A holiday B&B, right in the centreThe Hague, Den Haag in Dutch, is often underestimated, but it is such a beautiful city that it should be included in every tour of the Netherlands. Book a B&B The Hague in the Oude Stadt, the old town. It's not huge so you can easily walk to all the most important sights, museums and parks. Adjacent to the centre is the Zeeheldenkwartier, a vibrant neighbourhood popular with young people: in addition to picturesque canals and impressive Art Nouveau buildings, this neighbourhood is also home to the famous Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice and can be visited with a guide.
The charm of the North SeaThe Hague is a city on the coast of the North Sea. The district of Scheveningen allows you to experience beautiful beaches, very different from those in the Mediterranean, but with a distinctive charm all of its own. Thanks to the good public transport connections, if you stay in a bed and breakfast in Scheveningen, you can reach the city centre easily and quickly. Take an evening walk along Holland's most popular beach with its indescribable evening atmosphere. The famous pier, with its Ferris wheel, restaurants, and beach bars lining the long promenade, is well worth a visit!
What to do during your stay in The HagueThe oldest quarter of The Hague is home to the seat of government, the Binnenhof, and the elegant Mauritshuis, one of the best-known museums, exhibiting Vermeer's famous work 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring'. Stroll through the beautiful city centre and taste Schaik's stroopwafel, best when freshly prepared and still warm. Also in the centre is the Noordeinde Palace, one of the official residences of the Dutch monarchy. Another attraction for tourists is the Madurodam miniature park, where you can discover the whole of the Netherlands on a smaller scale. Fun for all the family.
What to eat in The Hague?Although the Netherlands is not famous for its cuisine, the Dutch love to eat out and, despite the weather, sit outside all year round. You'll find the Dutch sitting comfortably at outdoor tables with electric heaters and warm wool blankets, even in winter! The Hague is known for its variety of culinary offerings from all over the world. Have a quick 'borrel', Dutch for an aperitif, in one of the many bars, or try the typical herring, smoked or raw. There is something for every taste and budget. For an original experience, book a multi-course meal in the Hoftrammm, a former tram turned travelling restaurant. It will take you from The Hague to Scheveningen and back.
Can you go shopping in The Hague?Shopping enthusiasts will not be disappointed in The Hague! All kinds of boutiques and concept stores can be found amongst the historic buildings. Also, take a look at one of the most famous department stores in town: De Bijenkorf. Continue through the famous Haagse Passage, an expressionist-style shopping street covered by a glass dome built in the second half of the 19th century. If you've not shopped till you've dropped yet, visit Europe's largest open-air market in the Herman Costerstraat. In the more than 500 stalls of the Haagse Markt, you can buy everything you want, from exotic fruit to flowers, fish to clothes.
Getting around The HagueThe Hague is easily accessible from Amsterdam by train, about one hour away. If you are visiting The Hague for the first time, the tourist tram is a great way to get to the main attractions. With a one-day ticket you can hop on and off at your leisure. Since many attractions, such as the Mauritshuis, the Binnenhof, the De Passage, the Peace Palace and Chinatown, are located close to the city centre, you can easily explore the most popular destinations on foot. If you drive, the Park & Ride car parks outside The Hague are cheaper and are conveniently connected to public transport. Tip: if you still want to reach the centre by car, daily parking tickets can be purchased in advance online at a discounted prices.