City Orientation Walk, Hague (Self Guided)

The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands, although not officially a Dutch capital, does accommodate the Dutch parliament, sitting at Binnenhof (Gothic-style “Inner Court” complex); the supreme court; all the ministries; embassies; and other governmental agencies of Holland. Moreover, the Dutch Queen herself opts to operate from her Hague's “working residence”, 16th-century Noordeinde Palace. To explore the Hague's most notable attractions, follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Netherlands » Hague (See other walking tours in Hague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 14
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: kane
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Grote Kerk

1) Grote Kerk (must see)

Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk is a landmark Protestant church. The building is located on the Torenstraat, named for its high tower. Together with the Binnenhof, it is one of the oldest buildings in the Hague. Members of the House of Orange-Nassau have been baptized there. The Grote Kerk (15th and 16th centuries) has a fine vaulted interior, and contains some old stained glass, a carved wooden pulpit, a large organ and interesting sepulchral monuments, and some escutcheons of the knights of the Golden Fleece, placed here after the chapter of 1456. It is remarkable for its fine tower and chime of bells, and contains the cenotaph monument of Jacob van Wassenaer Obdam, designed by Cornelis Moninckx and sculpted by Bartholomeus Eggers in 1667, and the renaissance tomb of Gerrit van Assendelft (1487 – 1558).

The church's six-sided tower is one of the tallest in the Netherlands. There are 34 panels with shields and names of knights of the golden fleece. The richly carved wooden pulpit was made in 1550. The church endured a fire in 1539, and the stained glass windows were repaired by leading glass artists. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, who visited the church after the fire, sponsored two windows by the Crabeth's that due to their royal origin are the only two windows that have survived up to the present day.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Haagsche Bluf

2) Haagsche Bluf (must see)

Haagsche Bluf is a fascinating square of exclusive boutiques and shopping centers occupying original and re-created parts of the city's ancient walls. Although not always tempting from the outside, these stores often offer sales on merchandise for women, men and children. You can find exceptional denim garments and accessories, interior decorations, kitchen utensils and more in this area.
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City Hall and Central Library

3) City Hall and Central Library

The City Hall and Central Library is easy to recognize due to its gigantic size and its white color. Another noticeable characteristic of the building is the large, open entrance hall space. There are long benches inside the hall for people to sit on. The hall has a glass roof that allows daylight in and simultaneously manages the temperature of the hall. With its lack of color, the building is a bit plain on the outside, but it has a very bright interior.
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Spui

4) Spui

The Spui is one of the most famous places in The Hague featuring such well-known historic buildings of the 17th century as New Church, Dr. Anton Philips Hall, and others. It is also a popular place with skateboarders. There is prominent a canal in the area. The channel was built in 1345 and until the 19th century served as an important transportation route for The Hague. In 1649 the New Church erected on the Spui the most famous monument of The Hague.
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De Passage

5) De Passage (must see)

De Passage, another famous shopping area stocked with local brands, is a gorgeous 115-year-old, glass-covered passage full of shops specializing in ornamental arts and crafts, homemade domestic folk arts, and needlework patterns made by trained artists. The craft shops located on De Passage offer a wide assortment of arts and crafts, tools and materials. The prices are quite reasonable here and the retailers are very friendly.
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Binnenhof

6) Binnenhof (must see)

The Binnenhof (Dutch, literally "inner court"), is a complex of buildings in the Hague. It has been the location of meetings of the Staten-Generaal, the Dutch parliament, since 1446, and has been the center of Dutch politics for many centuries. This “Inner Court” is studded with monumental old buildings testifying of eight centuries of governing in the Low Countries, but it also has several ample open spaces, all freely open to the public.

A gilt neogothic fountain adorns the main square and one of the few Dutch equestrian statues (of King William II) guards the main Stadtholder's Gate, that dates from around 1600. A large modern building at the south side of the Binnenhof since 1992 houses the House of Representatives, the lower but more important of the Dutch democratically elected Houses of parliament.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Prisongate

7) Prisongate (must see)

The Museum Gevangenpoort or Prison Gate Museum is located in the Hague’s old town prison. The museum has a diverse collection that features a range of tools used for torture. Some of the jail cells are well preserved, including the Ridderkamer, which was one of the rooms held in reserve for the richer inmates, who were detained there before being put to death.

Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 - 17; Saturday and Sunday 12 - 17
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Knight's Hall (Ridderzaal)

8) Knight's Hall (Ridderzaal) (must see)

The Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall) is the main building at the Binnenhof in the Hague, which is used for official royal receptions, and inter-parliamentary conferences. In the 13th century Floris IV, Count of Holland bought a piece of land next to a small lake to build a house on. The Ridderzaal, the manorial hall of Floris V, grandson of Floris IV, was built on this estate in the 13th century. Over the centuries, the government buildings developed around this lake and incorporated the Ridderzaal. From the early 17th century, the Ridderzaal became an important trading place for booksellers. In later centuries it served a variety of purposes - as a market hall, a promenade, a drill hall, a public record office, a hospital ward, even the offices of the state lottery. It was restored between 1898 and 1904 to serve its present purposes.

The Ridderzaal is a 40 by 20 metres large Gothic hall has magnificent stained glass windows depicting the coats of arms of Dutch towns; particularly fine is the rose window with the arms of the principal noble families of the Netherlands. The heavy timber roof structure with its 18-metre-long beams (59 ft) has the appearance of an upturned ship. Wooden heads symbolizing eavesdroppers from the higher powers are supposed to deter members of the assembly from lying.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Plein Square

9) Plein Square (must see)

The Plein is a plaza in the center of Den Haag. The square is not far from the houses of Parliament and other historic buildings. It is one of the most stylish plazas in the center of the city. The north side of The Plein is lined with eateries and pubs, a number of which are frequented by politicians from the neighboring houses of Parliament and government buildings.
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Mauritshuis

10) Mauritshuis (must see)

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is an art museum. Previously the residence of count John Maurice of Nassau, it now has a large art collection, including works by Dutch and German painters. In 1822, the Mauritshuis was opened for the public and housed the Royal Cabinet of Paintings and the Royal Cabinet of Rarities. In 1875, the entire museum was available for paintings. The Mauritshuis was a state museum until it was privatised in 1995. The foundation set up at that time took charge of both the building and the collection, which it was given on long-term loan. This building, which is the property of the state, is rented by the museum.

The museum collaborates regularly with museums in other countries. The collection of paintings of stadtholder William V, Prince of Orange was handed over to the Dutch state by his son king William I. This collection formed the basis of the Royal Cabinet of Paintings of around 200 paintings. The collection is currently called the Royal Picture Gallery. The current collection consists of almost 800 paintings and focusses on Dutch and Flemish.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum Bredius

11) Museum Bredius (must see)

Abraham Bredius was a Rembrandt specialist, collector and manager of the Royal Picture Gallery "Mauritshuis" between 1895 and 1922. He was also a scientific researcher of chronological documentation. Museum Bredius has a significant collection of drawings and works of art. It is very attractive to tourists for its 18th-century renovations and its contemporary furniture.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Prinsestraat

12) Prinsestraat (must see)

If you love the well-known blue-and-white Dutch style of ceramics, make the short walk to Prinsestraat. A visit to Prinsestraat’s shops will delight you with specialty lines of crystal, glass, china, gifts, precious stones, seasonal and garden adornments, all found in a number of different designs and shapes. The attractive boutiques and exclusive crystal, glass and china stores are open seven days a week. The prices are exceptionally good, but expect to spend time looking through a huge amount of crystal, glass and china items.
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Paleis Noordeinde

13) Paleis Noordeinde (must see)

Noordeinde Palace is one of the three official palaces of the Dutch royal family. Located in the Hague in the province of South Holland, it has been used as the "working palace" for Queen Beatrix since 1984. The palace originally started as a medieval farmhouse, which was converted into a spacious residence by the steward of the States of Holland, Willem van de Goudt in 1533. The original farmhouse's cellars can still be seen in the palace basement. Between 1952 and 1976 the Institute of Social Studies was based in the north wing of the palace. The gardens of the palace are open to the public.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Noordeinde

14) Noordeinde

Noordeinde is an elegant shopping street in The Hague. Stylish stores along this street sell haute couture fashion, shoes, jewels, antiques, art and interior decorations. Some of the shops on this street sell classic garments, as well as fashionable shirts, ties and sports wear and an amazingly good assortment of children's clothes. In close proximity, you will find a network of small streets where a number of popular boutiques are located.

Walking Tours in Hague, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Hague

Create Your Own Walk in Hague

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hague is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Self-Guided Shopping Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Shopping Tour of The Hague

The best way to shop around The Hague is on foot, as most of the shopping streets are pedestrian areas. This tour will include a walk from Hofweg Street along the De Passage to Denneweg. Many shops are situated in historic buildings and are a place for shoppers and history enthusiasts alike. Whether you are looking for ornamental arts and crafts, garments, pottery or jewelry, The Hague has it all....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Self-Guided Museums Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Museums Tour of The Hague

Museums bring together and care for items of educational, creative, technical or historical importance and make their collections accessible to the community. Museums like the Public Transport Museum, Volksbuurtmuseum, Prisongate, and the Museum Bredius are the main cultural tourist attractions in the Hague. Visit the most popular museums in the Hague on this tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Self-Guided Churches Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Churches Tour of The Hague

On this tour, you will find a mix of churches, both inside and outside the heart of The Hague. With a mission to guide the religious community of The Hague through its relationship with Jesus, local churches place great importance on worship and living in God's presence. Take this tour to visit churches that are popular with both locals and tourists.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Self-Guided Architecture Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Architecture Tour of The Hague

More than 750 years old, The Hague is a majestic city, which for the past 150 years has expanded into a huge metropolitan area. It is now the third largest city in the Netherlands and its remarkable architecture reflects its size and history. Visit The Hague's most notable buildings on this architectural tour of the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Self-Guided Classical Architecture Tour of The Hague

Self-Guided Classical Architecture Tour of The Hague

A number of buildings in the center of The Hague were built in medieval times under the feudal system. In the Netherlands these historic buildings are often located on the river, which adds to their beauty. Explore The Hague's fascinating past with this tour of the city's medieval architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Self-Guide Landmarks Tour of The Hague

Self-Guide Landmarks Tour of The Hague

The Hague is a historic city and one of the most important cities in the Netherlands. It has a rich collection of impressive landmarks and memorials that date back hundreds of years, but are still in an extraordinary condition. Take this tour to visit some of the most notable landmarks in The Hague.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hague for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hague has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hague, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.