The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague, The Netherlands

I've been to the Hague four times already. It's my most visited foreign city actually. Last time I went, I was not preoccupied with doing touristic things - I wanted to simply enjoy myself in the area. I've made a list of five things to highlight from the trip to share.

 

Nootdorp

If you can, take the tram out to the suburbs like Nootdorp and stroll around. It's an easier way to experience the Dutch landscape. There is a lot fewer people than in the city and, more importantly, the canals are much more scenic. It's a lovely way to checkout the scene side of the Hague. 

 

Kuekenhof Gardens

If you're visiting Holland in the spring, ideally late April or early May, I'd highly recommend making a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens. It's a botanical garden that's overdosed on flowers. Pay attention to the local weather and try your best to figure out when the tulips are blooming as they are majority of the park (or, so it seemed). Additionally, the Keukenhof is located right next to flower fields which are just rows and rows of colour coordinated flower strips.

 
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The whole place smells so nice and even though it can be busy even during a weekday it's a must. Take at least 3 or 4 hours to walk through the park. Bring a book and hang out on the lawns; bring a friend and stroll around aimlessly. I promise you, after about 30 minutes you will be sick of taking photos of flowers.

 

The garden is massive. There is even a large pond and a windmill which you can climb. (I was very set on finding a windmill my last trip which is why you can see me hugging one in the middle photo below 😜) I think the best part of Keukenhof was being overwhelmed by the amount of flowers and their composition. It was truly beautiful. I do want to give advice about going to the Keukenhof: take your time. There is a lot to see and it's doable even if there is a crowd. This is al about nature and literally stopping to smell the roses so don't rush and try not to waste all your energy on photos in the first 30 min and you'll have a grand time. Promise.

 
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Frietwinkel

After having an amazing morning at the Keukenhof, we made a stop at the Frietwinkel which serves two things, french fries and krokets. It's a small little shop which recently opened it's second location in the Hague. The original is from Utrecht. If you're a lover of fries like myself you'll love the simplicity and quality of the joint. If you're indifferent to french fries you will too enjoy a delicious serving. But above all you must try a kroket or a bitter ball. it's a Dutch staple and even if you don't like it, like I don't, there is no harm in trying something local.

 
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A stroll at the sea

Do the a stroll on the pier. You don't have to eat at the restaurants or drink at the bars. Just admire the views. Plus, you should be eating the herring at Simonis.

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Walk through a dog park and a lake

Do the a stroll on the pier. You don't have to eat at the restaurants or drink at the bars. Just admite the views. Plus, you should be eating the herring at Simonis. Do the a stroll on the pier. You don't have to eat at the restaurants or drink at the bars. Just admite the views. Plus, you should be eating the herring at Simonis.

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Frietwinkel · Korte Poten 23, 2511 EC Den Haag, Netherlands
Keukenhof · Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
Simonis · Strandweg 77 79, 2586 JL Den Haag, Netherlands
Scheveningse Pier · JK, Strandweg 1, 2586 The Hague, Netherlands
Dobbeplas Park · Oudeweg 100, 2631 PB Nootdorp, Netherlands

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