3 Days Itinerary The Hague: Here’s what to do to save time and money

3 Day Itinerary The Hague

After spending as little as 3 days in Rotterdam, it is likely that you will have heard about the city The Hague. Located on the province of South Holland and half an hour away from Rotterdam you can find the beautiful and underrated city The Hague, Netherlands. If you are planning to pay it a visit, this itinerary will tell you the best things to do for three days, and smart ways to save money while doing them.

Day 1

There are several ways in which you can enter The Hague. If you arrive by air, the closest airport is the Rotterdam-The Hague which stands just 20 minutes outside the city. If you are flying in from Amsterdam airport, you could easily reach it by train; one of the most popular forms of transport in The Netherlands – and is extremely reliable. 
The best way to get to know The Hague (or any city for that matter) is by roaming freely through its streets. One excellent way to see the heart of the city, is by going on a shopping spree. The historic center has been entirely designed for pedestrians; something which is greatly appreciated these days.
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The center is famous for a popular street called Noordeinde: beautifully decorated with rows of buildings designed with traditional Dutch architecture, and for its infinite amount of unique businesses. More specifically, art enthusiasts and creatives will particularly enjoy strolling and browsing through antique clothing, furniture, and jewelry shops.
Foodies will be happy to pick out any of the amazing restaurants that will surely meet (and overcoming) high expectations for all kinds of tastes. If you are looking to catch a break from

things to do in Rotterdam

walking for many hours, coffee drinkers will love to sip on endless cups at Lola, while the Van Kleef Distillery will offer you with the ultimate culinary and wine-drinking experiences.

As you continue on, you will be able to admire the Noordeinde Paleis; a one of a kind building where the King of the Netherlands actively works in for most days of the week.

Day 2

Besides its beautiful buildings and museums, The Hague is mostly known for its breathtaking beach called Scheveningen. The best time to visit the beach is generally thought to be in the summer but in reality, Scheveningen remains just as exceptional at any time of the year. Walking along the pier and beachfront alone are some of the best wallet-friendly activities you could do since they would require little to no money; except for if you fall into the temptations of an ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate in one of the many cafes out there.

For adrenaline seekers, Scheveningen offers both a wide range of exciting activities; from zip lining trips, to an exhilarating bungee jump (which just so happens to be the only one in the country). Regardless of the time of the year. Scheveningen makes it possible for you to pursue watersports such as surf, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Throughout the year, the Scheveningen beach is home to dozens of events. For example, if you are lucky enough to go at the end of December, you may become part of the New Year’s Day plunge where hundreds of brave volunteers jump in the cold waters to welcome the new year. Otherwise, during the summer Scheveningen hosts the annual volleyball tournament and The Parade; both national sensations that incorporate all forms of culture in one setting; theater, art, music, dance and sports.

the Scheveningen beach

Of course, there is nothing like experiencing The Fair at night under the stars. This fair is set up through most of the warm months of the year; from April to September.

Day 3

Sine you have done your best to visit as much of the city as possible these past few days, perhaps it would be a good tactic to enrich your time at The Hague by indulging in some Dutch culture on your last day. The Hague has an impressive amount of museums that cater to all kinds of tastes and likings. On the other hand, some museums that you certainly cannot miss are the Gementeemueum Den Haag, and the Mauritshuis.

In the Gementeemueum, you will be able to find art that dates as late as the 1800s, up to the modern times of Mondrian. In addition, it is also home to several exhibitions that are definitely worth the price and time. In the Mauritshuis, you will find one of paintings that the entire country of Netherlands is famous for: Girl with a Pearl Earring by the legendary Johannes Vermeer. While children under the age of 18 are exempt from paying a tickets, adults are not.

However, if you are able to get your hands on a Holland Pass, Rotterdampas or a Museumcard buy buying it online or at the local library in Rotterdam, you would be able to benefit from great discounts on countless museums exclusively around the Rotterdam and The Hague areas.

In fact, if you choose to invest in a card like this, you would perhaps even have time to visit a third or fourth museum during your stay! Our recommendations are the Panorama Mesdag if you would like to experience the largest painting of the Netherlands from a 360° perspective, or the Escher in het Paleis museum that contains over 150 prints of optical illusions, paradoxes and graphics which will ensure the entire family a few hours of good fun.

On your last night at The Hague, it would be a good idea to spend your night bar-hopping at the Plein. The Plein, just a few steps away from the outstanding Ministry of Justice building and is full of trendy and unordinary bars and restaurants. If you are looking for both a cheap and local eating experience, the Vishandel Hollands Spoor is probably the best option for you. Fish in every form; grilled or fried will be guaranteed to fulfill your soul (and wallet!) with every bite. 

3 Day Itinerary Rotterdam

3 Day Itinerary Rotterdam

When one thinks of travelling to The Netherlands, Amsterdam is usually the first city that springs to mind. Of course, no one can deny that Amsterdam is a timeless and attractive destination to spend time in. On the other hand, the often disregarded and overlooked city of Rotterdam is one that you should not miss out on.

Rotterdam had been considered the world’s most creative city back in 2008, and has been relentless in continuing to produce, build and create upon this. Today, Rotterdam is surrounded by outstanding pieces of architecture and design while housing an overwhelming amount of cultural amenities and events such as museums, exhibitions, festivals, neighborhoods and communities.

In order for you get the most out of your 3-day visit to Rotterdam, this article will provide you with the some of the best attractions and activities you can do while you are there. Enjoy!

Day 1

For your first day in Rotterdam, it would perhaps be a good plan to get a general gist of what the city is like before you decide to focus your time in a specific activity.

A great to start this journey, is to step out from the Blaak whether you are arriving by train, tram or metro. Blaak is one of the main stops that leads right into the heart of the city. If you are lucky enough to be there on a Saturday or a Tuesday, you will immediately you will be faced with an impressively sized market where you can find pretty much anything – from fresh fish caught in the early hours in the The Hague, to very affordable vintage pieces of clothing. If you come on any day different to those stated above, don’t worry – delicious surprises are waiting for you inside the Markthal.

Inside the Markthal you will find over 20 different food stalls which will inevitably make it hard for you to only choose one to eat from. Because of this, it is strongly suggested to buy small dishes from a few places and relish them on one of the reserved seating areas.

To digest you everything you have eaten at the Markthal, you can go on a pleasant walk through the busy and large streets of Coolsingel and Westersingel, where you will be shown perfect examples of Rotterdam’s creativity. Throughout, you will find all sorts of artworks and spontaneous businesses which they like to call concept stores. You will also be able to see the overwhelming amount of bikers with children and even pets riding on the same bikes, whizzing through the streets; a form of transport that one may not see much of these days.

the Markthal

After doing a little shopping, a great way to finish the day would be to enjoy a pint of beer and a side of bitteballen in the vibrant street of Witte de Withstraat.

Day 2

Rotterdam is known for its incredible amount and variety of museums; there is quite literally one for each taste, interest and age. If you happen to be an art enthusiast, visiting the Photography Museum or the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in the Museum Park is an excellent option since if offers everything from classical art like Reuben’s paintings, to modern artworks. Although the majority of museums have activities for children, perhaps the Natural History museum or Mariners Museum would have much more attractive as they have much more interactive exhibitions for them.

As you will have probably noticed, bikes are the dominant form of transport in Rotterdam. The roads and streets are fully adapted to the needs of bikers; so renting bikes to get from place to place would indeed be a fun and unique (yet safe) activity to do as a family. If you are travelling with younger children, don’t worry – there are always solutions such as adapting extra seats, or building even an entire ‘basket’ that can fit up to 3 children. On the other hand, there is always the possibility to move around Rotterdam in a thrilling water taxi; allowing you to see Rotterdam from an entirely different perspective.

End the day by eating a meal at the Hotel New York at the other side of the landmark Erasmus burg; admiring the boats and lights that come to life as the sun goes down.

the Erasmusburg

Day 3

If you are craving for something that drifts away from touristic attractions, your final day in Rotterdam can be spent strolling through the streets of Kralingen. Kralingen is a neighborhood located very close to the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and it can be distinguished by its infinite rows of traditional Dutch houses (and even mansions). Many of them are surrounded by beautiful dykes which make the houses are floating peacefully.

Due to the Dutch’s Calvinistic ancestors and mentalities, many of people’s large windows are stay open. If you are lucky and discreet, you will be able to take a peek inside and see for yourself how the Dutch have an incredible gift for interior design. Stroll through the Kralingen Bos; an immense park where you will be able to see a genuine Dutch windmill ‘De Ster’ from the distance across the lake.

If you follow the river by foot or bike, you will be able to see a panoramic view Rotterdam until you reach a place called Tropicana. Don’t worry, you will not be walking into an abandoned swimming pool. Indeed, although it was once a center where the people of Rotterdam would practice swimming once upon a time, today it has been remodeled and refurbished into a witty and one-of-a-kind restaurant where you will be able to do all sorts of random things at a time but that somehow fit in perfectly such as: eat and drink, observe large tortoises, play ping pong and sit on their indoor swing set.

traditional Dutch houses

Rotterdam is a city full of surprises that will make sure to keep you on your feet at all times. No matter at what time of the year you visit, there will always be something put on by artists and creative, enthusiastic individuals.