Hague's Classic Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), 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.
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Hague's Classic Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Hague's Classic Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Netherlands » Hague (See other walking tours in Hague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: valery
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Mauritshuis
  • Plein Square
  • Knight's Hall (Ridderzaal)
  • Binnenhof
  • Museum de Gevangenpoort
  • Oude Stadhuis
  • Paleis Noordeinde

1) 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: Monday: 1 pm- 4 pm; Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am- 6 pm; Thursday until 8 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Plein Square

2) 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.
Knight's Hall (Ridderzaal)

3) 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

4) 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
Museum de Gevangenpoort

5) Museum de Gevangenpoort (must see)

The premises of the Museum de Gevangenpoort was built in 1370 as an entrance hall to the Binnenhof buildings. The Gevangenpoort was converted into a detention center in 1420. In 1853, the penal complex was temporarily closed, but later became a museum. For visitors interested in medieval justice, a large collection of torment devices is on display, and visitors can also have a look at a medieval cell block building.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Oude Stadhuis

6) Oude Stadhuis

The Oude Stadhuis of The Hague was built in 1564. It consists of two buildings and a tower built between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Oude Stadhuis was built in the Renaissance style, and expanded in 1733 by the architect Daniel Marot, who added a large wing and revamped the building in the Louis XIV style. Today the Town Hall is used for municipal events. There is now a restaurant and The Catacombs in the dungeons below the Oude Stadhuis, which are even older than the building itself.
Paleis Noordeinde

7) 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

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.
Hague's Monuments Tour

Hague's Monuments Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Hague Shopping Tour

Hague Shopping Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Hague's Historical Churches Tour

Hague's Historical Churches Tour

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: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Hague Introduction Walking Tour

Hague Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
City Center Tour

City Center Tour

The Hague is an exciting city to visit, as it feels at once like a vibrant metropolis and a small town. It has tall houses, charming mansions and stylish, hectic streets, as well as serene canals, open plazas, and a more peaceful atmosphere than the typical city. Some of the most unique attractions of the city include the Pagehuis, the Pulchri Studio and the Passage. Don't miss the chance to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Hague's Museums Tour

Hague's Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles