During our boat tour with the theme ' The Day of Architecture', there will be special emphasis on architecture and buildings in the 'Rivierenbuurt'. Modern architecture of the area named 'Resident' near the Central Station and the 19th century layout of the city will be shown. The Hague is known for the 'Binnenhof', the 'Ridderzaal' and the 'Mauritshuis'. Well known buildings that characterise the city. But The Hague has many more striking buildings with exceptional architecture to offer. This is recognition of the fact that the city has developed from the court of the earl to the seat of our government and the location for many international organisations..
The canals of The Hague
Few people know that The Hague has 400 years old canals. Actually, the city is circled by typical Dutch canals. They were created for the city's defences around 1612. Just like in Amsterdam, a boat trip on the canals will show you the city's historical and cultural richness and diversity.
Ooievaart boat trip
The Ooievaart takes you through old and new parts of The Hague, under bridges and through tunnels. During the 1,5 hour boat tour you will see the Royal Stables and Gardens, the Old Church and government buildings. You will also see the former houses of famous Dutch historical figures such as the 17th century artists Paulus Potter, Jan Steen and Jan van Goyen and the Jewish Pantheist Benedict (Baruch) Spinoza. Enjoy the beautiful locations, while the volunteers of the Ooievaart passionately divulge the treasures of the city, the Netherlands and its inhabitants. Sometimes you have to duck to get under low ancient bridges, which makes the boat trip an adventurous and interactive activity. Immerse yourself in the journey and get to know The Hague from a different perspective!
Schedules The Dutch spoken tour starts at 2PM. The tour starts at the Harbour Office ('Havenkantoor') and takes approximately 1,5 hours. The tour also ends at the Bierkade.
It 's recommended to book in advance. You can either call 070-4451869 (option 1), buy a ticket online or at the VVV Tourist Office (Spui 68). All year round you can hire a boat for your own group (up to 30 persons) with its own captain and an experienced guide.
The Ooievaart's office is located at Bierkade near Stationsweg in the centre of The Hague. Bierkade is a five-minute walk from Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station and ten minutes from Central Station. Various trams and buses also stop in the vicinity.