The Hague—locally known as Den Haag—is the Netherlands’ third-largest city and a political heavyweight. Beyond the government buildings, however, The Hague’s cutting-edge restaurants, masterpiece-packed museums, and atmospheric neighborhoods demonstrate the city’s diverse appeal. Here’s how to make the most of your 2-day stay.
Begin your 2-day trip to The Hague with a relaxing, cultural immersion. The city is justifiably celebrated for its exceptional museums, of which the Mauritshuis Museum is a particular highlight. Venture inside in the company of an art historian to learn more about the canvases—including works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Rubens—on display.
Following your gallery-hopping, grab a light bite and get out in the fresh air: Afternoon is the perfect time to discover (and capture photos of) The Hague’s top attractions. A walking tour will help you navigate between local highlights such as the Peace Palace, Binnenhof government complex, and Old City Hall.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, wind down your first day in town with a culinary excursion. Food-themed walking tours will invite you to sample numerous bites and visit several eateries in a single evening, while beer-tasting tours offer equal parts education and entertainment.
After discovering The Hague’s heavy hitters, spend your second day visiting outlying towns and lesser-known neighborhoods. Begin with Delft: A quick trip by car or train, the town lent its name to the blue-and-white ceramics that have been made here for centuries. Go for a workshop tour, and even pick up a special souvenir.
Upon returning to The Hague proper, do as the Dutch do and go for a bike ride. Cycle through the oldest quarters in the city center, and even discover nearby beaches—it’s only a quick trip to nearby resorts such as Kijkduin.
The Hague may have a buttoned-up reputation, but visit Grote Markt and you’ll quickly discover a different side of the city. The bustling market square is ringed with trendy bars and restaurants that get ever more crowded after dark. Drop by to discover the nightlife—and for a celebratory end to your stay.