The Hague: beach, shopping and culture!
I did a week-end in The Hague, the Dutch city that hosts the Dutch parliament and royalty. The great thing about the city of The Hague is that it has a little of everything, so it’s fun for everyone! Here are some suggestions to spend your weekend:
We started the day cultural. The Hague has a lot to offer in terms of museums and historic architecture, but the absolute gem of the city is without a doubt the Mauritshuis. In the heart of the city, count Maurits built himself a house in the 17th century; the Mauritshuis. From 1822 it’s a museum with a great collection, thanks to Stewart William V, the father of the first Dutch king of the Netherlands. In the beautiful building you see the best art from Dutch and Flemisch masters, most importantly Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer and Peter-Paul Rubens. My personal favorite is ‘The Anatomic Lesson of Dr Tulip’ by Rembrandt…
Shopping! The Haagse Passage is the perfect place to go shopping, there are a lot of nice stores and there is a great mix between the bigger stores like H&M or Zara and smaller entrepeneurs with original themed stores. For lunch: Pastis is a really great spot! Good combination of modern and chique, yummy food and great service.
We were just in time to also visit Escher in the Palace, a museum so high on my list, because I’m a big fan of Escher. Interactive and fun; informative and above all really impressing! Try and squeeze it in if you are a fan of Escher’s work as well.
It’s time to go to the beach! Scheveningen is part of The Hague and this is the really special thing about the city; you can go to the beach! Just hop on tramline 1 (or rent a bike!) and go there! The old harbor is really nice. At café the Hofnar we had a “High Beer” instead of a high tea and tasted the best Dutch special beers. On the terrace by sunset; that was so great!
For dinner we had fried fish (an enormous pile of it!) at the well known and typically local ‘Simonis’. Don’t confuse the expensive restaurant with the more ‘snackbarlike’ Simonis, which is way cheaper and cooler!
After dinner, the enormous plates of fish, it’s great to have a stroll over the boulevard. Just check out all the beachbars and take a walk on the sand as well! The Pier is on Scheveningen Beach is brand new and houses countless inspiring small businesses and is great to explore. If you like heights; go on the Big Wheel!
Going out in Scheveningen? Go to the Crazy Piano’s! This is the perfect ending of a perfect day in The Hague. The next day, we made life easy for ourselves and visited Madurodam; a theme park in which you will see all of the Netherlands in miniature. We had so much fun taking crazy pictures! The Hague is the perfect city for a weekend with a little bit of everything!