Den Haag, or ‘s-Gravenhage, known in English as The Hague, is located on the coast, and it is the third-largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. It is the seat of government, and the location for most of the foreign embassies and other international organizations such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. It is a spacious and green city with many parks, and so it reflects the origin of its name: ‘s-Gravenhage means “the count’s forest” and Den Haag simply means “The forest.” The Hague is the largest Dutch city on the North Sea, and it includes two beach resorts, Scheveningen in the northwest part of the city, and the smaller Kijkduin in the south-west. There are lots of things to do here, with art well represented by the superb Mauritshuis (its most famous paintings are Vermeer’s incredibly beautiful Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp) and Het Paleis which has a collection of works by M. C. Escher. Other artistic highlights include Piet Mondrian, whose last work, the unfinished Victory Boogie, can be seen at the Gemeentemuseum.
Boggi Milano in Den Haag
Boggi Milano opened its new store in Den Haag in April 2019. On Plaats 14, it is close to some of The Hague’s most iconic locations, such as the Mauritshuis and the Haags Historisch Museum. Without doubt, it is a highlight of the city, bringing Boggi Milano’s unique Italian-style interpretation of menswear to the beautiful setting of The Hague.
2513 AE Den Haag
Boggi Milano look for Den Haag
Den Haag is a North Sea location, there is often a breeze and temperatures in July and August reach just 21°C on average, with minimums of about 13°C. So a look that can take account for fluctuations in temperature is perfect for this city. The Boggi Milano blazer (BO19P054501) in the Amsterdam cut, in lightweight mohair, is perfect, with its removable bib and hood that adds a touch of orange, perfect for feeling at home in Holland. The bib can be removed when the weather is warm, and zipped to the blazer if the wind gets cooler. Perfect over a navy casual shirt in cotton lisle piqué, a pair of Slim-Fit wool drawstring trousers, and a pair of white leather sneakers.
Unusual and unmissable sights in Den Haag
1. Panorama Mesdag
Panorama paintings were popular in the 19th century, and this painting by Hendrik Willem is now the oldest existing example. It is painted on a giant cylindrical canvas, over 14 metres high and about 40 metres in diameter. Spectators can see the composition from a simulated sand dune at the centre, complete with a dais. The painting depicts a 360-degree view of Scheveningen as it was in 1881. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday and holidays 11am-5pm.
2518 AA Den Haag
Tel. +31 (0)70 310 66 65
2. Dinner on a wheel
Skyview De Pier is a large ferris wheel on the beach at Scheveningen, and the options for visiting it include dinner at a reasonable price that gives you about an hour and a half of time in which to enjoy the views from the 6-seat gondolas. For the basic ticket you get four rotations in about 15 minutes. Open every day, 11am-8pm, closing at 10pm on Friday and Saturday, 9pm on Sunday. Adults €9, High Tea including pastries, tea and Prosecco €22.50.
2586 JW Scheveningen
3. Louwman Museum
A collection of over 250 classic cars, from carriages to the present day, from Bugatti to Spyker, put together by two generations of the Louwman family, dating back to 1934 and housed in a stunning modern building designed by American architect Michael Graves, set in landscaped gardens. Allow plenty of time if you are interested in automotive culture: this is the best auto museum in the Netherlands and one of the best in the world. The museum café on the first floor simulates a 1930s-40s market square, complete with shop façades and interiors. €16.
2594 BB Den Haag
Tel. +31 70 304 7373
4. Museum Meermanno
If you like books, this is the place for you. In addition to the antique books collected by Baron W.H.J. van Westreenan van Tiellandt and his cousin Johan Meermann, the museum includes miscellaneous antiquities, particularly from Egypt, typical of a 19th-century aristocratic collection. In addition, there are miniature books, temporary exhibitions, workshops on calligraphy and printing, and interactive areas where children can play and draw. The setting is authentic 19th century and it’s like stepping back in time. Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6ì5pm, closed on national holidays. €9.50.
2514 AP Den Haag
Tel. +31 (0)70 346 27 00
5. Molendriegang Leidschendam
This is one of the most peaceful and picturesque locations in which to view Holland’s characteristic windmills. Close to Den Haag, the three windmills, dating back to 1672, are set in an unspoilt polder landscape, with canals, vast green fields and the majestic Netherlands skies. Not too many tourists. They are put into operation once a month on a Saturday, and in particular on National Windmill Day, the second Saturday in May, 11th May this year (2019).
2266 GE Leidschendam
6. Sawmill de Salamander
This windmill differs from most of the rest in that the wind power that is captured by the sails is used to drive a sawmill that turns tree trunks into planks. It is possible to visit the interior, with a workshop stocked with all sorts of tools. You can visit the platform near the top of the mill. Open on Wednesday and Saturday, 2pm-4pm. Admission free for individuals.
De Wiek 19
2265 VK Leidschendam
Tel. +31 (0)70 320 41 68