The Ooievaart


The Ooievaart is the canal boat trip of The Hague. Get to know The Hague from a unique perspective while being told many interesting facts. The boat departs from the Bierkade all year round. During the 90-minute trip you will see several highlights that include the stately houses along the Mauritskade and Hooikade, the Palace Gardens and the Malieveld.

Canals of The Hague

The Hague used to be a real canal city, with numerous boats discharging goods at the city’s inland ports for sale on the many local markets. However, the absence of a river in The Hague worked against the favour of the currents. Waste sank to the bottom of the canals, and the stench soon became unbearable. Many of the canals were therefore filled in between 1640 and 1910. Thankfully, enough canals still remain for the Ooievaart to offer you a wonderful boat trip through and around the centre of The Hague.

Ticket sales

Experience a canal trip through The Hague and buy tickets online or on location at Wagenstraat 193. Make sure to specify the language you want spoken during the boat trip (Dutch, English, German or Spanish). You might even consider renting a boat if you’re part of a larger group. You can already rent a boat plus guide for € 250.

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