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The weather

The weather in the Netherlands is very changeable. We have an oceanic climate here, with some rainfall every month. When planning your trip to The Hague, it is useful to check in which month or week the weather is most favorable for your preference.

The seasons are divided as follows:
Spring (March 21 to June 20)
Summer (June 21 to September 20)
Autumn (September 21 to December 20)
Winter (December 21 to March 20)


Best time to travel to The Hague

We recommend planning your trip to The Hague from May to October. In these months you have the best chance on sunny days and the temperatures can rise to 20 degrees Celsius. Make sure to check the weather forecast in advance.


Public holidays

The Netherlands has a number of public holidays per year, in the shops could be closed or people are out celebrating. To avoid surprises, it is useful to be aware of this before you plan your visit to The Hague.

The shops are normally closed on New Year’s Day and Christmas Day. On other holidays, adjusted opening times often apply in The Hague. As for the supermarkets, they are generally always open – with adjusted times.

New Year January 1 2021
Good Friday April 2 2021
Easter April 4 2021
Easter April 5 2021
King’s Day April 27 2021
Liberation Day May 5 2021
Ascension Day May 13 2021
Pentecost May 23 2021
Whit Monday May 24 2021
Christmas Day December 25 2020
Boxing Day December 26 2020

Also pay attention to days such as Prinsjesdag (September 15, 2020) and Veterans Day (June 26, 2021); then the city is also very busy!


Emergency numbers

Save the numbers below before visiting The Hague, for your own safety and health, as well as that of another. The country code of The Netherlands is +31, enter this first before you dial a number (not the case for 112).

National emergency number: 112
National police number (not for emergencies): 0900 8844


Luggage storage

At most hotels, check out is before noon. It might be useful to store your luggage if you still want to spend the day in The Hague. If it’s not possible to store your luggage in the hotel, or it is simply more convenient to keep your luggage at a central point, you can rent a safe at the train station The Hague Central.

You can store your luggage here with a maximum of 72 hours. The costs per 24 hours are € 6.20 for a small safe and € 9.30 for a large safe.


Opening hours shops

Shopping in The Hague is possible 7 days a week. Large department stores, such as the Bijenkorf, are open even longer than the usual 6:00 pm. To make sure that the store you want to go to is open, it is best to check their website.

Thursday is the official shopping evening and most shops are also open on Sunday. Generally, the shops are open until 6:00 PM. On Thursday this is 9:00 PM and on Sunday 5:00 PM. Please note that the shops open up a bit later on Sunday and Monday.