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Things to do when your grandma visits you in The Hague!

Hi there,

After very busy weeks of final exams and several visits from my family, I am back!

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The Hague is beautiful!

My grandma visited me with a friend of hers recently, and I thought it would be good to share with you my experience. She stayed for 3 days in The Hague at the easyHotel Den Haag City Centre. To be honest, it is not the best hotel you can find in The Hague, especially for your grandma, but it is decent and clean. We only booked it because she decided to visit me at the last minute and everything else was either fully booked or too expensive. What is perfect about this hotel though, is its location! All tourist sites are nearby and there are so many restaurants and cafés around. So it definitely made their stay easier! (“easyHotel”, duhh.)

Here are 5 things you can do to make your grandma’s stay enjoyable and enriching in The Hague:

1. Give her a tour of the embassies, the Noordeinde Palace and the small parks and squares in the zeeheldenkwartier. Start by Lange Voorhout and stroll around heading towards the Peace Palace. Stop there to take a selfy!

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The visitors centre’s entrance in the Peace Palace is free and open from 10 am to 5pm (closed on Mondays). You have access to free audio guides in different languages. You will learn about the history of the Peace Palace, the people who were involved in initiating the international peace movement, the functions of the palace, etc. I strongly recommend it if you haven’t been yet!

2. If you’re lucky and your grandma visits you during the opening of Keukenhof, visit it with her and wander around the park. Of course, this is only if she loves flowers, but I bet every grandma loves them!

More than 7 billion bulbs in bloom last spring!

More than 7 billion bulbs in bloom last spring!

3. Take her to the beach and eat seafood there.

4. Make a stop at the Casino before, after or during the beach!

5. Schedule a visit at the ProDemos Centre for her to visit the Binnenhof with the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) and the Parliament buildings. Price for the complete tour is 10 euros. I think it’s a great value for money!

And finally, where to eat?

  • Lunch: Go to Noordeinde. This street has different kinds of restaurants, cafés and lunch places; you will find what you are looking for.
  • Dinner: Restaurant ALLARD: it is a cosy bistro with nice music and delicious food! They even have a surprise menu. The staffs are attentive and fun!
Entrance of Allard

Entrance of Allard

And don’t forget to take a break on Plein to drink a coffee or a fresh mint tea!

I hope this will give you a good idea of things to do in The Hague with your grandma and that she will enjoy her stay here! By the way, this could also apply to grandpas 😉
Let me know of any other good recommendations! And I would be happy to hear about things to do with your grandma in Leiden! Looking forward to reading your comments.

Have a good time,

Chloe

3 comments on “Things to do when your grandma visits you in The Hague!

  1. Lucas
    June 10, 2015

    Hi Chloe,

    So good to read all your tips for a stay in The Hague and about your stay at the easyHotel Den Haag City Centre! Especcially fun it was to see that you spent your time with grandma, considering we were featured in LEVEN! Magazine with a similar story. Please see attached link on page 126. http://www.levenmagazine.nl/pageflip/dh_zomer_2013/LDH_Zomer_2013.pdf

    We hope to welcome you again and maybe we can give you and your grandma somewhat more insiders tips to the city of The Hague besides the great ones you already have given.

    All the best,

    Lucas from easyHotel

    • Lucas
      June 10, 2015

      Sorry, page 128…

    • Chloe@theleidener
      July 5, 2015

      Thanks Lucas for your comment! And sorry it took me so long to get back to you!
      I had a look at the magazine and indeed, funny to see the similarity! Cheers,
      Chloe

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