A list with the top 10 things to do in The Hague. The The Hague top 10 covers the most famous places of The Hague, the best tourist attractions of The Hague and best experiences. Admission fees are for adults, children usually pay less. The page about The Hague has a longer list with nice places and attractions to visit in The Hague, but if time is limited then try to visit the top 10 of The Hague attractions.
1. Binnenhof en Ridderzaal The Hague
The Binnenhof is located in The Hague. Binnenhof is a complex of buildings where the Dutch parliament has their seat. The Ridderzaal (Knights’ Hall) is one of the buildings. In the Ridderzaal the King holds his annual speech on Prinsjesdag. The inner court is an open space and freely open for public.
Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague houses the Royal Cabinet of Paintings. Mauritshuis is one of the major art museums in The Hague. Work of Dutch artists like Pieter Brueghel, Rembrandt and Vermeer is part of the collection. Currently Mauritshuis is closed due to renovations. Mid-2014 Mauritshuis will open again. Mauritshuis website.
3. The Hague Vredespaleis
In the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace) in The Hague houses the International Court of Justice. The Vredespaleis was built in 1913 as home for the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Vredespaleis tickets: €8,50. Vredepaleis Gardens: €7,-. Combination tickets including coffee/thea: €15,-. Vredespaleis (Peace Palace) website.
4. Madurodam miniature city
Madurodam is a miniature city with models of famous buildings in Holland and sceneries, scale 1:25. Visiting Madurodam is a great way for tourists to see many sights of Holland in a couple of hours, do not miss it! The park opened in 1952 and was renovated in 2012. Madurodam tickets: €15,-. Madurodam website.
5. Paleis Noordeinde The Hague
Paleis Noordeinde (Noordeinde Palace) is the official working palace of King Willem-Alexander. Paleis Noordeinde started as farmhouse. Later King Willem I and Queen Beatrix used the residence. Paleis Noordeinde is not open for public.
The Passage is the oldest shopping centre of Holland and is part of the top 100 of UNESCO-monuments in Holland. The The Hague Passage was built in 1885 in neorenaissance style and got another wing in 1929. The Passage website.
7. Park Clingendael The Hague
Park Clingendael is located outside the city centre of The Hague, but definitely worthwhile to visit. Huys Clingendael is located in the middle of park Clingendael. Further Clingendael has a Japanese garden and Dutch garden (Hollandse tuin). Park Clingendael admission: free. Park Clingendael website.
8. Avenue Culinaire The Hague
Avenue Culinaire is the name for one of the most beautiful canals of The Hague. Restaurants and pubs are located along the canal and offer food from several cuisines like European, Mediterranean and Spanish. Avenue Culinaire are the streets Dunne Bierkade, Bierkade and Groenewegje.
9. Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk The Hague
Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk (Great or St. James Church) is together with the Binnenhof one of the oldest buildings in The Hague. The Grote kerk has stained glass, large organ and monuments. The tower of the Grote kerk has six-sided and is with 93m one of the tallest of Holland.
10. Plein The Hague
Plein is a square in The Hague centre. Plein was made in 1632 and had to look like Place Royale in Paris. Plein is located next to the Binnenhof and Mauritshuis. Plein is a nice place to go for a drink or meal.