Top 8 places to visit in Den Haag for international tourists

16.08.21 03:24 PM By Dennis

Den Haag is the second most populous city in the Netherlands. It is a popular tourist destination because of its history and places to visit, a city to remember. There are many places for international tourists to explore, but not all budgets are equal. In this blog post, we will discuss some places that can be explored by anyone travelling solo or with friends on a normal budget.

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1 - Scheveningen

When you visit The Hague the beach at the north sea is one the places you must have visit. Especialy for the budget traveler this is a nice way to stay in The Hague and spend your day at the beach. You don't have to spent all your money at the seaside resort, you can also spend your time for free at the beach. This doesn't have to cost a lot of money as you can do your food shopping in the supermarket before your go. Get your towel and enjoy the sun and get in the sea.


The Scheveningen beach is the most popular beach of The Netherlands so the Dutch will come here too! Expect a buzzing boulevard with the beach seaside resort to choose from. The most important part for its citizins of The Hague is the beach feel and the air of the wind during the whole year.


There surf boards are available at the seaside, the scheveningen beach is a well know beach place inside the surf community to enjoy the waves and the sea.

2 - The Peace Palace

The Peace Palace is the seat of the Hague's International Court of Justice. The Peace Palace was built between 1899 and 1907 to commemorate Dutch efforts at peacemaking in a time when international law had been codified but hadn't yet been applied experimentally and there were no permanent places for nations to make peace with one another diplomatically.


The Peace Palace is brilliant and the architecture is very impressive. It was built in a neoclassical style with marble columns that stand on both sides of the two stairways from street level to its entrance, which are topped by statues representing China and Japan.


There are guided tours available for the palace to reserve.

A City of peace and justice

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3 - Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag the cylindrical panoramasculpture with an extent of 120 meters and a height of 14 meters. It shows the view from The Hague (Het Scheveningse Bos) to Scheveningen on the North Sea, The Hague and De duinen.


The painting and the art shown on the museum, titled Het Haagse Bosch, is from 1881 and was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag - a famous artist who worked in the Hague School style. His wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, Théophile de Bock, George Hendrik Breitner and Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch are also on display.


Panorama Mesdag the museum was founded in 1881 at the Zeestraat in The Hague. Since 1910, it has been managed by a family company after H.W. Mesdag's death following the death of his wife.The family company had the task of guaranteeing the art and opening for public access to the panorama. There are also guided tours available in the museum.

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4 - The old city center

The Hague has an old city centre which you can discover in a day or 2, it has a lot of hidden spots with a nice mix of old architecture back to the 13th century till the 17th century (the golden age of the city) till the modern 20th century. The city is the home of the royal family and has the history for the real lover of good stories. The city is also where to the political parties are located and the building of the goverment is located. Below you will find the many typical Dutch place to be when you are visiting Den Haag.

The Ridderzaal

There is a 13th century room at the Binnenhof in The Hague called the Ridderzaal, one of the oldest buildings of the city, home to the reception hall for ceremonial state occasions, such as when the monarch delivers an annual State-of-the-Nation speech.

The Ridderzaal is also used for formal events and councils of government departments.


Even before the Dutch Floris IV of Dirk van Wassenaar purchased the home from Vrouwe Meilendis in 1230, he had already begun the building a princely residence there. He built his living quarters as the nucleus with all the major rooms surrounding it.


The Oldest hall was the reception hall in Holland's 13th century residence, since it was completed around 1288 home to Count Floris V of Holland."


At the absence of graves, the room was only later used as forecourt to the Royal Hall where courts held their sessions. As for republic era, this room was often used for other purposes, such as bookstore trade shows, walking zone, market square , retail store, lounge area and station where tickets were drawn from Dutch national lottery.


Thus, he was also called Lottery Room. The name Knight’s Hall is not until the nineteenth century started to use, under the influence of Romanticism. In 1994 and 1995, during restoration of their own meeting hall, the Chamber used Knights’ Hall for meetings.

5 - Noordeinde Palace

The Palace (a royal Palace) in The Hague is a stately palace located in the Dutch city of The Hague, situated at Noordeinde. It is the home workpalace of King Willem-Alexander (The king of The Netherlands). It's an exclusive complex that is property of State The Netherlands with responsibility for architectural upkeep and furnishings.

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The Royal family

The royal family is an important part of The Hague's citizins. The largest part of the people are proud that the family is from The Hague. The royals are very popular in The Netherlandsm, most important reason is the current queen Maxima. The Hague's citizins are proud of the city including the fact that the royal family is one of the many. 

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Lange Voorhout

One of the most popular and oldest streets in Den Haag is Het Lange Voorhout. The street runs east-west, connecting the Binnenhof to the Hofvijver lake. Het Lange Voorhout is one of the most popular places for window shopping, and it's a long street where you can find many stores. It's perfect to spend an evening or just take a walk around The Hague after dinner.

The 15th century

The first settlement at the Lange Voorhout was built around 1500. In 1404, Margaret of Kleef donated land to the Brethren of the Dominican Order to establish a monastery there. From this time onwards, The Cloister Church (1420) is dated back to that period. The Lange Vijverberg (literally “long pond”) was created around 1463 and the Lange Voorhout became a residential street.

The 20th century

In 2009, the street underwent renovations. Soil was excavated to a depth of 3 meters in order to build foundations that would protect its roots and make room for art exhibits on the surface. A coat of scallops was applied as protection against earthquakes, giving it more historical texture. Seating areas were redesigned so that visitors may enjoy the surroundings and also places for exhibition.

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6 - The Binnenhof

Some of the most recognizable places in The Hague for international tourists with a normal budget are the Het Binnenhof, Ridderzaal, Torentje van de minister-president and Hofvijver. Via the historic entrance at Het Binnenhof you step right into our democracy’s heart. 


The Hague's historic town centre is an important hub for national politics and the site of many country-defining events. See the Ridderzaal with its many historical details and visit the king's throne in The Hague.

Fountain

Next to the Binnenhof Square in The Hague stands a neo-gothic fountain designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, donated during the end of 19th century by prominent Dutch citizens in appreciation for renovations made to the Palace District.

Torentje

Het Torentje is an architectural site in the Binnenhof in The Hague and is a small triangle-shaped building. Home to the National Archives, this flat 13th century building was built at the end of the 1300's (and only later named Holland).Originally, 


The Little Tower on the edge of the Binnenhof was meant as a summer pavilion for the princes of Holland. It was connected by means of an overaeas ropeway to the princely garden.


Over this garden, which is located east of The Little Tower, around 1640 Mauritshuis was built. Since the 19th century, the office of the Prime Minister of The Netherlands has been housed in Torentje in The Hague.

Hofvijver

De Hofvijver is a lake near the parliament building, called the Binnenhof, in Central The Hague. Unlike its name suggests, the Hofvijver was once natural ridge where water from both the Hague Stream (the original: Duinbeek) and Bosbeek converged), but it now contains freely circulating water. The Hofvijver in The Hague is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. A delightful way to spend an afternoon or evening, the lake offers places to relax on its shores while enjoying some of The Hague most beautiful architecture (golden age) in the background.

Haags Jantje at the hofvijver

Stop by the tower and Mauritshuis, then head to Lange Vijverberg through Museumkwartier. Do you see "Jantje" there? Read more about Jantje known from the popular children's song "In Den Haag is a count and his son's name is Jantje".

Binnenhof renovation 2021-2026

The beating heart of Dutch democracy will be renovated from fall 2021. The entire Binnenhof area will disappear behind aisles for five years thanks to massive renovation. However, the Binnenhof site will continue to be an inspiring and exciting attraction as before.

7 - Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden at Clingendael is the most precious gem in its collection. It is the only Japanese garden in Holland from 1910, making it a valuable historical site. Furthermore, it has the largest Japanese garden here with a surface area of 6800 square meters. The fragile garden contains beautiful and rare trees and plants, which is why this place is a popular destination for wedding parties and photo shoots.


Combine visit to the Japanese garden with a tour of Clingendael and 17th century Dutch palace, accompanied by an accredited guide from Gilde. Minimum 4 people and maximum 15 per group. Time and date can be set by request.

Clingendael

Clingendael is one of the prettiest estates in the Netherlands. The centuries-old land situated between Den Haag and Wassenaar has a history made clear by its natural beauty and culture. Clingendael is a large landscaped garden with beautiful buildings, gardens with impressive tree clusters and mirror-like water features. Clingendael's signature feature is the Japanese Garden which opens only for a few weeks of the year. With its natural beauty, meandering paths and large playing fields, this park offers an escape from city life any time of the year.

History

Clingendael Manor has a rich history; the name “Clingendael” refers to the small valley between sand dunes (clinge). In the 16th century, it was a bucolic estate with an old farmhouse. This building gradually transitioned to serve as residence and became home of many prestigious guests from Europe.


Familie Van Brienen sold the estate to the municipality of The Hague in 1954, who opened it for public access. The house was rebuilt from 1975 and opened as a study center in 1982 when the International Study Center Institute Clingendael established itself there.

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8 - Louwman Museum

Museum Louwman includes an expert-described and unrivaled private collection of Evert Louwman's Dutch car imports. The museum wants to offer the clearest and most fascinating possible picture of the development of cars since 1886 - when the first car was built. For this reason, there are both pioneer-automobiles from the 19th century and current cars in the museum.


The Car Museum is housed in a beautiful historic building, built around 1910 by architect Pierre Cuypers for the Dutch Pavilion at an international exhibition organized to celebrate Holland's independence from France. The museum has been renovated several times over time but most recently in 2013-2014 when it was turned into a car museum with a spacious exhibition hall with many cars and old-timers.

Museum plein

On your visit to the Louwman Museum you can also enjoy a cup of coffee and delicious lunch. The restaurant is located at Museum plein, which is a pleasant space with an inimitable 1920s look & feel. The facades of the houses on the square are original facades from most likely many existing Haagse homes.