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The Hague

Expect historical buildings, Dutch art museums, and suburb beaches from the home of international law.

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The Hague: City Canal Cruise

1. The Hague: City Canal Cruise

Board this canal cruise for a relaxing and informative tour through the canals of The Hague. Your guide will show you all sides of the city from the posh to the modest, both the working-class and upper-class parts of The Hague. The boat is very comfortable and your knowledgeable guide will tell you all that you could ever want to know about the city. During this cruise, you'll be able to learn about the history of The Hague and see its sights from a different perspective. While cruising the canals, you can take in many sights of this international city of Peace and Justice. Please note that not all of the canal cruises are conducted in English. Due to the many nationalities of passengers handouts are provided in Dutch, English, German, French, and Spanish.

Madurodam: Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

2. Madurodam: Miniature Park Entrance Ticket

Discover the highlights and heritage of Holland at Madurodam, world famous for its model village, the Netherlands in miniature. The park consists of 338 miniatures as well as flowers in bloom from April until October. Enjoy interactive activities and two playgrounds. Visit Little Amsterdam, have a look at the Parliament Building in The Hague, or see what a real Dutch cheese market looks like. Everything is built to a scale of 1:25 including miniature trains, boats, and cars that move around. Visit the indoor attractions to find out more about Holland’s rich history. Hear about the Dutch’s ability to transform water into land. Experience the waters threatening the Netherlands in the Waterwolf and help the steam engine keep Holland dry.

The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

3. The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

Indulge the art-lover in you at the Mauritshuis, home to the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Explore one of the most iconic buildings in the Hague, located next to the Parliament. Look out of its windows for a view of the pond.  Discover the art museum's compact, yet world-renowned collection. See more than 200 masterpieces such as Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp" by Rembrandt, "The Goldfinch" by Fabritius, and "The Bull" by Potter on permanent display. Appreciate the collection's rich variety, with genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, and portraits by Rubens. Admire the 17th-century monument's historic yet intimate interior, with its silken wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers, and monumental painted ceilings. Stay as long as you wish and visit the museum at your own pace. Allow around 1.5 hours, which is the average visit duration. Visit the restaurant and coffee shop, purchase some souvenirs, or visit the temporary exhibition. The current Facelifts & Make-overs exhibition tells the story of paintings that have been treated in the Mauritshuis over the past 25 years. What do you do if a painting is damaged by woodworm? Why was something added to a painting by Frans Hals for no apparent reason? And what dilemma does a conservator face if an extra figure suddenly reappears in a picture? Learn all about making the lower layers of paintings visible (sometimes revealing a completely different composition underneath) and the development of ‘craquelure’ (those fine cracks in the paint of old paintings). Find out how ‘dendrochronology’ (a technique for dating wood by studying the annual growth rings in tree trunks).

The Hague: The Pier SkyView Ticket with Drink and Snack

4. The Hague: The Pier SkyView Ticket with Drink and Snack

SkyView de Pier is the first Ferris wheel constructed over the sea in Europe. It was built at the Pier in Scheveningen and is a great possibility to get to see the city of The Hague from above.  Fly to a height of 50 meters and enjoy the amazing views over the North Sea, the beach and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Rotterdam. Take advantage of a closed climate-controlled gondola and enjoy the ride with your friends and family.  Savor some freshly baked apple pie or muffin with tea or coffee that you can take with you on the ride.

The Hague: Scheveningen Beach RIB Speedboat Tour

5. The Hague: Scheveningen Beach RIB Speedboat Tour

Feel an adrenaline rush as you admire Scheveningen Beach on a high-powered RIB speedboat tour. Experience the raw strength of 2 Yamaha 250-horsepower engines. Travel with a safety vest and a local guide.  Meet your guide and get set up with your safety vest and head out to the 9-meter-long boat. Listen to a short safety briefing to ensure you feel confident during your trip. Embark on an exciting adventure. Cut through the water to see the Pier and the Grand Kurhaus hotel. Admire the boulevard with its beaches and see all the ships docked at the harbor. During the summer, go for a swim in the sea. Depending on the wishes of the passengers, have the option to go full throttle and reach speeds of up to 100 kilometers an hour.  Capture pictures of the lighthouse and Scheveningen from the sea. Hold on as you make some sharp turns. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

The Hague: Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram

6. The Hague: Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram

See the highlights of The Hague with full-day access to the hop-on hop-off tram. Jump on and off the tram as much as you like, stopping by the Houses of Parliament, Peace Palace, the beach of Scheveningen, and more. You can start your journey at any of the 16 tram stops of the hop-on hop-off tram: • Stop 1 (2511 BL Den Haag): Centrum (10:15 AM, then every 30 min until 4:45 PM) • Stop 2 (2595 DC Den Haag): Centraal Station (10:20 AM, then every 30 min until 4:50 PM) • Stop 3 (2514 AR Den Haag): Malieveld (10:22 AM, then every 30 min until 4:52 PM) • Stop 4 (2585 HZ Den Haag): Madurodam (10:27 AM, then every 30 min until 4:57 PM) • Stop 5 (2587 AB Den Haag): Nieuwe Duinweg/Westbroekpark (10:30 AM, then every 30 min until 5:00 PM) • Stop 6 (2586 CP Den Haag): Kurhaus (10:32 AM, then every 30 min until 5:02 PM) • Stop 7 (2586 HP Den Haag): Scheveningen/Zwarte Pad (10:37 AM, then every 30 min until 5:07 PM) • Stop 8 (2586 KV Den Haag): Scheveningseslag/Beelden aan Zee (10:41 AM, then every 30 min until 5:11 PM) • Stop 9 (2584 SX Den Haag): Keizerstraat (10:43 AM, then every 30 min until 5:13 PM) • Stop 10 (2586 AA Den Haag): Scheveningen/Strandweg (10:56 AM, then every 30 min until 5:26 PM) • Stop 11 (2583 VP Den Haag): Statenlaan (11:00 AM, then every 30 min until 5:30 PM) • Stop 12 (2582 EX Den Haag): Statenplein (11:03 AM, then every 30 min until 5:33 PM) • Stop 13 (2517 KK Den Haag): World Forum/Johan de Wittlaan (11:05 AM, then every 30 min until 5:35 PM) • Stop 14 (2518 BD Den Haag): Vredespaleis/Peace Palace (11:09 AM, then every 30 min until 5:39 PM) • Stop 15 (2514 JH Den Haag): Mauritskade (11:11 AM, then every 30 min until 5:41 PM) • Stop 16 (2513 AD Den Haag): Kneuterdijk (11:13 AM, then every 30 min until 5:43 PM) For the location of each stop, see the image with the map and QR code provided for the exact location.

Scheveningen, The Hague: Sea Life Entry Ticket

7. Scheveningen, The Hague: Sea Life Entry Ticket

Take a fascinating journey from Dutch rivers to the ocean depth through 15 themed zones. Come nose-to-nose with incredible seahorses, rays, sharks, and hundreds of tropical fish. Meet the playful otters and penguins. With fun talks and animal feeding sessions, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy at Sea Life Scheveningen. Sea Life is open daily from 10:00 AM, closed Christmas Day. Last entry is one hour before closing.

The Hague: Escher in The Palace Museum Ticket

8. The Hague: Escher in The Palace Museum Ticket

Get discounted entry to Escher in Het Paleis, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art startled millions of people all over the world. The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands and is the only public building in The Hague where the original royal ambience has been maintained. See almost all of the works of the Dutch artist, including the 7-meter long Metamorphosis III, an enormous woodcut displayed in a non-conventional way that let’s you experience Escher combining time and space as an organic unity. Escher instills a sense of wonder, fascinating young and old alike. The exhibition includes famous “impossible” prints, such as “Day and Night”, where the Dutch landscape appears to morph into a flock of birds, and the famous “Climbing and Descending” depicting rows of people perpetually ascending and descending a flight of stairs. Located on the second floor of The Palace is the interactive exhibition “Looking as Escher Does” where as well as doing puzzles with your eyes, you can unravel some of Escher’s mysteries with your hands.

The Hague: Classic Cars Louwman Museum Entry

9. The Hague: Classic Cars Louwman Museum Entry

The Louwman Museum is home to the world’s oldest private collection of motor cars, compiled by two generations of the Louwman family. The museum dates back to 1934 and now comprises over two hundred and fifty antique and classic motor cars. Experts regard the collection as one of the most beautiful in the world. The museum exudes passion. Each car has its own story to tell, its own contribution to history. The motor car is a mirror of culture. The collection is housed in a purpose-built museum in The Hague, the city where P.W. Louwman established his Dodge and Chrysler import company. The building, designed by American architect Michael Graves, blends in sympathetically with its historic surroundings. The landscape gardens, designed by Lodewijk Baljon, complement the architecture of the building.

From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

10. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague Full-Day Tour

A great impression of Holland that starts with a drive to Rotterdam, famous for its modern architecture. During the city tour you will drive along the banks of the river Maas, to the old port and the remarkable yellow cube houses. Embark on an amazing 1-hour river cruise and then visit the famous food market. Continue on to Delft for lunch (not included) and a visit to the ‘Royal Delft Manufactory’, the last remaining Dutch ceramic factory from the 17th century. Take a city tour of The Hague, where you will see the beautiful Houses of Parliament, the working palace of the Dutch king and the Peace Palace. The last stop, before heading back to Amsterdam, will be at the miniature town Madurodam.

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based on 2,028 reviews

Kinderdijk is enchanting! It was so interesting to see 19 windmills and how this feat of engineering has helped control the water in Holland. We also went to The Hague, known here as Den Haag, and saw the International Criminal Court, various embassies, and the nearby beach area, courtesy of our guide and driver Theo…who was fabulous and gave us so much interesting information! A definite 5 star tour!

Family visit. The kids loved it! You can spend 1 hour there, how can you spend the day there (if you participate in the workshops, in the 3d cinema which took place every hour I believe, if the children build with legos). We went there during the school holidays in zone b and it was not yet the holidays in the Netherlands, there were not too many people.

Our voucher was perfect. All the employees were terrific in helping us. What art work and the house is magnificent….

Get your gide offers really good prices! Madurodam is so well done and cute!

Really nice Museum with some history of netherlands :)