Self-Guided City Center Tour of The Hague, Hague (Self Guided)

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 visit some of The Hague's most popular tourist attractions found on this tour.
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Self-Guided City Center Tour of The Hague Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided City Center Tour of The Hague
Guide Location: Netherlands » Hague (See other walking tours in Hague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: valery

1) 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.
City Hall and Central Library

2) 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.
Paleis Tuin

3) Paleis Tuin

In 1609, Prince Frederik Henry built the Paleis Tuin in honor of his mother. Behind it lies the Royal Palace Noordeinde, which also borders the Royal Stables and Prinsessewal. The garden is part of the Noordeinde Palace and is ideal for a walk. In 1785 and for a long time after this, the garden was not open to the general public. Surrounding the palace are beautiful lawns, plants, a sunbathing area, ponds, walking paths and seating areas, as well as many valuable old trees.
Koninklijke Stallen

4) Koninklijke Stallen

The Koninklijke Stallen is a multifaceted building in the heart of The Hague, adjacent to the Paleis Tuin and Palace Noordeinde. The building was designed by H.P. Bird and opened between 1876 and 1879. It is has been declared a state monument. In close proximity to The Koninklijke Stallen are the buildings where The Golden Coach and horses of the royal family (since 1898) are kept.
Raad van State

5) Raad van State

The Raad van State is an amazing and remarkable building located in the heart of The Hague. It houses an independent adviser of the government, administrative offices, and the highest administrative court of the country. Its spectacular design makes a strong impression on all passersby.
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Pagehuis

The Pagehuis is near the monastery church. In 1625, the church built a house beside the main cannon foundry. This house was state property. Its facade is decorated with the heads of war gods Mars and Bellona. Between the 19th and 20th century, the Pagehuis served as the headquarters of the Red Cross, and in 1912 the President of the Red Cross restored the property.
Pulchri Studio

7) Pulchri Studio

Pulchri Studio is an association of artists founded in 1847. Since 1898, Pulchri has been located in a historic building in the downtown area of The Hague. Every three weeks the studio hosts new exhibitions of artwork created by both members and non-members of the association. All associates may bring a visitor and are permitted to bring one housemate or co-worker as a permanent guest, who will be issued a lasting visitor card. The works are almost all for sale.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11.00 - 17.00.
Hoge Raad

8) Hoge Raad

The Hoge Raad der Nederlanden is the highest court of the Netherlands. The Court was established on 1 October 1838. The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is limited primarily to civil, criminal and tax-related cases. The Court has the authority to overturn rulings by appellate courts (cassation) and therefore establishes case law, but only if the lower court applied the law incorrectly or the ruling lacks sufficient reasoning; facts are no longer subject of discussion.
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.
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
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 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-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
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 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

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.