Itinerary #1: The Hague Highlights
You can make a list of the top things to see in The Hague, but you may be trekking back and forth (and wasting precious time!) if you don’t know the city very well. Instead of spending more time with your eyes on a map than the sights themselves, check out this 8.5-hour itinerary which visits the city’s best sights – 23, to be precise – as efficiently as possible.
You’ll start your day at the Mauritshuis, the famed museum that’s collection boasts Vermeer’s renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring, before heading to the historic Binnenhof. After a quick walk around the area – and a cup of something hot at one of The Hague’s best coffee spots – you’ll find yourself near Palace Noordeinde and the surrounding spectacular shopping streets.
Check out the Peace Palace before making the 15-minute journey to the beach at Scheveningen, where you can dig your toes into the sand and enjoy the pier. After a little bit of fun in the sun (or, in the winter, cosying up by the fire) and a visit to the miniature Madurodam theme park, head back to the city centre for dinner at one of The Hague’s best restaurants.
Itinerary #2: The Hague’s Royal Route
This one-hour route, featuring more than 20 sights, is the perfect introduction to The Hague’s stately buildings and royal history. Each spot on the route also offers plenty to do besides simply gazing at a building from afar: admire ground-breaking art at Escher in het Paleis, housed in a former royal residence, or why not picnic in the Palace Garden. The Grote Kerk, one of the oldest buildings in The Hague, is where the royals wed in the Netherlands – and you can even climb its tower’s hundreds of steps for spectacular 360-degree views of the city.
Itinerary #3: Go shopping in The Hague
Shopaholics in The Hague for only a short time can still get their retail fix. With this shopping route, you’ll explore lesser known areas of The Hague’s historic centre and see the best boutiques and shopping streets in the city. Take a tour of the Boekhorstraat, known for its specialty shops, or the Prinsestraat, known for design stores and trendy fashion. The route takes around 3.5 hours to walk, but it may take a little longer if you’d rather take some time browsing for new goodies to buy.
If you have a little more time to spend in the city, check out the other routes in The Hague to make sure you see it all.