1. Book a city tour with a Hague Greeter: these knowledgeable, friendly residents volunteer to share their love for their city and walk you through it for a couple of hours. Book your Greeter at least two weeks ahead of your visit.
2. Visit the Netherlands on the last weekend of April to discover The Hague's party side. The national holiday Koningsdag (King's Day) is celebrated on 27 April in honour of King Willem-Alexander's birthday, transforming the country into Europe's largest open air festival. As the official home of the House of Orange, The Hague goes to town with live music, residents dressed head to toe in orange and countless informal street market stalls.
3. Bring your bicycle with you and make the most of Holland's excellent cycle path network. Download the Parkenroute leaflet from the Fiestersbond (Dutch Cyclists' Union) website for details of three cycle routes in and around The Hague, Scheveningen and the dunes.
4. Celebrate the opening of herring fishing season in Scheveningen on Vlaggetjesdag (Little Flags Day), when the Nieuwe Hollandse (New Dutch) young herring is caught (late May to late June). Hundreds of boats sail out to fish for herring to great fanfare, complemented by food and craft stalls, music and boat displays.
5. Visit the free exhibition showcasing the history of the Netherlands through original copies of historical documents at De Verdieping van Nederland inside the Royal Library. It includes the original sales act of the Dutch purchase of Manhattan from native American Indians.