The Hague

The Hague's center is crammed with the best the city has to offer in terms of art, history, and architecture. An exploration of a relatively small area will take you to the Binnenhof, home to the famous Ridderzaal or along the leafy Lange Voorhout for a stroll through what in the 19th century was the place to see and be seen. Ve
The Hague's center is crammed with the best the city has to offer in terms of art, history, and architecture. An exploration of a relatively small area will take you to the Binnenhof, home to the famous Ridderzaal or along the leafy Lange Voorhout for a stroll through w
The Hague's center is crammed with the best the city has to offer in terms of art, history, and architecture. An explora

The Hague's center is crammed with the best the city has to offer in terms of art, history, and architecture. An exploration of a relatively small area will take you to the Binnenhof, home to the famous Ridderzaal or along the leafy Lange Voorhout for a stroll through what in the 19th century was the place to see and be seen. Venture a little farther afield and you’ll come upon the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, where works by Vermeer and other masters usually hanging in the Mauritshuis are on view.

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  • Binnenhof and the Ridderzaal

    1. Binnenhof and the Ridderzaal

    Government Building

    The governmental heart of the Netherlands, the Binnenhof (or Inner Court) complex is in the very center of town yet tranquilly set apart, thanks...Read More

    Binnenhof and the Ridderzaal
  • 2. Escher in Het Paleis Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    First known as the Lange Voorhout Palace, this lovely building was originally the residence of Caroline of Nassau, daughter of Prince Willem...Read More

  • 3. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the finest examples of 20th-century museum architecture was designed by H. P. Berlage (the grand Old Master of modern Dutch architecture...Read More

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  • 4. Madurodam

    Museum Village

    Statistically, the Dutch are the tallest people in Europe, and never must they be more aware of their size than when they visit this miniature...Read More

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  • 5. Mauritshuis

    Museum/Gallery

    One of Europe's greatest museums, the Mauritshuis reopened in 2014 following a major renovation that created a new underground lobby and a new...Read More

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  • 6. De Mesdag Collectie

    Museum/Gallery

    Literally wallpapered with grand paintings and exquisite fabrics and tapestries, this oft-overlooked treasure trove is the former residence...Read More

  • 7. Galerij Prins Willem V

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the last remaining Dutch art kabinets, this princely gallery is packed with Old Masters hung in 18th-century touche-touche fashion...Read More

  • 8. Gevangenpoort Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Originally a gatehouse to the local duke's castle, Gevangenpoort was converted to a prison around 1420. In 1882, it opened in its current incarnation...Read More

  • 9. Grote Kerk

    Market/Bazaar

    The main traditional street market (an organic farmers' market at that) in The Hague is generally held outside the Grote Kerk on Wednesday 11–6. ...Read More

  • 10. Haags Historisch Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the series of museums that encircle the Hofvijver lake, the Historical Museum is in the Sebastiaansdoelen, a magnificent Classical-Baroque...Read More

  • 11. Hofvijver

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Beside the Binnenhof, this long, rectangular reflecting pool—the venerable remains of a medieval moat—comes complete with tall fountains and...Read More

  • 12. Lange Voorhout

    Market/Bazaar

    From the beginning of May until the end of October on Thursday and Sunday, an antiques market takes over Lange Voorhout. Wandering through the...Read More

  • 13. Museon

    Museum/Gallery

    Museon claims to be "the most fun-packed popular science museum in the Netherlands," and perhaps they're right. Permanent exhibitions center...Read More

  • 14. Museum Bredius

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an 18th-century patrician mansion, the collection of traveler and art connoisseur Abraham Bredius (1855–1946) supports the argument...Read More

  • 15. Museum voor Communicatie

    Museum/Gallery

    With lots of space, light, and activities, the ultramodern Communication Museum looks at the ways in which people have gotten in touch with...Read More

  • 16. Omniversum

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The IMAX theater shows a rotating program of film spectaculars, including several with nature-based and futuristic themes, on a screen six stories...Read More

  • 17. Panorama Mesdag

    Museum/Gallery

    Long before TV was capable of reproducing reality, painted panoramas gave viewers the chance to immerse themselves in another world. The Panorama...Read More

  • 18. Plein

    Market/Bazaar

    On Thursday (January–April and October–December), there's another antiques market on the Plein. ...Read More

  • 19. Stadhuis Atrium

    Building/Architectural Site

    Richard Meier's Neo-Modernist 1995 complex, comprising the Town Hall, Central Library, and Municipal Record Office, is an awe-inspiring creation...Read More

  • 20. Vredespaleis

    Government Building

    Facing the world across a broad lawn, this building houses the International Court of Justice plus a 500,000-volume law library. The court was...Read More

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