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Hague: The Self-Guided Exploration Game

1. Hague: The Self-Guided Exploration Game

Take the untraditional route, and haunt the Hague instead of hiring a guided tour. Immerse yourself in a mystery game where the answers to clues lead you through the ancient, and largest Dutch city on the North Sea. Begin the journey to find your lost heart at the Escher in Het Paleis, and solve 12 puzzles on your smartphone to discover new locations in an interactive and alternative way to exploring a new place. Pass by the oldest building in the city—the Abbey church, hunt around the ancient and medieval Old City Hall, marvel at the Noordeinde Palace, and discover the Binnenhof & Ridderzaal. View the city's history and various churches and galleries from a unique perspective and start and stop as you see fit. End your experience at The New Church, one of the oldest monuments the Hauge has to offer. Play in a large group, go it alone or create small teams to compete against each other for time. Download the game, tickle your brain, and explore the Hauge like never before.

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The Hague: Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram

2. The Hague: Hop-on Hop-off Tourist Tram

See the sights of The Hague with full-day access to a hop-on hop-off tram. Jump on and off the tram as much as you like, and stop by the Parliament, Town Hall, the Children’s Book Museum, and more. Board the tram at any of the 16 stops. Head to the end of the line for Scheveningseslag and the Museum Sculptures by the Sea. Full list of tram stops: Stop 1: Kerkplein / Gravenstraat Stop 2: Centrum Stop 3: Centraal Station Stop 4: Korte Voorhout Stop 5: Kneuterdijk Stop 6: Mauritskade Stop 7: Vredespaleis (Peace Palace) Stop 8: World Forum / Madurodam Stop 9: Keizerstraat Stop 10: Scheveningseslag / Beelden aan Zee Stop 11: Kurhaus (Scheveningen Beach) Stop 12: Zwarte Pad Stop 13: Statenlaan (Scheveningen Harbour) Stop 14: Kunstmuseum Den Haag / Museon Stop 15: Van Speijkstraat Stop 16: Noordwal

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The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

3. The Hague: Mauritshuis Entrance Ticket

Indulge the art-lover in you at the Mauritshuis, home to the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Explore one of the most iconic buildings in the Hague, located next to the Parliament. Look out of its windows for a view of the pond.  Discover the art museum's compact, yet world-renowned collection. See more than 200 masterpieces such as Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp" by Rembrandt, "The Goldfinch" by Fabritius, and "The Bull" by Potter on permanent display. Appreciate the collection's rich variety, with genre paintings by Jan Steen, landscapes by Jacob van Ruisdael, still lifes by Adriaen Coorte, and portraits by Rubens. Admire the 17th-century monument's historic yet intimate interior, with its silken wall coverings, sparkling chandeliers, and monumental painted ceilings. Stay as long as you wish and visit the museum at your own pace. Allow around 1.5 hours, which is the average visit duration. Visit the restaurant and coffee shop, purchase some souvenirs, or visit the temporary exhibition. The current Facelifts & Make-overs exhibition tells the story of paintings that have been treated in the Mauritshuis over the past 25 years. What do you do if a painting is damaged by woodworm? Why was something added to a painting by Frans Hals for no apparent reason? And what dilemma does a conservator face if an extra figure suddenly reappears in a picture? Learn all about making the lower layers of paintings visible (sometimes revealing a completely different composition underneath) and the development of ‘craquelure’ (those fine cracks in the paint of old paintings). Find out how ‘dendrochronology’ (a technique for dating wood by studying the annual growth rings in tree trunks) can be used to determine a panel’s age.

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Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

4. Amsterdam: Guided Trip to Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague

Your tour will begin as you depart from Amsterdam on your coach and head to Rotterdam. Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, and is quite famous for its architecture and commercial harbor. After a short city tour, the first stop will be Spido for your 1-hour and 15-minute boat tour, which is the best way to view one of the world’s largest ports. You will see Rotterdam’s imposing skyline, cutting-edge architecture, harbors, shipyards, and docks. After the harbor cruise you will continue your city tour, which includes a stop at the famous Markethall and Cube Houses.  The next stop is the picturesque city of Delft, which is the birthplace and final resting place of Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Known as the Princes’ City, it is also where countless members of the Dutch royal family have been buried for centuries. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to discover Delft’s canal-streaked historic town center. It is packed with awe-inspiring historical monuments including the Old Church, the New Church, and the Town Hall. You will also visit De Delftse Pauw, a factory specializing in handmade Delft Blue pottery, which has been the most coveted porcelain since the 17th century.  Finally, you will head to The Hague for a city tour. In addition to being the seat of the Dutch government, this city is also the home of the Dutch royal family, and is 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. Stop and take pictures at the Peace Palace, the Mauritshuis (featuring work by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Andy Warhol), and the Binnenhof (the meeting place of the Dutch government).  Before returning to Amsterdam, hit the nearby Madurodam, which is an outdoor park featuring miniature replicas of the Netherlands’ most famed locations. See the Rijksmuseum, the Binnenhof, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Port of Rotterdam, traditional Dutch canal houses, Thalys highspeed train, Erasmusbridge, and windmills on a 1:25 scale. In the late afternoon, you will return to Amsterdam.

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From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

5. From Amsterdam: Rotterdam and The Hague Tour in Spanish

Depart Amsterdam and journey by bus to explore the seat of power in the Netherlands in the elegant city of The Hague, where highlights include the royal Noordeinde Palace and the government buildings of the Binnenhof. Continue to the Mauritshuis Museum, where art by Rembrandt and Vermeer is on display and then see the headquarters of the International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace. You then journey to Rotterdam, known for its innovative architecture. On arrival, look at The Man without a Heart sculpture by Ossip Zadkine, built to reflect on the destruction of the city during World War II. See the only medieval building still standing in the city, admire the interesting Cube Houses by Piet Blom and go to the old port area of Oude Haven. Marvel at the food on display in the historic Markthal and stroll along the banks of the River Meuse to get a panoramic view of the city's skyscrapers. Get some free time in Rotterdam for lunch and before making your way back to Amsterdam.

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Small Group Tour to UNESCO Kinderdijk & The Hague

6. 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. At 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. - The Gemeentemuseum; is a modern palace of the arts. Step inside this enchanting building, wander through its beautiful daylit galleries and discover that special work of art that touches you personally. You might even leave a little in love. With that extraordinary painting by Monet, that impressive photography exhibition, the adventurous life of Piet Mondrian, the intimate galleries, or the period rooms full of Delftware. - 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.

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Small Group Tour: Kinderdijk, The Hague & Bonus Attraction

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

At 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, the Gemeentemuseum, 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 Mauritshuis

Very nice (but unfortunately only half) tour through the Hague with explanations via button in ear ... I would also like to offer an evening trip. 4.45 p.m., if you want to eat and chill out on the beach in Scheveningen, it was too short for me ... then we took a taxi back to The Hague.

Was very nice, enjoyed the trip due to the detailed explanation from our guide julliet rainmaker. Some of the facts if travelled ourselves, we would have missed out. Beautiful city view of delft, Rotterdam and hague is worth the visit. Will defenetly travel more of these guided tours.

Excellent guide of Juliette English French and Spanish Competence and professionalism You should have more time for Delft and less for Rotterdam In general the tour is good

Very easy to use. Tour guides in the tram were so friendly and helpful. The audio guide was both informative and entertaining. Really a great way to see the city!

Juliet was very nice to us. She was explained great details and well organized trip. it was nice experince. thank you