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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.