Planning day trips from The Hague is exceptionally easy thanks to the city’s centrality and proximity to important transport hubs like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. The Hague is also surrounded by several smaller cities that all have their own distinctive charms.
Lisse lies in the heart of South-Holland’s tulip belt and is surrounded by hundreds of colourful flower fields. The city main attractions include a fascinating tulip museum, castle ‘t Huys Dever and, of course, Keukenhof Gardens.
Tulips in Keukenhof Gardens | © pixabay
There are several rapid train lines that connect the Hague with Amsterdam as the cities provide commuters to one another. Despite being the largest city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s size is relatively manageable and it is possible to visits many of its famous sights in one day.
Amsterdam’s canal belt is stunning | © pixabay
Leiden’s university is the oldest in the Netherlands and date back to 1575. Since then the city has developed around academia and currently features many stunning buildings associated with the university including Leiden Observatory. Hortus Botanicus botanical gardens and several scholarly museums.
Leiden’s de Volk windmill during dusk | © pixabay
Rotterdam is actually connected to The Hague by a high speed metro line which means that travelling between either city takes around 30 minutes. As the second largest city in the Netherlands, Rotterdam has plenty to offer travellers, including astounding ultra-modern architecture, world-leading museums and many awesome nighttime hangouts.
Rotterdam’s city centre is super modern | © pixabay
The windmills at Kinderdijk
Due to its historical and cultural significance, the windmill network inside Kinderdijk is protected as an UNSECO World Heritage Site. Most of these incredible machines are over 250 years old and were originally built to drain water from the area’s marshlands.
Although Kijkduin is actually part of the Hague its distance from the city’s centre can easily justify an entire day trip. This seaside borough lies roughly 10 kilometre due west of the Binnenhof and is famous for its beautiful coastline, windswept dunes and modernist architecture.
The sunsetting over Kijkduin | © pixabay
Utrecht might be the most historically charming city in the Netherlands and still features many church buildings from the Middle Ages. The Dom Tower, for example, was built in the 14th century and has stood above Utrecht’s historic town centre ever since.
Utrecht | © pixabay
Delft is a medieval city that lies between The Hague and Rotterdam. This photogenic burg was once an economic powerhouse and famously produced massive quotas of beautiful Delftware pottery during the Dutch Golden Ages. Many buildings from this period are still present within Delft and the city is renowned for its classic architecture.
Delft | © pixabay
Haarlem’s medieval town centre is utterly breathtaking and features several magnificent ecclesiastical and municipal buildings that predate the Dutch Golden Age. There’s also a craft brewery inside a former church.
Haarlem’s Grote Kerk (Great Church) | © pixabay
Gouda’s modest size and wide range of historical attractions makes it perfect for day trips from the Hague. Many of these wonderful buildings date back to Gouda’s economic heyday when it was the only city in the Netherlands that was permitted to hold a cheese market (which still takes place every Thursday between April and September).
Gouda’s town hall | © pixabay