Visiting The Hague in 24 Hours: A complete Guide

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As a political science major at University, a trip to The Hague has been on my to-go list for quite some time. Yet standing there in the centre of it all, it was still surreal to me to be standing where the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court reside. I had just one night in The Hague for my book signing tour in the Netherlands, so I was determined to hit the ground running and see as much as I could within 24 hours. So with that, here’s what to see and do in The Hague in 24 hours!

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Introducing The Hague

I told many Dutchies I encountered of my plans to visit The Hague but every single one of them looked at me in confusion. “Den Haag” is how to say it in Dutch, so I would suggest you use this term as it warranted a much better reaction!

Although not the capital of The Netherlands (a title that belongs to Amsterdam), The Hague is indeed the seat of Dutch parliament and as previously mentioned, the judicial capital of the world. With such a strong international identity, I wasn’t surprised to see this spill out in to all aspects of life in The Hague – not least the fantastic little Italian restaurant I found near to my hotel! With stunning stately architecture and cute little cafes/boutiques to discover, I had my work cut out to see in the city in such a short space of time.

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Checking In: Hotel Des Indes

For my one night stay I checked in to the ultra-luxe bucket list hotel, Hotel Des Indes. As part of the Leading Hotels of the World, this hotel has a strong clientele of men in suits and ladies dressed without wrinkles (in their clothes – an unattainable luxury for someone living out of a suitcase).

The hotel is in a great location for exploring, especially if you’re anything like me and plan to find all the great eats around town. A short walk away you will stumble upon Frederikstraat, home to many cute cafes, restaurants and tiny boutiques as you continue to wander along it.

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Sights & Attractions Not to be Missed

The Hague is deceptively large and there’s much to see, so be ready to hit the ground running!

Binnenhof – Surrounded by moats, Binnenhof was once a castle and now the seat of Dutch parliament. It is probably the most impressive building in all of The Hague, centrally located and with great restaurants nearby.

Plein – The most elegant square in the city centre and a great central point to begin your explorations.

Peace Palace – Home of the International Court of Justice.

Paleis Noordeinde – The royal palace, used as the office of King Willem-Alexander since he became king in 2013.

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Eats & Drinks

How I managed to fit so much in to my two half days in The Hague one will never know, but believe me when I say I found some great eateries!

De Bakkerswinkel – Got a huge portion of yogurt + granola here for breakfast one morning. They also have a house cat!

FOAM – Great little vegan find on Frederikstraat. They do superb smoothies!

Barista Cafe – Probably the best coffee in town (even if its the only one I tried). But yeah, it was good!

Delicious Sweetness – Cute little patisserie I picked up a couple of macarons from. The macarons were nice enough, but I knew I could find better!

Patisserie Jarreau – Hands down the best macarons in The Hague – unsurprisingly by a French pastry chef!

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Day Trips from The Hague


If you have more time or are planning a larger trip of the Netherlands, I would highly recommend taking a day trip to Delft (the cutest little town to ever exist) and Leiden (ten minutes by train and another pretty city in the Netherlands).

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    May 30, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Nice guide! I was thinking about a city break!

    Liz Hathway
    May 29, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Can’t believe you omitted a visit to the Mauritshuis Art Gallery! My all-time favourite!
    That, in itself, is worth a visit to Den Haag.

    • Brooke Saward
      May 30, 2017 at 6:02 am

      I didn’t hear about it!?! What a bummer!

    May 29, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Hague 24 hours visiting is super cool.. Thank you 😀

    May 29, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    The pastries are looking super yummy!
    I need to go there and see the famous bookshop.

    May 29, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Hey Brooke
    Nice one. Den Haag is amazing,
    I spent a week there last year for work. I’d highly recommend Mauritshuis gallery to take a look at the Girl with the Pearl Earring as well as hiring a bike and cruising down to the incredible beach Scheveningen – one of the longest stretches of beach I’ve ever seen, with plenty of things to see and do.

    May 29, 2017 at 7:53 am

    My cousin did a study abroad here! Everything you ate and drank looks delicious. I love that indoor shopping area.