Attractions Nearby The Hague, Day Trips and Excursions

(The Hague / Den Haag, South Holland, Netherlands)

Photo showing central canal in AmsterdamMany visitors holidaying in The Hague find that the attractions in various neighbouring cities and towns warrant further investigation, in the form of a day trip. Being situated a mere 59 km / 37 miles north-east of The Hague and with a journey time of just over one hour, a visit to the famed city of Amsterdam is nothing short of a must, where endless attractions await visiting tourists from Den Haag.

Alternatively, other neighbouring attractions within reach of The Hague include the university town of Leiden, the tasty cheese at Gouda, and the bustling shops within Rotterdam. Delft is amongst Holland's most attractive and appealing towns, and is famous the world over for is distinctive blue and white Delftware pottery, which always makes for a good souvenir.

Picture of the imposing Amsterdam train station


With large public squares such as both the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein, along with open-air markets, a lively Red Light District and a vibrant nightlife, Amsterdam attracts tourists of all ages. One of the best ways to learn about Amsterdam is to take a boat trip around its central canal belt, which is edged by endless hotels and cafes.

Photo of Delft city centre


Well connected to The Hague by a series of regular trains, Delft boasts many picture-postcard streets, lined by canals and period buildings. Visitors arriving in Delft will find plenty of attractions to easily fill a day, many of which are based around the central square of the Markt. Delftware is readily available in almost all the shops are is particularly popular with tourists.

Image of the Leiden riverfront


The town of Leiden is home to Holland's oldest university and an especially large 17th-century town centre. A number of exceptional museums greet tourists, such as Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) and the Naturalis Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum (National Museum of Natural History). The popular seaside resort of Katwijkaan Zee is to be found literally minutes to the west.

View of the Eindhoven skyline


Home to a number of interesting attractions, the city of Eindhoven has grown dramatically over the last 100 years and is easy to reach from The Hague, lying around one hour and 50 minutes to the south-east. There are many sights worth seeing in Eindhoven, with the exceptional Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum being amongst the most visited and home to modern works of art by acclaimed 20th-century artists, including both Chagall and Picasso.

Picture showing cheese event at Gouda


Gouda is well-connected to the whole of Zuid Holland and is well-known throughout the Netherlands for its namesake cheese. However, Gouda cheese in just one of the many attractions in Gouda, with the central Markt being amongst the country's biggest and most impressive. On the southern side of the historical market square is the Sint Janskerk, a beautiful church dating back to the middle of the 14th century. Gouda is easy to reach from Den Haag and is sited some 32 km / 20 miles to the east.

Picture of Rotterdam from above


A modern city brimming with architecture from the 20th-century, Rotterdam is the second-biggest city in the whole of the Netherlands and lies some 25 km / 16 miles to the south-east of The Hague. Rotterdam is filled with quality attractions, with an especially large cluster of museums and galleries to be found within the Museumpark area. On a sunny day, be sure to visit the imposing Euromast and enjoy the views from the observation deck at the very top.