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Top Choice Museum in The Hague

Mauritshuis

For a comprehensive introduction to Dutch and Flemish Art, visit the Mauritshuis, a jewel-box of a museum in an old palace and brand-new wing. Almost every work is a masterpiece, among them Vermeer's Girl with a Pea…
Top Choice Palace in The Hague

Binnenhof

The Binnenhof's central courtyard (once used for executions) is surrounded by parliamentary buildings. The splendid 17th-century North Wing is still home to the Upper Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. The Lower Chamb…
Top Choice Museum in The Hague

Escher in Het Paleis Museum

The Lange Voorhout Palace was once Queen Emma's winter residence. Now it's home to the work of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher. The permanent exhibition features notes, letters, drafts, photos and fully mature works …
Top Choice Bistro in The Hague

Restaurant Allard

Tucked down a charming alleyway with outdoor tables, Allard is a diamond find for flavour-packed creations such as tuna tartare with sun-dried tomato crème, lamb fillet with honey and fig jus, truffle risotto with w…
Top Choice Live Music in The Hague

Paard van Troje

This emporium has an eclectic program of live music – from classical concerts to metal, blues, roots, reggae and soul – as well as Dutch spoken-word poetry, and club nights, such as hip hop and dance. Check the onli…
Museum in The Hague

Gemeentemuseum

Admirers of De Stijl, and in particular of Piet Mondrian, won't want to miss the Berlage-designed Gemeentemuseum. It houses a large collection of works by neoplasticist artists and others from the late 19th century,…
Historic Site in The Hague

Vredespaleis

The UN International Court of Justice is housed in the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace). A visitor centre details the work of the organisations within. Hour-long guided tours are sometimes offered, but if the courts are …
Viewpoint in The Hague

Haagse Toren

A glass elevator whisks you up in just 40 seconds to the observation deck on the 42nd floor (135m) of the city's second-tallest building. (There's a less-dizzying option of riding a windowless lift.) There are indoo…
Bistro in The Hague

Taveerne de Resident

Facing a romantic square, this cherry-and-cream-painted treasure – here since 1977 – looks like something you might stumble upon in a Parisian back street. The elongated interior's red-leather booths, stained glass …
Gallery in The Hague

Panorama Mesdag

Just past the north end of Noordeinde, the Panorama Mesdag contains the Panorama (1881), an immense 120m-long, 14m-high, 360-degree painting of Scheveningen that was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag. The panorama is…