Despite its diminutive size, The Hague is a treasure trove for art lovers. The Mauritshuis is one of the world's finest collections of Dutch Masters artworks, housed in an elegant 17th century mansion overlooking the Hofviijver pond. Newly expanded, the museum houses Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring", Fabritius' "The Goldfinch" and several pieces by Rembrandt.
Don't miss the Bredius Museum, the private collection of a former Mauritshuis curator, Abraham Bredius. Located in a beautifully restored 18th century mansion facing the Hofvijver, the collection includes paintings by Rembrandt, Jan Steen and Aert van der Neer in addition to priceless etchings, porcelain and silver. Follow the long Nordeinde street to the Panorama Mesdag, a 120 metre-long, 360-degree painting of the North Sea coast created in 1881, which lines the inside wall of a custom-built circular building.
Contemporary art lovers will marvel at the Gemeentemuseum (Municipal Museum), which boasts the world's most comprehensive collection of Piet Mondrian works, and at Escher in Het Paleis, the M.C. Escher museum located in the Lange Voorhout Palace which holds originals of the celebrated graphic artist's works including 'Belvédère', 'Ascending and Descending' and 'Day and Night'.