistraat with a further arm added in 1929 to the Hofweg. The grandiose 4 storey construction was intended to house the most exclusive shops in the...

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The Hague Local Customs

  • Finding Your Way Around

    Central Den Haag is very walkable with most of its streets pedestrianised. Although I tend to do my exploring in a very random manner, usually staggering from bar to bar, I did notice that everything of interest is well-signposted and there are easy-to-read street maps liberally-distributed at strategic locations. For those with specific interests...

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  • Creating A Pedestrian-friendly City

    One thing that really impressed me about Den Haag is how pedestrian-friendly the centre is. In fact flicking through my pics I can only find one which actually has a car in it, the official-looking one in the photo from the Binnenhof (#2 below).There are, of course, plenty of bicycles and the odd scooter but even these seemed far less intrusive...

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  • Left Luggage at Centraal Station

    If, like myself, you're just popping into Den Haag for the day and you need somewhere to leave your luggage then the lockers at Centraal Station are ideal. These are located on platform 1 and are very easy to use. They come in two sizes, small and large, and the small ones are more than adequate for pretty much anything you can carry.To use them...

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The Hague Warnings and Dangers

  • The Local Women Are Revolting!

    OK This is just an excuse to use this pic of these three, rather attractive, women.In the main square, during my visit, there was a demonstration about women's rights in some Middle-Eastern country, I forget which. Den Haag, being home to the UN's International Court of Justice, and with over 80 International organisations working in the field, is...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Warning Sign

    These signs "welcome" you to in the inner city of The Hague.In short there are warnings for:-pickpockets (keep your purse closed)-urinating on the streets (forbidden)-surveillance camera's (act normal)-litter (throw your garbage in the garbage cans)-dog s.h.i.t (dog should be lead and no s.h.i.t on the walkways)-bicycle parking (only at dedicated...

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The Hague Tourist Traps

  • Paleis Noordeinde – Palace Garden.

    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...

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  • Paleis Noordeinde – A medieval...

    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...

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  • Paleis Noordeinde – 1 of the 3 official...

    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...

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The Hague What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Take The Hague By Surprise

    Depending on your own taste a small, city backpack ...Recommended is a cooler bag for drinks (going to the parks, dunes and beach) Coastal The Hague has a moderate coastal climate with some cool summers and mild winters. Ofcourse the modern times brought some changes. February, March, April and May may be the driest months. June and October are...

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  • It rains a lot in the winter time and...

    Water repellant bags and luggages. Warm clothing, comfortable shoes, Parka jackets, umbrellas, moisturizers for face,lips and hands,hats, scarf. Lots of facial tissues, moisturizers. whatever you have.In case you have digital cameras lots of memory cards. Converter in case you need to recharge your batteries. Good lungs, since most of the...

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The Hague Off The Beaten Path

  • Surrounding places and cities

    The Hague is one of the "randsteden" (the rim-shaped agglomeration of cities in the westerly part of the Netherlands). Some think of an over-crowded industrial area where it has been clipped its wings of nature. Well, not a word of truth in it! You can make some great cycle-trips, and The Hague has special rules to please its cycle-friends. And...

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  • City landmarks

    Having just gotten off the train at Centraal, and left my bag in the left-luggage lockers there, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the twin parks of Koekamp and Malieveld as I exited the station. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed this intriguing Art-Deco building at the far corner and so wandered in that direction to find out what it...

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  • Culture and arts

    I didn't realise Den Haag has a 'Chinatown' and it was sheer luck that I spotted the rather nice gateway as I wandered along Spuistraat. Through the gate, on Wagenstraat and the surrounding streets, you'll find a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian restaurants and eating places as well as shops selling all types of Asian goods. Worth...

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The Hague Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking - Take a few short-cuts!

    But don’t sweat it … the Hague also has many hundreds of years of history; and nowhere is this more evident than at the city center and its alleys and narrow streets. The compact town of The Hague is easy to get around, and the ideal place to explore on foot. The Hague is The Netherlands, and yet it is a culture unto itself. The area of The Hague...

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  • Hiking - Game plan strategy.

    Most people try to rush The Hague on a budget so they end up missing some of the highlights in a whirlwind. The key to seeing The Hague properly is a game plan, you must know what you want to see before getting out. Before we visited The Hague we saw on a city map that the huge city of The Hague is divided into four main areas to visit:* Westeinde...

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  • Hiking - Take time to meander.

    Take time to meander - losing yourself in the maze of alleys, streets and lanes is one of the Hague's principal pleasures. The streets wind and wander with no discernible order or object. After our stroll we rewarded ourselves with a cool glass of beer or wine for our effort! We learned that you won´t do justice to the entire city of The Hague...

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The Hague Favorites

  • Scheveningen/Kijkduin beaches

    Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort with a long sandy beach, an esplanade, a pier, and a lighthouse. A nudist section is 1 km to the north. The harbor is used both for fishing and tourism. The long sandy beach is also popular for watersports like windsurfing and kiteboarding The earliest reference to the name 'Sceveninghe' goes back to...

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  • Around The Hague

    The Hague (Den Haag, officially 's-Gravenhage) is the capital city of the province of South Holland. It is the third largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In the fifteenth century the more formal 'des Graven hage' came into use, literally "the count's wood". The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament,...

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  • General tourist information

    See the Castalia, better known as the "Two Brests Of Lady Hague", the Atrium and the Hoftoren, photographed here from centre of The Hague. I just had to wait for the traffic light, and got struck by the beauty of the best-known buildings of The Hague against the blue sky during sunset . So I had to jump out of the car, take the photograph, jump in...

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