Top 5 Reasons to Visit  The Hague

Find out why 15 million people from more than 50 countries visit The Hague each year!

1-The Museums World Class Public Art Collections

Important Museums – The Hague has a rich cultural heritage, and its 30 museums reflect this diversity – it’s a huge draw for visitors and locals alike.

There are major art museums, history museums, science museums, and more. Some of the most popular include the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, which houses a world-famous collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age; the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, which is a milestone in contemporary architecture; and the Escher in Het Paleis, which is dedicated to the works of the famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher.

Other notable museums include the Museum Panorama Mesdag, which features a 360-degree painting of Scheveningen, the cutting-edge Voorlinden Museum of modern art, and the Louwman Museum, featuring historic cars, coaches, and motorcycles. Whether you’re interested in art, history, science, or something else entirely, The Hague has a museum that will cater to your interests.

Kunstmuseum Den Haag

2-The Beach Fun in the Sun for Vacation

Popular Beaches – The Hague has several public beaches that draw visitors from all over The Netherlands and beyond, particularly German tourists. The top three shorelines are the Scheveningen Beach, Zandmotor, and Zuiderstrand.

Scheveningen Beach is the most famous beach resort in Holland, with vast beaches, a large number of beach bars, and a unique promenade, pier and harbor. Zandmotor is a nearby large artificial beach, created by depositing huge amounts of sand from the harbor and home of a yearly kite competition. Zuiderstrand is located right behind the dunes to the south and is known among locals as het stille strand – ‘the quiet beach’. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea.

These beaches are perfect for a day out with family and friends, and offer dozens of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and kiteboarding. They are also home to unique restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while taking in the beautiful views of the sea.

Scheveningen Beach

3-The Shopping From Antiques to High Fashion

Shopping & Antiquing The Hague offers unique shopping with a wide range of stores. One of the best places is The Passage, the oldest shopping mall in Holland and home to a number of high-end boutiques. The impressive Italian marble construction from the 1880s also has a modern wing, giving the shopping experience the best of both worlds.

The Zeeheldenkwartier, a trendy neighborhood known for its vintage clothing stores, art galleries, and specialty shops – is best explored on foot as there are many cafes and restaurants where you can take a break. For something more unique, the Hague Bluff is a small square known for its specialty shops, such as the Dutch Cheese Shop and the Dutch Wine Shop.

For vintage keepsakes and antiques, there are 42 such enterprises listed at Wanderlog.com. One of the most popular is the Antique and Book Market, open every Thursday. Another option is Aardewerk Antiquair, who specializes in antique ceramics, colonial items, and vintage glassware. If you’re looking for furniture, Elephant & Castle along with Angevaren Antiquairs both specialize in antique furniture with selections from the 18th and 19th century.

The ‘Passage’ Mall Shops

4-The Activities Fun Stuff for Young and Old

Fun Activities – The Hague rivals Amsterdam with the number of fun activities available, except without the capital city’s crowds and costs. That’s why people are drawn from all over Holland to experience fun in the City of Peace. Below are a list of activities with hot links to the merchant.

With dozens of music concerts & festivals, AFAS circus shows, casinos, SeaLife Aquarium, and lots of live theater, there’s always something interesting on stage in Den Haag. But if you’re not into the live shows, consider the dozens of outdoor options for individual fun, like making sandcastles, bungee jumping, boulder climbing, axe throwing, laser tag, trampoline jumping, ziplining, surfing, kart racing, bowling, cycling, airsoft & paintball, scavenger hunts, a Ferris wheel, even ice skating (De Uithof) and skiing (Snow World).

For a rainy day or a break from the beach, there’s plenty of low-key activities like the many Escape rooms in town, or try exploring the tiny Madurodam city, creating original pottery, playing professional ping-pong, building confidence at Legoland, or flipping thumbs playing vintage pinball and video games at Sir Winston arcade.

Madurodam Mini-City

5-The Government The Power and Prestige of Royalty

The Royal Government – Even if the capital is Amsterdam, the real seat of power is in The Hague, centered around the Binnenhof. The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings in the heart of Den Haag that houses the Dutch Parliament, (de Tweede Kamer) the prime ministers office and several key government buildings.

The Peace Palace is an iconic building in The Hague that was built in 1913 to house the International Court of Justice, which is the principal judicial arm of the United Nations. Along with the Permanent Court of Arbitration , The Hague has worked on some of the most challenging diplomatic issues of our time for more than fifty years.

If you’re into the monarchy, we’ve got you covered. Noordeinde Palace is the main working palace of the Dutch royal family, though the king usually stays in nearly Huis ten Bosch in the evenings. Together, these buildings are of great historical and cultural significance to the Netherlands and are important symbols of the country’s legacy of democracy, peace, and trade.

Binnenhof Courtyard