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  • 1 Mauritshuis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Korte Vijverberg 8

    The Hague's largest museum occupies an elegant residence, and is named after the man who financed its building, Prince John Maurice of Nassau-Siegen. It was built around 1640 in the purest classical style to designs by J. van Campen. The Mauritshuis ..

  • 2 Beelden aan Zee Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Harteveltstraat 1

    This museum is laid out around a pavilion built for Queen Wilhelmina in 1826. It contains contemporary sculptures collected by the Scholten-Miltenburgs from all over the world (Appel, Koenig, Zijlstra, Tajiri, Otto, Man Ray, Mitoraj), encompassing a ..

  • 3 Gemeentemuseum den Haag Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Stadhouderslaan 41

    The municipal museum was built in 1935 by Berlage. Its reinforced concrete structure is faced with yellow bricks. A gallery leads to the museum's rooms, where the displays and natural lighting coalesce perfectly. The collections are divided into six ..

  • 4 Mesdag Panorama Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Zeestraat 65

    This "panorama", a device that was very fashionable a century ago, shows Scheveningen in 1881. The work is a collaboration between Hendrik Willem Mesdag and other artists of the Hague school. Painted in a style that is in the purest traditi..

  • 5 Madurodam Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    George Maduroplein 1

    The name of this miniaturised town is a tribute to George Maduro, an officer who was deported to Dachau then killed in 1945. The creation of Madurodam dates back to 1952. The models, built on a scale of 1: 25, bring together Holland's most typical bu..

  • 6 Escher in Het Paleis Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lange Voorhout 74

    Queen Emma's former palace displays the works of artist Maurits Cornelius Escher (1898-1972). Using either tangible figures (fish, birds, reptiles, humans) or more artificial forms (unravelled knots, three-dimensional cross-sections, contrasts betwee..

  • 7 Binnenhof Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This place is democratic Holland's centre of political process. The Stathouder gate leads into the interior courtyard (Binnenhof), in the middle of which stands the Chamber of the Knights, or Ridderzaal. The buildings built all around, of different p..

  • 8 Musée Bredius Interesting

    Museums and art

    Lange Vijverberg 14

    Abraham Bredius (1855-1946), art historian and former director of the Mauritshuis, bequeathed his collection of paintings to the city. Installed in a fine town house of 1757, the museum is named after him and displays some of the collection. Amongst ..

  • 9 Lange Voorhout Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Lange Voorhout

    The shaded side avenues of the Lange Voorhout - their broad lawns brightened by crocuses in the springtime - are flanked by the finest residences in the Hague, most of them occupied by embassies. In the summer a large antiques fair brings life to the..

  • 10 Musée Mesdag Interesting

    Museums and art

    Laan Van Meerdervoort 7F

    This museum of 19th Century painting occupies Mesdag's home and the building he had constructed in 1887 to house his rich collections of artworks. The painter bequeathed all of it to the state in 1903, and thanks to this museum the mid 19th Century s..

  • 11 Louwman Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Leidsestraatweg 57

    This museum has more than 200 cars tracing the history of the automobile from its very beginnings. It also has carriages and sleighs from the 18C, trophies, posters and automobile accessories. There are in particular the Dutch Spijker cars (1899-1925..

  • 12 Beach

    Nature and gardens

    This long and broad stretch of fine sand is bordered for 3 km by a boulevard, the Strandweg, extended to the east by a pedestrian street. Foreign tourists and the inhabitants of The Hague love to take the air or have a drink there (many terrace cafés..

  • 13 Pier

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This long promenade-jetty leads to four buildings on piles providing a variety of amusements: you should see, for example, the steering tower (45 m high), which has a broad panoramic view over Scheveningen, the Hague, the dunes around Wassenaar and t..

  • 14 Port

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The fishing port is still very lively. The two inner basins (binnenhavens) contain coasters, ferry-boats providing a link with England (Great Yarmouth), pleasure boats and a flotilla of trawlers. An obelisk is a reminder of the place from where Willi..

  • 15 Sea Life Scheveningen

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Strandweg 13

    In the various aquariums at this submarine life centre (from the shore to the deep sea), you can see sharks, rays, sea anemones, crabs, eels and jellyfish. The centre also has an underwater observatory, a tropical area and a submarine tunnel.

  • 16 Fishermen's district

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Dr de Visserplein

    Initially this was located to the east of the port, near the dunes (around Visserplein), the fishermen's town was then enlarged and has new districts to the south and to the west which are made up of large brick quadrilaterals set around a courtyard ..

  • 17 City Centre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Broad avenues spread out from the Binnenhof (the centre of Dutch political life). Along them stand finely constructed aristocratic residences. Pedestrian streets and covered arcades serve numerous shops, among them some of the purveyors of antiques a..

  • 18 Buitenhof

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    A statue of William II dominates this exterior courtyard of the ancient castle of the Counts of Holland. It is a very popular place for a stroll.

  • 19 Plein

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    The Ministry of Defence (Defensie) is in this square. A statue of William the Silent stands in the middle and in winter there is an antiques market. Number 23 is worthy of note, a fine 18th Century edifice built to plans by D. Marot.

  • 20 The Hague Historical Museum

    Museums and art

    Korte Vijverberg 7

    This remarkable historical museum occupies the former lodgings of the Company of Archers of St Sebastian. There are collections of material from archaeological digs, church silver, egg-shell porcelain and views of the Hague; together they illustrate ..

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