Top Historical Sights in The Hague

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While The Hague isn’t a national capital, it remains one of the most politically important and culturally vibrant cities on the planet. Look past the bureaucrats and businesspeople, and you’ll find plenty of historical appeal. Here are some must-see historical sites in The Hague.
 
Inner Court and Hall of the Knights (Binnenhof and Ridderzaal)
The Binnenhof complex of buildings sits within the historic center of The Hague. Former aristocratic residences now house the chambers of Parliament and the residence of the prime minister. The 13th-century Knights’ Hall (Ridderzaal) was restored in 1904 and is today used for state receptions.
 
Noordeinde Palace
This palace has served as a royal residence since 1609 when the state gifted it to the widow of William of Orange. It remains a working palace, and while it’s not open to the public, the views from the street are well worth the visit.
 
Mauritshuis
This historic 17th-century building, formerly a residence and hotel for elite guests, now houses one of the world’s best collections of 17th- and 18th-century art—some 800 works by a range of artists.
 
Prison Gate Museum
The Prison Gate Museum occupies a gatehouse that served as a real prison between 1428 and 1828. Visitors can see the old prison and torture chambers while learning the sometimes gruesome details about 17th-century justice.
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The Hague Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Get to know the city through the eyes of a passionate local. With no set itinerary, you can customize the tour or leave it up to the local for an insightful introduction to the city. Make travel about the people you meet not just the places you see.
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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Private Tour: The Hague Walking Tour Including Peace Palace Visitors Center

Discover the historical highlights and cultural delights of The Hague on a private walking tour of the resplendent city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit architectural gems like the Tower of Rutte and Noordeinde Palace, and delve into the city’s rich history with visit’s to the Prison Gate Museum and City Hall. Admire the grandeur of the Parliament buildings around the Binnenhof, the city’s cultural heart and conclude your tour by paying a visit to the Peace Palace visitors center. Relish the flexibility of this private tour while receiving the undivided attention of your guide.
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Private Walking Tour: Delft's Royal History and Pottery

Take a private tour of Delft and delve into the city’s royal history with this customizable, half-day walking tour. Famed for its iconic Delftware (or Delft Blue) pottery, its historic Old Town and its connections with the Dutch Royal Family, Delft is one of the Netherlands’ most popular day trip destinations. On this tour, you'll explore the Old Town, where you’ll stumble upon sights like the Prince’s Court and City Hall, and visit the New Church, the final resting place of William the Silent an other notable royals.
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Delft Pottery Factory Tour Including Pottery Souvenir

A fan of Dutch blue-and-white pottery? Don’t miss this 1-hour tour of the Delftse Pauw factory in Delft. A variety of tour times makes it easy to fit this charming experience into your sightseeing. Learn about the famous blue-and-white earthenware’s origins, how it’s made, and delight in the handmade piece you get to take home as a souvenir. After the tour, peruse the factory showroom and benefit from discounts on items you may purchase.
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