Inspired See what else Holland has to offer here

first_imgInspired? See what else Holland has to offer here: Find cheap flights to Amsterdam and take the train to The Hague’s city centre to check out these ten top things to see and do.1. Get a glimpse of royaltyThe heart of The Hague is the Paleis Noordeinde, the official seat of the King of the Netherlands. The palace itself is not open to the public (though you’ll get a good picture of it from Noordeinde road), but you can visit the beautiful palace gardens and the royal stables which house the King’s carriages including the Gouden Koets and his horses, who paw at the cobblestones here. Admission to the gardens is free and they are open daily from sunrise to sunset. 3. Shop ‘til you dropDoes your perfect holiday mean shopping? Then you’re going to love The Hague! The city centre’s narrow alleys and historic squares are home to everything from large stores to small boutiques, hip designer shops to luxury shoe stores. Check out De Bijenkorf department store at the Grote Markstraat for top international fashion brands or head to Prinsestraat in the historic Hofkwartier to shop in high quality boutiques such as The Art of Camouflage (for exquisite mens shirts) and Berlage Kantoor & Kado (for luxury stationery, picture frames and maps). 6. See the works of Escher in the palaceThe world of M. C. Escher is a weird one, with water flowing upwards, hands drawing themselves on sheets of paper and frogs that melt into the background before turning into birds. The impressive works of the artist, born in 1898 in Leeuwarden and world-famous for his optical illusions and impossible figures, are exhibited in a former royal palace in the centre of the city. Admission to the museum is €9 for adults and €6.50 for children aged 7–15. Closed Mondays. 9. Find the perfect souvenirWant to find a unique souvenir? Head to the city’s Lange Voorhout antique and book market, every Thursday and Sunday from mid-September to mid-May, for a vast array of antiques, works of art, old books, prints and paintings. You can easily spend a full afternoon browsing the stalls at a relaxed pace here. There are usually around 75 of them, open 10am to 6pm. 8. See selfies of the golden agePrince William V of Orange was a keen art collector, and today his hoard is on display to the public at the Mauritshuis, an elegant seventeenth century mansion which houses hundreds of paintings by masters from Holland’s golden age, including its best-known work, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Over autumn and winter 2015 the museum will be presenting an exhibition entitled The Dutch Self-portrait – a very intimate and personal genre. There is no surcharge for special exhibitions, standard admission is €14 for adults and free to everyone under 19. On Mondays the museum doesn’t open until 1pm, making Monday afternoons a quiet time to visit. Tuesday to Sunday it is open from 10am until 6pm (8pm on Thursdays). 10. Enjoy the city’s nightlifeThe Hague is home to a vibrant nightlife and you’ll find something going on every night of the week here. The Plein in the centre of town near the Mauritshuis is the liveliest place to head for, with numerous bars. One of the best is Cloos, where resident DJs get the party going every Friday and Saturday. 5. Spend the night at the Grand Hotel Amrâth KurhausRather stay at the beach? The inviting and stylish Grand Hotel Amrâth Kurhaus offers luxury accommodation in the seaside resort of Scheveningen, just 10 miles from the city. The intricate red brick and creamy stone façade towers impressively over the beach and is the undisputed centrepiece of the resort. Enjoy its unique historic atmosphere and the unbeatable view from any of its rooms or suites, or dine in the hotel restaurant which boasts the largest terrace in Scheveningen and has a three-course menu for a very reasonable €34.50pp including plenty of locally landed seafood. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Stay at the Hotel Des IndesThe five-star Hotel Des Indes is located in the heart of the city and canot be missed – not least for its bright lemon yellow exterior. Originally designed by architect A. Rodenberg and built in 1858 as a luxury private residence, it has been a hotel for over 130 years and is today considered one of the finest buildings in the city. Over the years, the amazing views from its elegant rooms have astounded legendary stars such as Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. The Hotel Des Indes now offers modern amenities such as a health club with a heated pool, sauna, steam room and solarium, while the elegant historic feel continues through its restaurants, bars and lounges. Upgrade to an executive room to get a view of the city. RelatedHolidays in Holland: 10 things to see and do in UtrechtThe beautiful city of Utrecht lies in the heart of Holland. Thanks the students to for Utrecht’s buzzing café and bar scene – and low prices. But this is no university service town, with its canals and cobbled lanes Utrecht has an appealing beauty that is best explored on two…Top 15 attractions and things to do in ViennaThis grand city of Europe is a centre of museums, coffee houses and palaces – check out what you could be getting up to in Vienna on your next city break.Top 15 attractions and things to do in TokyoA fascinating mix of the hyper-new and the ancient, you can see the second-tallest structure in the world – the Tokyo Skytree – on the same day as visiting a 1,400-year-old temple in Asakusa. Here’s our list of Tokyo’s top attractions, as eclectic as the city itself. 7. Get on your bikeTake a relaxing bike ride from The Hague along the North Sea coast to the charming resort of Scheveningen. The coastal town is famous for its pier, the luxurious Kurhaus hotel and its wealth of bars and beachfront cafés. Stroll along the boulevard or out onto the pier before mooring yourself at the harbour for a local seafood lunch with views of the bobbing boats. Try Catch by Simonis for fried sole served with Stellendam shrimp (€19.95) or a full seafood platter (€29.95) on the roof terrace overlooking the marina. 2. See the seaThe Hague sits on Holland’s North Sea coast and the city’s beaches are just 15 minutes from its historic centre. Take tram #12 from the city centre to Duindorp then take a five minute walk through the dunes to reach the Zuiderstrand, a long sandy beach that is often deserted – as well as being a great vantage point for watching the ships slide by. last_img read more