The Hague (Den Haag) is my favorite city to celebrate autumn season in! The city is home to Dutch politics, glorious beaches and many parks, excellent for an autumn themed stroll. If you’re curious to see what The Hague looks like in autumn, check out the photos I shot, below.
When I was a child, the smell of autumn was how I remembered The Hague. Growing up right next to the city and being part of a family that was raised in it, every family activity consisted of the same: going back to the roots. For me that usually meant wandering through Clingendael park, collecting chestnuts and getting chased by hungry geese.
Now that I’m an adult (as if) I try to see The Hague in autumn colors at least once a year. The options for seeing the leafs fall are diverse, yet I tend to fall back on Clingendael most times. One of the reasons for that is the Japanese garden, which is only open for 8 weeks a year.
All photos below are shot in Clingendael during one of my precious fall visits. If you’re curious about how to get there or which other parks to visit in The Hague, scroll down!
How to get to Clingendael
Take bus 18 from The Hague central station and get out at Van Alkemadelaan. The entrance of the park is reached within a 5 minute walk. There are multiple entrances, however the head entrance is to be found at Wassenaarseweg.
Clingendael isn’t that large, a few hours of roaming – including tasting the fresh apple pie at the café – will be enough to discover the park.
Not tired of autumn in The Hague? There are many parks and green spots are great for watching the leafs fall. Choose Haagse Bos for a long, forested walk, Westbroekpark to see the fancy side of The Hague, Zuiderpark for a picnick and Westduinpark for an escape to the sea.