36 Hours in The Hague

36 hours in the Hague

Getting there: Take the morning Eurostar from London’s St Pancras Station to Rotterdam’s Centraal Station before transferring to an Intercity Train that will take you to Den Haag Centraal Station. Don’t forget to pack a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch for the train ride!

Day 1

Wander a museum: See dozens of works by Dutch and Flemish Master painters of the 17th century’s Golden Age such as Rembrandt and Vermeer at the renowned Mauritshuis Museum (10-6pm, €14). Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring, Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, and Carel Fabritius’ Goldfinch as well as the Royal Cabinet of Paintings given to the Dutch state by King William I, the son of stadholder William V, the Prince of Orange are displayed here. Little tip: you can download a free Mauritshuis multimedia tour for your smartphone beforehand from the app store or GooglePlay. Afterward, head to the nearby square of Buitenhof for an afternoon libation at one of the many outdoor cafes.

Dinner with a view: Hop onto the Hoftramm, a moving Hague city tram which has been converted into a modern and elegant restaurant. On board this culinary tram, on a fixed route through the Centre of The Hague towards Scheveningen and back, a high-quality, 4-course dinner (including wine), is prepared and served. Booking in advance is necessary!

Day 2

Go for a ride: Take the #1 tram back to the seaside resort area of Scheveningen for a day at the beach.

Take a walk: Take a stroll along the Strandweg Boulevard and check out the whimsical and oh so fun ‘Fairytale Sculptures by the Sea’ sculpture garden installed in front of the Museum Beelden aan Zee. The 23 sculptures of various sizes inspired by different fairy tales are made by American sculptor Tom Otterness. Afterwards grab an afternoon drink at one of the many beachside cabana restaurants before packing up your suitcase and heading home.