The Hague to Gouda

A day trip to The Hague and the points of interest including Peace Palace, Dutch Parliament, Ridderzaal and Binnenhof, Downtown The Hague, Noordeinde Palace and Old City Hall, Photographing push bikes, Madurodam- Mini Europe, Mauritshuis - Art from the Dutch Golden Age, Great, or St. James Church before taking the train to Gouda

The Hague is a city in The Netherlands which is part of he EU and Schengen community.  The Hague offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Peace Palace
  • Dutch Parliament, Ridderzaal and Binnenhof
  • Downtown The Hague, Noordeinde Palace and Old City Hall
  • Photographing push bikes
  • Madurodam- Mini Europe
  • Mauritshuis – Art from the Dutch Golden Age
  • Great, or St. James Church

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The Hague, Netherlands

The Hague, Netherlands

I had heard of The Hague in the news before visiting but wasn’t really sure what it was.  The Hague is in the news so often because it is the home of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.  The Hague is one of the major cities of the world that hosts the United Nations.  The Royal Dutch Family have 2 palaces in The Hague and many countries have their embassies here so it could be considered just as important to The Netherlands as Amsterdam.

Mauritshuis Art Museum, The Hague

Mauritshuis Art Museum, The Hague

Mauritshuis is an art museum which houses the royal cabinet of paintings.  The paintings are largely from the Dutch golden age, which is a period during the 17th century when The Netherlands was the most prosperous nation on earth.  The building is listed as one of the top 100 Dutch heritages sites.  From the other side of the building if the waters of lake Hofvijver are still, it’s possible to take a perfect reflection photograph of the Mauritshuis.

The Noordeinde Palace, Great, or St. James Church and Old City Hall are walking distance from Mauritshuis art museum.

Dutch Parliament, The Hague

Dutch Parliament, The Hague

The office of the prime minister of The Netherlands is located in the Dutch Parliament complex, known as Binnenhof in Dutch.  There is a lot of security here as you’d imagine but you are free to walk around the complex, admire the Gothic architecture and take photos.  On the other side of the Dutch Parliament is the Hofvijver lake which on a sunny without wind offers the opportunity for a reflection photograph.  The day I visited was very windy so my photo of the interior made it onto this post (above).

Peace Palace, The Hague

Peace Palace, The Hague

I found the Peace Palace to be the most beautiful building in The Hague.  This is called the Peace Palace because located inside are the International Court of Justice (the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library.  It is possible to visit the Peace Palace as part of an organized tour, check the tour times to see if it’s possible to visit when you are there.  The Peace Palace has been awarded the European Heritage Label for it’s importance in recent European history.

A short walk from the Peace Palace you’ll find Mini Europe know locally as Madurodam.  It is very similar to the Mini Europe found in Belgium, they are very popular in this part of the world.

The Hague Central Train Station, The Hague

The Hague Central Train Station, The Hague

The Hague train station is a tourist destination in itself, it’s a brand new very well organized train station.  It not only connects The Hague to major cities in The Netherlands but it is also the final stop on the Rotterdam metro.  I took a train to Gouda, home of Gouda cheese which took around 20 minutes.


Gouda to Utrecht

2017-03-29T12:16:23+00:00March 7th, 2017|The Netherlands|16 Comments


  1. Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    The Peace Palace looks really pretty! How awesome is it to work in such a beautiful building! I thought Hague would be very industrial or very modern as a city, I wasn’t expecting beautiful, classic buildings as well.

  2. Katie March 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Hague is on my bucket list and the Peace Palace is definitely a reason to go! I love exploring beautiful buildings like this 🙂

  3. Raymond Carroll March 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Good history lesson, James. I didn’t know that the Netherlands was the most prosperous nation on earth in the 17th Century. Very informative post as usual. The Mauritshuis art museum sounds interesting.

  4. Tracy March 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    This has brought back some great memories! I have a Dutch friend who lived in The Hague and I used to fly over for weekends when I lived in London – as we are talking nearly 30 years ago it’s great to be reminded of those visits!

    Great post with great information about the city – time to revisit i think!

  5. Kristine March 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Hague is one of the cities I’m traveling to for my road trip to the Netherlands in May. Do you think one night is enough, or should we stay there two nights? Love your photos of the city!

    • James Smith March 9, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

      The Hague, Rotterdam and Gouda are really close and well connected so I’d recommend staying in Rotterdam or The Hague for a few nights. From there you can explore the 3 cities and the windmills of Kinderdijk. Since leaving someone told me Delft is worth visiting and it looks beautiful on google images so if you have time you should check out Delft too. You’ll have a good time, the people are so friendly!

  6. Riely March 8, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I love the Netherlands; I have never heard of Hague until your post, but had the most memorable time in Rotterdam a few years back. It doesn’t look to far away from central Rotterdam.The Peace Palace looks stunning! I will have to visit next time I am in the Netherlands.

  7. Lydia@LifeUntraveled March 8, 2017 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    I had no idea The Hague had such a prominent international standing! I’ve only been to Amsterdam but hopefully one day I’ll go back to The Netherlands to explore more.

  8. Kassie March 8, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    The Hague looks amazing! I love the architecture! I also want to learn more about this mini Europe?! Sounds intriguing!

  9. Gingey Bites March 9, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    You know I ever knew Gouda was a place name, I thought it was just the cheese! Thanks for sharing your trip to The Hague, looks good!

  10. Anita March 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    You are absolutely convincing me to stay in the Netherlands longer than planned. I loved this post and your on one about day trips from Amsterdam. Hague looks bright and interesting. Can’t wait to add this to my agenda. Thanks again.

  11. Nicole Anderson March 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I have never been to the Netherlands but I am going very soon. My partner’s family comes from Delft where the famous delftware is made and it looks as though it would be very easy to visit the Hague from there. The plan is to visit in the summer next year and this post has really highlighted to me the attractiveness of the Hague as a must-see destination. Extremely picturesque too as your lovely photos certainly show.

  12. Paulina March 13, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I love the hague especially for its beach in scheveningen. I would love to visit fouda as well due to the cheese. Have been in luxembourg as well?

  13. carlinn meyer March 14, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    The peace palace looks so pretty and I love how you get in everything with your wide lens! The flowers also look beautiful and colourful! 🙂 I have never heard of this area until your post but I will definitely keep it in mind!

  14. sophie March 14, 2017 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    OMG! Never heard of this place before! I have put this place in my bucket list. Is it cool to travel this place in August month? Cheers

  15. Ticking the Bucketlist March 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I havebeen to Netherlands, and end up going to Amsterdam only…cos it is such a fun city. I never knew there is so much to do in the Hague! Will try and make sure I plan my trip better and include Hague the next time I am here…I want to visit Mauritshuis Art Museum!

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