Travellers with restricted mobility will find Den Haag reasonably accessible despite the limitations of most older buildings.
- Most offices and larger museums have lifts and/or ramps, and toilets for people with a disability.
- Many budget and midrange hotels have limited accessibility, as they are in old buildings with steep stairs and no elevators.
- Cobblestone streets are rough for wheelchairs.
- Restaurants tend to be on ground floors, though ‘ground’ sometimes includes a few steps.
- Bathrooms in restaurants may not be wheelchair accessible or fitted with rails.
- The city's trams have a level entrance with no step up.
- Most train stations and public buildings have toilets for people with a disability.
- Trains usually have wheelchair access.
- The Dutch national organisation for people with a disability is ANGO (www.ango.nl).
Dangers & Annoyances
- Den Haag is a safe city to explore.
- When wandering, look out for the city's trams and cyclists – both travel at a cracking pace.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|Emergency (police, ambulance, fire)||112|
|Non-emergency police||0900 88 44|
Like all Dutch cities, Den Haag has an inclusive culture that accepts and welcomes LGBTI visitors. https://queeraanzee.wordpress.com/queer-guide/ lists LGBTI-friendly cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs.
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Pretty well all accommodation options and cafes here offer guests and customers free wi-fi access.
Hours can vary by season and often decrease during the low season.
Banks 9am–4pm Monday to Friday, some Saturday morning
Cafes and Bars Open noon (exact hours vary); most close 1am Sunday to Thursday, 3am Friday and Saturday
General Office Hours 8.30am–5pm Monday to Friday
Museums 11am–5pm daily, most close Monday
Restaurants Lunch 11am–2.30pm, dinner 6–9pm
Shops 10am–6pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; to 9pm Thursday; to 5pm Saturday and Sunday; noon or 1pm to 5pm or 6pm Monday (if at all)
Travel with Children
The profusion of parks and open spaces and easy proximity to Scheveningen beach make Den Haag a very child-friendly travel destination.
- Many museums have exhibits and tours geared toward younger visitors (the Gemeentemuseum's 'Wonder Kamers' exhibit is particularly impressive).
- The wildly popular Madurodam is a sure-fire hit with toddlers and teenagers alike.
- Hotels with self-catering facilities are harder to come by – B-Aparthotel Kennedy is one of the few worthy of recommendation.