A day out in The Hague? 17 local things to do in The Hague

Wat te doen in Den Haag

Things to do in The Hague on a day outDoing fun things in The Hague is easy with it being both a historical city and a modern city. Both an abundance of art galleries and the world famous jazz festival, North Sea Jazz.

The Hague is a stately city with many boulevards and parks, many embassies, many museums and a lively nightlife.

The city center is largely concentrated around the Hofvijver (Court Pond) and the Binnenhof (Inner Court) where the Dutch parliament holds its meetings. Another welcome distraction in the city is of course Scheveningen Beach where over 10 million tourists annually come to enjoy the sunshine. What more proof do you need to put The Hague in your itinerary?

Sightseeing Squares Parks Museums Scheveningen Events

Sightseeing in The Hague city center

A nice way to discover The Hague, especially thanks to its many cultural sights, is to make a city tour through the city centre.

Whether you prefer royal highlights or the rich architecture of The Hague, the city has a lot to offer.


Binnenhof in The Hague The place where politicians regularly get interviewed as visible on the Dutch news is the Binnenhof (Inner Court) in The Hague. Definitely worth a visit during your trip to The Hague. Next to viewing the Dutch political leaders and the intricacies of the policy making, [...] Continue reading about Binnenhof.


Gevangenpoort (Prison Gate Museum) in The Hague The Gevangenpoort (Prison Gate Museum) in The Hague offers a peek into the history of the city with both the building itself and its contents. The building has existed already since the 13th century and while the original function was a gate for the of [...] Continue reading about Gevangenpoort.


Madurodam The Hague The miniature city of Madurodam can be reached in 10 minutes by taking tram 9 from the Central Station in The Hague and serves as entertainment for both adults and kids during a trip to The Hague. You see the Netherlands in a nutshell and [...] Continue reading about Madurodam.

Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag in The Hague With a height of 14.5 meters and a length of no less than 114.5 meters, the canvas painted by Mesdag at the Zeestraat in the 19th century is a unique piece of work that was opened to the public already in 1881 for the first [...] Continue reading about Panorama Mesdag.

The Hague hotspots from the Plein to the Grote Markt

There’s an abundance of squares in The Hague, yet these two tend to get an above average number of visitors. Discover why, right here!

Grote Markt

Grote Markt in The Hague Among inhabitants of The Hague there's probably no square more popular than the Grote Markt (Great Market). Not so much because of the many sights to see as because of the many jovial bars that can be found there. From the bar the Zwarte Ruiter [...] Continue reading about Grote Markt.


Plein in The Hague With a statue of Willem van Oranje in the middle of the Plein (Square) in The Hague, it's more than a location that can be bought on the board game Monopoly (the Dutch version). Surrounded by the stately building of the De Witte society (named [...] Continue reading about Plein.

Parks in The Hague for a summer day

The Hague also has a sufficient amount of parks where you can relax and enjoy the sun with a pretty full schedule of activities and events taking place.

Lange Voorhout

Lange Voorhout in The Hague Also the Lange Voorhout is fun to do while you're visiting The Hague. Not so much a park, but as a walking promenade with shell sand. The typical Linden trees on this promenade are actually the source of a Dutch verse ‘Liesje leerde Lotje lopen [...] Continue reading about Lange Voorhout.


Westbroekpark in The Hague Let yourself be inspired by the hundreds of different roses and over 150 species of plants (including name tags) in the plant garden of the Westbroekpark in The Hague. Located in the borough Scheveningen and at walking distance from the beach, this might very well [...] Continue reading about Westbroekpark.


Zuiderpark in The Hague The Zuiderpark (Southern Park) is where you first of all are able to make a special trip past all the statues placed throughout it. Reason for the many statues was on the one hand because there was no more space in The Hague itself and [...] Continue reading about Zuiderpark.

Explore the unique exhibitions at museums in The Hague

The Hague being a city with a history that goes back to 1230 and the region being populated since 3000 before Christ, definitely has plenty to offer in when it comes to historical findings. These and more you can find in the many museums in The Hague during your day trip.

Escher in het Paleis

Escher in het Paleis in The hague Almost everyone, young and old, has at some point in their life seen a work by M.C. Escher. The impossibilities that his paintings represent are so often mind boggling that people can hardly stop talking about them. Never ending stairs, apparent movement and other compositions [...] Continue reading about Escher in het Paleis.

Gemeentemuseum The Hague

Gemeentemuseum The Hague There's no shortage of big names in the Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum) in The Hague. How about Picasso and Monet? The many galleries throughout the museum are filled with everything ranging from photography to paintings, fashion and Delftware. But what the museum is most known for [...] Continue reading about Gemeentemuseum The Hague.

Historical Museum of The Hague

Historical Museum of The Hague For those visitors curious about the history of The Hague, there's plenty to discover in the Historical Museum of The Hague with its broad collection, diverse exhibitions and plenty of activities. The collections consist, among others, thousands of pieces like city views throughout the centuries, [...] Continue reading about Historical Museum of The Hague.


Mauritshuis in The Hague A must see during your day out in The Hague is the Mauritshuis (House of Maurits). This museum is where you encounter Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer and the building itself has existed already since the 17th century and has recently gone through a [...] Continue reading about Mauritshuis.


Museon in The Hague The Museon in The Hague is where you'll discover anything ranging from nature to culture and technique. This museum that was founded in 1904 has the fixed collection Jouw wereld, mijn wereld (Your world, my world) with such an enormous diversity that you'll certain have [...] Continue reading about Museon.

The Mesdag Collection

The Mesdag Collection in The Hague While the Panorama Mesdag is already a sight in itself thanks to the size of the art piece, but that's not the only thing the sea painter Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife left behind. In the Mesdag Collection you discover, next to the works of [...] Continue reading about The Mesdag Collection.

Day trip from The Hague to Scheveningen

While Scheveningen is not separate municipality, you can ask any local, they definitely don’t feel like inhabitants of The Hague. That’s why we’ve put together a separate list of must-visits in Scheveningen during your visit to The Hague.

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Upcoming events and activities in The Hague

Visiting The Hague? Why not pay a visit to one of the many events taking place during your trip. Below the upcoming events in The Hague.