The Hague is blessed with flat terrain, great cycle paths and lots of bike-hire shops, making a cycle tour one of the best ways to explore the city. This 11km ride takes you from the city centre to the beach resort of Scheveningen and back, passing some of The Hague’s greatest sights and cultural highlights.
From Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde head up Noordeinde, past a statue of Prince William I on horseback. You’ll pass cute independent shops and artist-owned galleries. Cross the bridge over the canal onto Zeestraat. After less than a minute you’ll see Panorama Mesdag (Zeestraat 65) on your right.
Panorama Mesdag museum houses a breathtaking 360-degree painting, 120 metres around and 14 metres high, depicting the nearby Scheveningen dunes, beaches and fishing boats. It was painted in 1881 by local artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag. The light varies depending on the time of day, for a different experience depending when you visit.
The Peace Palace
Continue along Zeestraat to a zebra crossing, followed by a junction. Turn left onto Scheveningseweg, keep going about 100m, then park on the red tarmac. The Vredespaleis – the Peace Palace – will be on your left, behind Carnegieplein.
The Peace Palace is one of the most famous institutions in the city, home to the International Court of Justice, and devoted to establishing world peace. Explore the visitor’s centre exhibition or stroll along the World Peace Path, made from around 200 stones from different countries.
Just behind the Vredespaleis tram stop on Scheveningseweg, opposite the palace, you’ll see a quiet path through thick trees. Cycle along here for just over 1.5km until the path becomes Hoge Prins Willemstraat, bordered by shops and cafes. Then head straight over the red tarmac at Prins Willemplein, bearing left into Keizerstraat.
Keizerstraat is the region’s oldest shopping street, once home to a fishing community, and the vibrant sights, smells and sounds include busy eateries that still thrive on fresh seafood. At the top of the bustling road, you’ll find a large church, the oldest relic of the former fishing village.
On the beach at Scheveningen
This is The Hague’s beach region, with vast stretches of sand. If it’s a clear day, walk onto the pier for great views. You can bungee jump off the end of the pier, or sample great poffertjes (small Dutch pancakes).
Parklife in Westbroekpark and Madurodam
Return to Strandweg and keep going with the beach on your left, then follow the road as it sweeps right. The road becomes Scheveningseslag, then Rotterdamsestraat. Cross straight over Neptunusstraat and continue onto D’aumeriestraat. At the end of the road, take a left and continue until you reach tennis courts. Take a right here, then turn left onto the tree-lined Kapelplein. Bear right onto Kapelweg and continue for 600m to enter the beautiful Westbroekpark.
Enjoy the beautiful greenery and thousands of colourful roses in this city park. Bear left to follow the path so that the waterway is on your left. Here you can rent a rowing boat, lounge on the grass or stay for an afternoon tea.
Once you’re ready to move on, continue along the path to exit the park. Turn right on Cremerweg, cross the river and turn left onto Haringkade. When you reach the red tarmac of George Maduroplein, park up.
The Escher Museum
With the river on your left, head down Koninginnegracht, which becomes Prinsessgracht, for 2km. After the Malieveld tram stop, turn right onto Korte Voorhout and take the second right onto Lange Voorhout, where you’ll find the museum quarter. Keep going until you see a right-hand path signposted as Museum Escher in het Paleis.
This museum, in the former winter palace of Queen Emma of the Netherlands, has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the famed Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, filled with impossible objects and optical illusions.
Return to Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde
Return to the main path, keep going and take the first left. Follow this path and continue past the church, Kloosterkerk and it becomes a road. Just after the road bends to the left, take a right onto Heulstraat. You’ll soon find Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde on your right-hand side.
You can follow this route on Google Maps.