Fact: in the last 108 years, the annual amount of rainfall in The Netherlands has risen from 690 to 874 millimetres. This is an increase of 27%, and Holland is already pretty rainy! Needless to say, you need a place to shelter from the rain -and occasionally from snow or hale. We are here to help you out with that!
‘Rain rain go away, come back another day’, doesn’t work here. In all honesty, you are lucky to catch some blue skies in winter. Nevertheless, there is enough to enjoy and explore indoors around here. We start off with something indoors, but cold!
It is not a cosy warm activity, although it will warm you up in no-time and the hot chocolate (or mulled wine) afterwards will definitely make it cosy! During winter some of our canals freeze over and for the real daredevils you could take the risk and try avoiding the ice gaps on the canals. To have a bit more security we have proper ice skating rinks too. The Uithof is the birth-place of Dutch ice skating champions like Ben van den Burg, Bart Veldkamp and Gianni Romme. A big semi-covered 400 meter ice-track, a nice café for drinks afterwards. If ice skating is not your cup of tea, there is go carts, a climbing wall, air soft, skiing and snowboarding and heaps more!! A cosy ice skate rink and big slide pop up across the beach and some cafes or restaurants (this one is in a shopping mall in Leidschendam, outside the city) have them too!
This magical theme park is every Dutch kid’s favourite! This one’s a bit further out the city, but we agree that it still is every adult’s favourite too!! There are heaps of rides, shows, magical creatures and enchanted forests, food and drinks and during winter there are special winter activities all through the park. We have found you a good deal through NS, the Dutch trains company (booking until 6 jan, valid until 31 jan).
Even without a deal, Efteling is one of the most favourite things to do for kids all ages and even though it’s not in The Hague, it is absolutely worth a visit while you’re in The Netherlands!
Back to The Hague. If you are an arthouse film lover, this is the place to go! Right around the corner of the hostel, Filmhuis Den Haag screens the latest non-Hollywood movies and some classics, they have workshops and even lectures on too and there is a lovely café and bar. A few minutes more down the road is two Pathé cinema’s and they do screen the blockbusters if that is more to your liking.
Pannekoeken = pancakes. And not just the breakfast ones. Dutch pancakes are as big as your plate, thin, but thicker than French crepes. You can have them with any topping, sweet or savory and we eat them for lunch or dinner! Some cafés offer them on their menu alongside other dishes. The real ‘pannekoekenhuis’ usually has JUST pancakes on the menu and the place is traditionally decorated in old Dutch farm style.
Concerts & Museums
Besides the bars and cafés that offer live music, there is bigger concert venues too. Paard van Troje has great parties and concerts and is also just 10 minutes away. Bigger concert venues are just a train ride away too, like Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and Ahoy in Rotterdam have famous artists performing pretty much weekly! We have the Royal Dutch theater as well as heaps of museums just around the corner.
And then there’s the beach. The beach when it rains? Yes! The Pier and the shops, the ice skating rink and even a real pancake house, the restaurants on the boulevard, a cinema and a bowling alley offer almost all of the above in one spot! And, rain and wind make good waves so if you are not afraid of the Dutch winter weather, we dare you to go for a surf!
You could also just hang out in our bar and enjoy our coffees, beers, boardgames and company!