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Weekend Getaway: The Hague, Netherlands

Up for a quick trip this weekend?

Beaches. History. Culture. Good food. The Hague has it all. And it’s only a 2½ hour drive from Düsseldorf. Let’s go explore!

WHAT TO SEE

CITY CENTER & DE PASSAGE

The beautiful city center is home to royal architecture and many popular attractions, including the De Passage, a historic shopping arcade that’s the last of its kind in the Netherlands. Even if you don’t plan to shop, drop by to take in the stunning architecture.

HIP ‘HOODS

HOFKWARTIER

This historic neighborhood is a great spot to wander for a while. It’s home to interesting shops, traditional architecture and nice restaurants. And it’s an easy walk from the city center.

ZEEHELDENKWARTIER

Just down the street from the Hofkwartier is the Zeeheldenkwartier (“sea heroes quarter”), a charming district that’s packed with trendy shops, restaurants, cafés and more. The video below is in Dutch, but provides a nice visual overview of the area.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

PISTACHE CAFÉ

Grab a coffee & a slice of homemade cake or a light lunch at this cosy yet stylish café in the historic Hofkwartier.

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BAR BISTRO DE TWEE HEEREN

Good food, service and a cool vintage atmosphere. And craft beer is available on draught, which is always a plus in our book.

WHERE TO RELAX

WESTDUINPARK & ZUIDERSTRAND (“SOUTH BEACH”)


Miles of pristine beaches, massive dunes and plenty of space await you at Westduinpark & Zuiderstrand. Oh, and…Scottish highland cows. Yes, seriously!

Enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and amazing views from Westduinpark

If relaxation is your goal, you can’t go wrong at Zuiderstrand. In fact, locals call it “the peaceful beach” because it’s mostly undiscovered by visitors. But not you, because now you’re in on the secret too. 😉

If you’d prefer more action, Scheveningen is a popular seaside resort with activities like a zip line and bungee jumping from the pier. But keep in mind, in contrast to Zuiderstrand it is typically more crowded.

WATCH THE SUNSET…

Before heading home for the day, be sure to watch the sunset at the beach or from atop the dunes at Westduinpark and then…

SEE THE STARS

The Celestial Vault is a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s a 30x40m crater nestled atop the sand dunes, designed for observation of the sky and stars. Once inside you can lay down on the sloped walls and experience the sky in a whole new way. A perfect way to cap off your day in The Hague.

Thanks for reading, have fun in The Hague!

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