United Nations Peace Palace © Can Stock / jank1000
Visit the Hague – Other Sights
The Palace of Peace, housing the United Nation’s International Court of Justice is located a few minutes from the central part of the Old Town.
Also outside the Old Town are the Madurodam (miniature Holland), the Panorama Mesdag (a gigantic cylindrical painting by Mesdag) and the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag with paintings by Piet Mondrian.
Travel a few minutes farther to the famous seaside Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus The Hague Scheveningen.
Binnenhof, Dutch Parliament
Visit the Hague – Rent a Bike
You can rent a bike to visit the Hague at either train station. The Hague is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike. You can cover the entire city of the Hague in about 45 minutes. Try Rijwiel shop for bike rentals. Alternately take a self-guided the Hague Walking Tour from the Hague Central Station to see most of the major attractions in the Hague Old Town.
Mauritshuis, Girl with a Pearl Earring
Savor the Tastes of the Hague
T Hof van Eten – sandwiches and coffees, located in the city center near all the attractions.
Day Trips from the Hague
- Delft Pottery Factory Tour – Delft is about 20 minutes southeast of the Hague. Blue hand painted tin-glazed earthenware made Delft famous. The only original surviving delft pottery factory from the 1600s is Royal Delft. The tour visits the Delftse Pauw factory, which produces more recent pottery, but in the same style. Don’t confuse this with the picturesque area of Rotterdam known as Delfshaven.
- Travel 40 minutes south to Rotterdam.
- Travel an hour north to Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse – the premier garden stop in the Netherlands. Sorry, but the gardens are only open in the spring, when the tulips bloom. Read about a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens in our Amsterdam Layover blog.
Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus, © Can Stock / Neirfy
The Hague Weather
The North Sea provides a heavy influence on the Hague weather. That makes the Hague weather cool in summer and usually near freezing in winter. The height of summer is July and August when average highs reach 70 F (21 C), while lows average 56 F (13 C). From December to February, the winter highs average about 44 F (6 C) with lows just above freezing. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, but is slightly lower in April and May. Visiting in the first week of May provides an opportunity for good weather and for catching the end of the tulip season.
Delft Pottery, © Can Stock / tpsimmons777
Get to the Hague
Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) is located south of the Hague, nearer to Rotterdam. This airport isn’t nearly as big as Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, so air passengers are more likely to arrive in Amsterdam and take the train to get to the Hague.
There are two train stations in the downtown area. The Hague Central Station (Den Haag Centraal) connects to Amsterdam, while the Hague Holland Spoor (Den Haag HS) connects passengers to Rotterdam. If you are traveling between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, your train will stop at both stations. The Hague Central Station is located in the heart of the Old Town.
The transportation system within the Hague is run by HTM. The city also has an extensive network of bicycle lanes.