Things to do in Den Haag For Free

things to do in den haag for free

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As you can imagine, Den Haag is not the most budget-friendly city in the world. However, there are still many things to do in Den Haag For Free. And if you ask me they are also the best ones. 

Den Haag aka The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands.

Den Haag was my second stop on my 10-day Netherlands trip and I’ve stayed there for 2 nights.

I really like the city a lot. It’s much calmer than Amsterdam, of course, and it’s very pretty as well.

things to do in den haag for free

And yes everyone knows that Netherlands it’s not the cheapest country in the world, actually, it’s the opposite and although Den Haag it’s an expensive city there are many cool things to do for free.

During my stay in Den Haag, those are the things that I found as the best but I’m sure that the city has even more to offer, so I would visit it again with pleasure.

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: Walk around aimlessly and admire the beautiful architecture of the city

If you follow the blog, then you already might know that one of my favourite things to do is to explore a new place as walking aimlessly and getting lost in it.

Den Haag is a perfect city to do so. It’s very easy to get around and explore on foot (and the public transportation is quite expensive).

Also, the architecture in Den Haag is very beautiful. I have a thing for big windows, bicycles and beautiful and big doors. The typical Netherlands picture.

One thing that I was really disappointed by was that I couldn’t visit the Den Haag library. Unfortunately, it seems like it’s closed for visitors as per the locals I’ve asked how to get there.

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: Feed the ducks 

You will find them just on the other side of the Den Haag Centraal railway station.

There are people (like this man on the picture below) going there prepared to do so. Or you can just sit on one of the benches and enjoy the moment.

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: See the deer in the centre of the city

Yep, except ducks, there are also deers in the city centre. They are also in the park on the other side of the railway station, just behind the ducks.

Go check these cuties. How not to like Den Haag?!

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: Go to the beach

Scheveningen or the Den Haag beach is another place you should visit in the city. The beach is 15 minutes or less train ride from the city centre. 

There are many bars, restaurants and cafes, some attractions and you can also do a bungee jump from the tower at the beach, how cool?

When I went to the beach and during my whole stay in Den Haag, in general, the weather was not very nice although it was summer (end of June). However, I still got inside the North Sea even though the water was cold.

But if the weather is nice take advantage of it and go for a swim.

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: Visit the Japanese Garden 

Actually, visit the Clingendael Park, as the Japanese Garden can be visited only during a short period of the year, due to its fragility. 

When I went to the park it was closed and I managed to see it just from the outside. 

However, the park itself is very nice and very big as well. In the park, there are also lots of animals. 

If the weather is nice it can be a great place for a picnic or any sports activities. 

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: People watch at the Grote Markt 

The Grote Markt is in the heart of the city. The name can be literally translated to ”Great Market”. This is one of the favourite spots of the locals surrounded by many bars and clubs.¬†

From the early morning till the late night, you can witness welcoming atmosphere and people having a good time.  

In the middle of the square, there is a statue of the iconic comic book figure Haagse Harry (first time hearing him, of course).¬†Harry is a popular Dutch comic book series in which the main character speaks a phonetic Hague dialect. With his dialect and sense of humour, Haagse Harry became the most famous ‘Haganees’ in the Netherlands.

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: Go for a trip to Delft 

Getting to Delft from Den Haag is not free but once there again all of the best things to do are. 

Delft is a charming small town 20 minutes tram ride away from Den Haag. 

Delft is simply wonderful and so easy to fall in love with. Canals, lovely architecture, great atmosphere, numerous street artists and again bicycles everywhere.

things to do in den haag for free

Things to do in Den Haag For Free: The red lights district

I didn’t know that there is a red lights district in Den Haag until I accidentally found it looking for something to eat, lol!¬†

And although using the services of the girls is far away from free, watching them ”working” is.¬†

Unlike Amsterdam in Den Haag, you won’t see parties and crowds of tourists but just a few men’s¬†browsing the windows.¬†

How to get to Den Haag from Amsterdam

Getting around Netherlands is very easy and convenient using the trains. That’s how I choose to travel between the both cities, as my hostel in Amsterdam was close to the Amsterdam Centraal and to get to the bus, I needed to go to the other side of the city.

The trains are very comfortable and they even have Wi-Fi.

The train ticket between Amsterdam and Den Haag costs 11.50 euro.

Except for the trains, you can also get a Flixbus from Amsterdam to Den Haag, which is cheaper, of course (5 euro).

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Where to stay in Den Haag

During my stay in Den Haag, I’ve stayed in Stayokay Den Haag Hostel. The hostel has a perfect location close to the both railway station and Den Haag Centraal and it’s 5 minutes away from the city centre.

You can book your stay here and read my full review about the hostel here.

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