Escher in Het Paleis

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The Hague: Escher in The Palace Museum Ticket

1. The Hague: Escher in The Palace Museum Ticket

Get discounted entry to Escher in Het Paleis, a permanent exhibition dedicated to the world-famous artist M.C. Escher, whose art startled millions of people all over the world. The collection is housed in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands and is the only public building in The Hague where the original royal ambience has been maintained. See almost all of the works of the Dutch artist, including the 7-meter long Metamorphosis III, an enormous woodcut displayed in a non-conventional way that let’s you experience Escher combining time and space as an organic unity. Escher instills a sense of wonder, fascinating young and old alike. The exhibition includes famous “impossible” prints, such as “Day and Night”, where the Dutch landscape appears to morph into a flock of birds, and the famous “Climbing and Descending” depicting rows of people perpetually ascending and descending a flight of stairs. Located on the second floor of The Palace is the interactive exhibition “Looking as Escher Does” where as well as doing puzzles with your eyes, you can unravel some of Escher’s mysteries with your hands.

Small Group Tour to UNESCO Kinderdijk & The Hague

2. Small Group Tour to UNESCO Kinderdijk & The Hague

Meet your guide and driver at a central meeting point in Amsterdam. A comfortable, air-conditioned luxurious minivan will take you to today’s destination in about 75 minutes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the distinctive views of the Dutch flat landscape. A visit to Kinderdijk gives you the extraordinary opportunity to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site in Holland. In 1997, the windmill complex of Kinderdijk was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list because of its unique character. UNESCO considers the polder area with its dikes, mills, and pumping stations to be proof of human inventiveness in reclaiming and protecting the land. This is worldwide recognition of the fact this vulnerable area must be preserved for the future. On arrival in Kinderdijk, your personal guide will take you to the visitor center, situated in an old pumping station. Watch the film about the Kinderdijk area before walking through the area. If possible, you will visit a working windmill from the inside (depending on how busy it is). After a 90 minute visit, it's back aboard the minivan and onto The Hague. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. The Hague is where most foreign embassies in the Netherlands are located, as well as 150 international organizations, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. It is also the home of the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, the Mauritshuis, and the Binnenhof (the Dutch parliament). At arrival in The Hague, you will do a city tour in a minivan to see all these highlights and a stop will be made for lunch before enjoying a visit to one of the 3 cultural highlights of The Hague: - The Mauritshuis; home to some of the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age. Discover masterpieces such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl earring and paintings of the famous Rembrandt van Rijn. Enjoy an audio tour. - Escher in Het Paleis; This former royal winter palace now homes over 120 prints of the famous M.C. Escher. The way he played with perspective, space, and reality means he remains fascinating even today. His playful prints delight the eye and have been a rich source of inspiration for mathematicians, filmmakers, and architects throughout the world for many years. - Madurodam; what makes the small country of the Netherlands so great? Discover this and more at Madurodam, a small city full of beautiful miniatures, playful activities, and the best attractions. You will return to Amsterdam in the late afternoon. A professional, experienced, and friendly driver/guide will accompany you throughout the tour.

Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

3. Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

On arrival in Kinderdijk, your personal guide will take you to the visitor center, situated in an old pumping station. Watch the film and visit a working windmill from the inside, depending on how busy it is. After Kinderdijk, visit the Hague. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family and the third-largest city in the country. See the home of the Peace Palace, a number of royal palaces, Mauritshuis, works from M. C. Escher in Het Paleis, the Madurodam, and the Binnenhof, from the comfort of a minivan. See the best Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, wander through beautiful day-lit galleries and enter a small city full of beautiful miniatures. Finally, finish your day with a choice of two attractions. Either enjoy the ultimate 5D VR flight experience over the Dutch countryside without leaving the city or, sit back and relax on a canal cruise and admire Amsterdam's most famous attractions from the canal.

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What people are saying about Escher in Het Paleis

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 178 reviews

Fantastic exhibition - worth every penny

Even if you haven't heard of Escher or know his work this is a "must-do" exhibition. The whole exhibition is well organised and displayed tastefully throughout the rooms of the old palace without seeming to be out of place and enabling one to view details about the palace as well. Lots to keep both young and old entertained throughout, especially in the interaction section on the top floor - unfortunately the museum closed at 5:00 pm otherwise we would probably still be there!! The facilities such as the cloakroom, luggage store (as for all museums large bags must be stored in free lockers before viewing the exhibition) all in excellent condition. There is a audio tour that one could download for free onto your phone but we didn't do this as the process was time consuming and required too much personal information. But an audio tour wasn't actually required since all the exhibits & works had good descriptive information in both English & Dutch

excellent trip

My husband and I were the only people on the trip as all others scheduled did not show. Our trip was terrific. The guide, Bram was knowledgeable, entertaining and competent. I would highly recommend this company. He was on time leaving and returning and allowed enough time at each spot to enjoy the area. If I had a criticism and for most people it would not be a problem, we did not really enjoy the embassy tour in The Hague, (we live in Washington DC area) but that part of tour included the International Court of Justice and the Peace /Justice (high court of Netherlands) Court so it was worth it. Seeing the International Court was a bonus and a building I really appreciated a chance to see.

Kinderdijk is enchanting! It was so interesting to see 19 windmills and how this feat of engineering has helped control the water in Holland. We also went to The Hague, known here as Den Haag, and saw the International Criminal Court, various embassies, and the nearby beach area, courtesy of our guide and driver Theo…who was fabulous and gave us so much interesting information! A definite 5 star tour!

Quirky and interesting rolled into one!

Loved this museum. Escher is well known but the development of his art and how it grew into a modern day phenomena, is amazing. He was way ahead of his time. Great to experience the Palace and it’s history alongside Escher’s work too.

Get tickets ahead of time and plan on a couple of hours if you want to read about and see everything.