When travelling I like to overestimate the amount of time to spend in one place. Five days in Amsterdam sounded perfect in theory. I even cut days out of Luxembourg and Antwerp to spend extra time in Amsterdam because of all the great things I’ve heard about it. This might have been the biggest mistake of the trip. The thing about Amsterdam is… I didn’t like it. I’m sorry Amsterdam! I’m not someone who usually bashes cities because I can find beauty in the least visited places, but for me, Amsterdam was severally overrated. It’s basically just drugs, prostitutes and museums, none of which I’m interested in.
So we decided to day trip. Two words I’m kinda obsessed with. The Hague sounded like a great option. It’s the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam and most famously known for being the home of the Girl with the Pearl Earring. So yes, we went to see the Girl with the Pearl Earring.It’s located in a museum called Mauritshuis, which is in a central location and easy to find. The museum has over 800 objects, mostly consisting of Dutch Golden Age paintings by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Paulus Potter, Frans Hals, Jacob van Ruisdael and more.The city of the Hague was a refreshing change from Amsterdam, it’s difficult to see them as a part of the same country. The Hague had a mix of classical old buildings with modern architecture creating a cultural, clean city that is probably more suited for the person who is attracted to the museum-y side of Amsterdam. I would completely recommend the city to art lovers, museum goers and anyone who is bored of the capital, but not yet bored of The Netherlands as a whole.