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How to Spend 1 Day in The Hague

How to Spend 1 Day in The Hague

Home to embassies, government buildings, and the International Criminal Court, The Hague’s political reputation precedes it—but there’s way more to do here than merely hobnob with bureaucrats. From vibrant museums to avant-garde restaurants, The Hague boasts culture aplenty. Here’s how to see it all in just one day.

Morning: A Sightseeing Introduction

The Hague (known locally as Den Haag) is an accessible and walkable city, and exploring on foot is one of the best ways to experience its major attractions. Set off on a walking tour to learn more about the city’s history and discover its major landmarks, from the Binnenhof (a complex of government buildings) and the Old City Hall to the Noordeinde Palace and the Peace Palace. Alternatively, fashion your own walking-tour itinerary based on your interests, whether they skew political or cultural.

Afternoon: Museum Explorations

The Hague is a cultural heavyweight, and nowhere is that more evident than in its surfeit of exceptional museums. Following your walking tour, spend your afternoon enjoying a relaxed gallery ramble. The Mauritshuis Museum is home to masterworks such as Vermeer’sGirl with a Pearl Earring, while Escher in Het Paleis celebrates the works of Dutch illustrator M.C. Escher. For a cultural outing of a different stripe, the Louwman Museum hosts an enviable collection of classic cars.

Evening: Gastronomic Discovery

Following your museum forays and sightseeing adventures, let your hair down in the evening—and get a dose of The Hague’s vibrant nightlife offerings—on a relaxed, guided beer tasting. Sample a number of different beer styles, mingle with locals, and even listen to live music. If gastronomy is more your style, then The Hague’s eclectic restaurant scene is also well worth discovering. Go for a self-guided culinary walk to visit multiple top eateries in the space of one night, enjoy wine pairings alongside, and discover different neighborhoods along the way.

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The Hague: Private Tour with a Local Guide

The Hague: Private Tour with a Local Guide

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Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see. With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$44.27
Price varies by group size
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$44.27
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: The Hague Walking Tour Including Peace Palace Visitors Center

Private Tour: The Hague Walking Tour Including Peace Palace Visitors Center

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Discover the historical highlights and cultural delights of The Hague on a private walking tour of the resplendent city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit architectural gems like the Tower of Rutte and Noordeinde Palace, and delve into the city’s rich history with visit’s to the Prison Gate Museum and City Hall. Admire the grandeur of the Parliament buildings around the Binnenhof, the city’s cultural heart and conclude your tour by paying a visit to the Peace Palace visitors center. Relish the flexibility of this private tour while receiving the undivided attention of your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$144.83
Price varies by group size
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$144.83
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Guided Tour of Mauritshuis Museum from the Hague with Art Historian

Private Guided Tour of Mauritshuis Museum from the Hague with Art Historian

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The Mauritshuis is renowned for its impressive collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, including masterpieces like Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp. This private tour gives art lovers the chance to discover the Royal Cabinet of Paintings with an art historian guide, offering additional insight into the famous works. Also included is a walking tour of the Old Town, a visit to the City Hall and an optional tour of The Hague Historical Museum or the Gemeentemuseum.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$352.96
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$352.96
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Admission for Escher in Het Paleis in The Hague

Admission for Escher in Het Paleis in The Hague

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Marvel at the optical illusions of Dutch artist M C Escher with entrance to the Escher in the Palace (Escher in Het Pales) exhibition in The Hague. Head inside the exhibition, housed in the former Royal Palace, and view over 150 of Escher’s mathematically inspired masterpieces independently. Admire the 20th-century artist’s best-known pieces, including ‘Descending and Ascending;’ a depiction of a never-ending staircase; and chart his early works and life story. Finish at the interactive exhibition zone that lets you try and solve some of Escher’s artistic puzzles by hand.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.17
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$12.17