When I think of the Netherlands I’m often thinking of those cosy smaller cities like the Hague that are worth exploring for a few days.
Mostly all of the Netherlands is easy to reach by local train and a majority of the country is only a few hours away at max.
Take the Hague for example, it’s only a short 50 minute train ride away from Amsterdam.
If you want to discover the real local Dutch culture, The Hague simply has it all when it comes to discovering that small city cosy lifestyle.
Here are some ideas on what to do within 24 hours exploring the Hague.
Exploring the city of the Hague
Spends some time walking around the side shopping streets of The Hague. You will find old Dutch tall & thin traditional Dutch buildings and lovely Coffee squares worth hanging out at.
Try the Grote Market square which is a more affordable alternative gathering spot that many young Dutchies like to people watch from.
If you want to try out something a little bit fancier, I like to grab a coffee at the Het Plein, great lunch spots here on offer too.
Lots of historical areas to explore and enjoy in the Hague.
The Hague is the royal city of Holland
The Hague is the official city of the Dutch royal family and you will see many of the shops that the royal family like to shop at as well as the royal offices and residences.
Even the street lamps are shaped like crowns!
Rent a bicycle and explore the Hague
The Hague has many wonderful bicycle routes worth following, all you simply have to do is rent a bicycle for the day and go off and explore.
Cycling in The Netherlands is very popular and a transportation method of choice by many locals.
This makes cycling very easy and you can find many cycling paths to follow in the Netherlands.
Plus its super fun, great for the environment and an affordable method to get around too!
Just be sure to remember to lock your rental bike at all times as bicycle theft is very common in the Netherlands (even in the Hague!) and be sure to park your rental bike in correct parking areas or the local government may remove your bike with no warning. Apart from that, have a lot of fun!
Take a trip to Scheveningen
Only a short bicycle ride away you can arrive in Scheveningen, one of Hollands most popular beach side resorts and located in the city of the Hague.
If you’re not brave enough to rent a bicycle you can easily grab tram 9 from the Hague central train station that will take you straight to the beach.
If the day is looking good you can easily head to the beach and its a great location to grab a beer and watch a sunset.
Grab a coffee at Lola’s cafe
How Dutch can you get, coffee and bicycles!
This cosy coffee spot is perfect to grab a specially prepared coffee from its interesting selection list and barista are on hand to craft your selected brew for you.
Whilst you wait and enjoy your coffee you can sort out a bicycle to rent for the day to explore the Hague.
You can knock two birds with one stone at this spot and a perfect way to start your day in the Hague.
Where to stay in the Hague? King Kool hostel
If you’re looking for a fancy room at an affordable price look no further than King Kool hostel in the Hague.
A new style of hosteling called luxury hostels, they simply offer the hostel vibe you love with the added plus of personally styled private rooms.
I was lucky enough to stay in the best room on offer, the Dutch designed concept room which even has a lovely framed picture of the Dutch king himself over looking the cosy double bedroom.
Beers in the common room, bar start at €2 and offer that great hostel vibe you don’t want to let go of. Great stay, great staff and great central location, was happy with my hostel choice in the Hague.
Restaurant Catch by Simonis, the ultimate seafood experience
Like seafood? The catch is one of the hottest places to eat in the Hague, located perfectly in the surrounding harbour close to the beaches of Scheveningen and the main fish market in Holland.
You’re sure to be in for a treat with a wide selection of freshly caught seafood from the day. I can highly recommend the Oysters to start, followed by a lobster. This place really is not to be missed and perfect spot for special occasions.
Be sure to visit!
The Hague is totally worth exploring if you have a spare 24 hours on your next trip to the Netherlands and only being a 50 minute train ride away you would be silly not to.
Go and explore the Hague and have a blast!
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