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Hague: The Self-Guided Exploration Game

1. Hague: The Self-Guided Exploration Game

Take the untraditional route, and haunt the Hague instead of hiring a guided tour. Immerse yourself in a mystery game where the answers to clues lead you through the ancient, and largest Dutch city on the North Sea. Begin the journey to find your lost heart at the Escher in Het Paleis, and solve 12 puzzles on your smartphone to discover new locations in an interactive and alternative way to exploring a new place. Pass by the oldest building in the city—the Abbey church, hunt around the ancient and medieval Old City Hall, marvel at the Noordeinde Palace, and discover the Binnenhof & Ridderzaal. View the city's history and various churches and galleries from a unique perspective and start and stop as you see fit. End your experience at The New Church, one of the oldest monuments the Hauge has to offer. Play in a large group, go it alone or create small teams to compete against each other for time. Download the game, tickle your brain, and explore the Hauge like never before.

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The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

2. The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

Indulge the art-lover in you at the Mauritshuis, home to the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Explore one of the most iconic buildings in the Hague, located next to the Parliament. Look out of its windows for a view of the pond.  Discover the art museum's compact, yet world-renowned collection. See more than 200 masterpieces such as Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp" by Rembrandt, "The Goldfinch" by Fabritius, and "The Bull" by Potter on permanent display. Appreciate the collection's rich variety, with genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, and portraits by Rubens. Admire the 17th-century monument's historic yet intimate interior, with its silken wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers, and monumental painted ceilings. Stay as long as you wish and visit the museum at your own pace. Allow around 1.5 hours, which is the average visit duration. Visit the restaurant and coffee shop, purchase some souvenirs, or visit the temporary exhibition. The current Facelifts & Make-overs exhibition tells the story of paintings that have been treated in the Mauritshuis over the past 25 years. What do you do if a painting is damaged by woodworm? Why was something added to a painting by Frans Hals for no apparent reason? And what dilemma does a conservator face if an extra figure suddenly reappears in a picture? Learn all about making the lower layers of paintings visible (sometimes revealing a completely different composition underneath) and the development of ‘craquelure’ (those fine cracks in the paint of old paintings). Find out how ‘dendrochronology’ (a technique for dating wood by studying the annual growth rings in tree trunks) can be used to determine a panel’s age.

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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

3. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour will begin as you depart from Amsterdam on your coach and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. After a short city tour, the first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. You will see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise you will continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Markethall and Cube Houses.  The next stop is the picturesque city of Delft, which is the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. You will also visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, you will head to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family, and is the third largest city in the country. The Hague is where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

4. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

Depart Amsterdam and journey by bus to explore the seat of power in the Netherlands in the elegant city of The Hague, where highlights include the royal Noordeinde Palace and the government buildings of the Binnenhof. Continue to the Mauritshuis Museum, where art by Rembrandt and Vermeer is on display and then see the headquarters of the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. You then journey to Rotterdam, known for its innovative architecture. On arrival, look at The Man without a Heart sculpture by Ossip Zadkine, built to reflect on the destruction of the city during World War II. See the only medieval building still standing in the city, admire the interesting Cube Houses by Piet Blom and go to the old port area of Oude Haven. Marvel at the food on display in the historic Markthal and stroll along the banks of the River Meuse to get a panoramic view of the city's skyscrapers. Get some free time in Rotterdam for lunch and before making your way back to Amsterdam.

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Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague: Full-Day Small-Group Tour

5. Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague: Full-Day Small-Group Tour

Meet your guide and driver in central Amsterdam. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan for the 90-minute ride to Rotterdam, the first destination on this full-day tour. Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and well known for its commercial harbor. Stop at Spido for a 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of one of the world’s largest ports. You’ll see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. Visit the picturesque city of Delft, the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. It is known as the Prince’s City, as countless members of the Dutch royal family have moved here, married here, and have been buried here for centuries. Explore Delft’s historic town center, filled with historical monuments such as the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. Visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century. Next stop is The Hague, which, in addition to being the seat of the Dutch government is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. This is the location of most foreign embassies in the Netherlands, and some 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The Hague is also where you’ll find the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, the Mauritshuis (featuring works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol, among others), and the Binnenhof (the Dutch parliament). At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to Amsterdam, with a better appreciation of life outside the cultural capital.

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The Hague: Old City Private Walking Tour

6. The Hague: Old City Private Walking Tour

Experience the regal manners of the Dutch capital on a private 2-hour walking tour of The Hague, and see royal palaces and handsome administrative buildings with long and interesting histories. From the old hunting residence of the Counts of Holland, built by Count Floris IV in 1230, The Hague has developed over the centuries from a wealthy village (called the most beautiful and richest in Europe by the 16th-century Italian travel writer Lodovico Guicciardini) to a place of grandeur and the seat of the Dutch government and parliament. As you explore the sights, including the historic Binnenhof complex of buildings built in the 13th century, learn the hidden history of the city. Hear how Emperor Charles V gave the command to plant 4 rows of lime trees in the Voorhout, and learn about the dramatic decapitation of Van Oldenbarnevelt, as well as the assassination of the De Witt brothers. Along the route you will pass a series of former and current royal palaces, including the Noordeinde Palace, the “working palace” for the present King Willem-Alexander.

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Private Day Trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and the Hague

7. Private Day Trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and the Hague

Be collected from at your accommodation or another location in the city. Be driven to the second city of the Netherlands, Rotterdam. Discover this modern city filled with stunning architecture and hidden gems. Explore the many sights Rotterdam has to offer including the new Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge, and the Townhall. Learn about the history of the city and the modern architecture. At the beautiful Markthal take a break to have food and drinks. Take some free time to explore on your own.  Follow your guide to the Hague for the last stop of this tour. The Hague is the political center of the Netherlands. Explore the many sights including the Parliament buildings, Noordeine Palace, Binnenhof, and the City hall. Learn about the political situation in the Netherlands. Your guide will give you a tour of the Hague where tell you about all the sights and the history of this beautiful city. Return in your transportation to your accommodation. 

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The Hague Walking Tour

8. The Hague Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in The Hague will start at your hotel or if you travel to The Hague from elsewhere at the train station. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town. The Hague is often mistaken as the capital of the Netherlands as it seats the Dutch parliament, the International Court of Justice, and many embassies as well as being the city where King William Alexander has his offices. Discover all the highlights of the city on this 2-hour walking tour. You will visit the parliament buildings, constructed on the site that once used to be the hunting area for the Counts of Holland. See where the Dutch Prime minister works and if you are lucky you may get a glimpse of the Dutch King and Queen at work in their palace in the old town of The Hague. Pass through busy shopping streets and be surprised by some daring modern architecture highlights such as the underground tramway tunnel and City Hall. As many of the top sites are located within a small area, a walking tour is the perfect way to explore this beautiful city. Finish the tour by the Peace Palace, where you will have an audio guide to take you through the visitors center. Learn about the laws of international justice and the role Carnegie played in developing this building.

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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague and 1 Attraction

9. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague and 1 Attraction

Discover the best of the Netherlands on this all-encompassing tour. Departing from Amsterdam, head to Rotterdam, the Netherlands' 2nd largest city, where you will enjoy a quick city tour before heading to Spido for a 75-minute boat tour, the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. Admire Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise, continue your tour with stops at the famous Market Hall and Cube Houses. Next stop is the picturesque city of Delft. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center, packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the town hall. Afterward, pay a visit to a factory specializing in the coveted handmade Delft Blue pottery before swinging by The Hague for a city tour. See the home of the Dutch government and royal family, as well as the headquarters of several international organizations and embassies before beginning the journey back to Amsterdam.  On the way back to the capital, stop at the nearby Madurodam, an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses and windmills, all on a miniature scale. Finally, finish your day with a choice of 2 attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city, or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canalside.

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Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

10. Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

At arrival in Kinderdijk your personal guide will take you to the visitor center, situated in an old pumping station. Watch the film and visit a working windmill from the inside, depending on how busy it is. After Kinderdijk, visit the Hague. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third largest city in the country. See the home of the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, Mauritshuis, the Gemeentemuseum, the Madurodam, and the Binnenhof, from the comfort of a minivan. See the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, wander through beautiful day lit galleries and enter a small city full of beautiful miniatures. Finally, finish your day with a choice of two attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city, or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canal.

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What people are saying about Binnenhof

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 297 reviews

Top notch it was really worth it! The boat trip in Rotterdam's harbor was memorable. The visit of Delft was just the right amount of touring and some time to ourselves. The Didn't do much in the Hague but at least went there. The day was full throughout. Our guide Willem did an excellent job with his maps and historical story-telling, which filled in alot of the blanks for me . Very well done and would recommend it.

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Excellent guide of Juliette English French and Spanish Competence and professionalism You should have more time for Delft and less for Rotterdam In general the tour is good

Exceptional day and a wonderful excursion. The guide is a lovely person. He made the excursion very very enjoyable and we had a great time We will repeat next time

Juliet was very nice to us. She was explained great details and well organized trip. it was nice experince. thank you