Monuments and landmarks in The Hague and Rotterdam: A guide for new expats

If you move to the Netherlands as an expat and settle in the bustling cities of The Hague or Rotterdam, you will be greeted by a wealth of historic buildings and cultural highlights. These cities breathe history and modernity, and their architectural splendor is sure to enchant you. In this blog, we share some must-visit monuments and structures that will give you a deeper insight into the rich history and vibrant art scenes of The Hague and Rotterdam.

Markthal Rotterdam

Historic Buildings in The Hague

The Hague is home to a wealth of cultural institutions and historic buildings. Too many to name, but we’d like to help you get started with four places you must have seen. 

  1. The Mauritshuis: originally a city palace, it has been a museum since 1822, displaying mainly paintings from the Golden Age. Housed in a beautiful 17th-century mansion, the museum is centrally located and surrounded by other cultural attractions
  2. Noordeinde Palace: This royal palace is not only an architectural masterpiece, but also the workplace of King Willem-Alexander. Admire the magnificent facade and stately gardens, and who knows, you might even catch a glimpse of royal life.
  3. Peace Palace: A symbol of international peace and justice, the Peace Palace houses the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Take a tour of this iconic building and discover the role the Netherlands plays in promoting world peace.
  4. Scheveningen beach: The beautiful sandy beach and the lively boulevard make Scheveningen the place to be on nice summer days. Visit the pier or take a look at the Kurhaus. This is a beautiful stately hotel and also a national monument on the boulevard.

Cultural Highlights in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is known for its impressive architecture. But the city has more to offer. Discover the city your way, but we give you four tips in advance.

  1. The Market Hall: An architectural masterpiece and a gourmet’s paradise, The Market Hall is a must-visit destination in Rotterdam. Admire the colorful ceiling artwork while enjoying culinary delights from all corners of the world.
  2. Kunsthal Rotterdam: For lovers of art and culture, the Kunsthal is a true treasure trove. With a diverse range of exhibitions ranging from classic masters to contemporary artists, there is something for everyone in this dynamic exhibition space.
  3. Euromast: For breathtaking views of Rotterdam and the surrounding port areas, climb the Euromast. This iconic tower offers panoramic views of the city and is a highlight for any visitor.
  4. The Port of Rotterdam: One the largest ports in the world. An essential hub for international trade and logistics. It offers an impressive landscape of modern infrastructure, giant container ships and advanced transshipment facilities. With the Rotterdam Spido boat tour you will discover the port from the inside. An absolute must-see!

Whether you are fascinated by history, art, or just want to enjoy the vibrant city life, The Hague and Rotterdam have something for everyone. As a new expat, exploring these monuments and buildings is an essential part of your introduction to these vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the history, admire the art and be enchanted by the unique charm of The Hague and Rotterdam. Welcome to the Netherlands!

Do you have questions, want more information or need help with your expat issues? We are happy to share our knowledge and expertise about all the possibilities in The Hague and Rotterdam.

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Morning: an energetic start

Mornings often start early for expats in Rotterdam, with a cup of Dutch coffee to get the day off to a good start. As the city awakens, expats head out to enjoy the lively atmosphere. Some choose to go jogging along the river Maas, while others explore the local markets for fresh groceries.

After a refreshing start, expats get ready for a day at the office. Rotterdammers are known as hard workers and their “To not just talk about something, but do it” mentality. For expats, this can be a refreshing experience, giving them the chance to develop new skills and grow in their careers.

Afternoon: lunch and exploration

During the lunch break, there is ample opportunity for expats to explore local cuisine. From cozy sandwich stores to trendy eateries, Rotterdam offers an array of culinary experiences. For expats who like to have lunch out of doors, the choice of restaurants is endless. Our tip: try a scrumptious sandwich at Guliano on Meent or at the Zalmstraat.

After lunch, it’s time to explore the city further. Expats can stroll through the bustling city center, past the impressive skyline and historic landmarks. Take a look at the eccentric Cube Houses, the Market Hall or the Euromast. For those interested in art and culture, there are plenty of museums and galleries to visit. The Kunsthal, for example, with its contrasting and high-profile exhibitions, is definitely a must-see.

Evening: social interaction and relaxation

After a busy day at work, it is time for some well-deserved relaxation. Expats can get together with friends and colleagues for a drink in one of the many cozy bars or on the terraces. The Witte de Withstraat is definitely worth a visit. The social environment in Rotterdam is lively and welcoming, making expats quickly feel at home in the city.

For those who like to be active, Rotterdam also offers plenty of opportunities for recreation and sports. From jogging along the river Maas to various types of water sports, there is something for everyone.

A retrospective: a lively expat experience

All in all, Rotterdam offers an exciting and vibrant environment for expats to live and work. With its cosmopolitan atmosphere, diverse culture and vibrant lifestyle, the city is an ideal destination for those seeking a unique expat experience. From daily life to work culture and social environment, Rotterdam has everything to offer for a meaningful and enriching expat experience.

If you have questions about life as an expat in Rotterdam, we are happy to help. Drop us a line to find out more about our expat services in The Netherlands.

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When you set foot in this vibrant city, brimming with rich culture and a unique lifestyle, an unforgettable experience awaits you in which tradition and modernity blend seamlessly. From the historic Binnenhof to the contemporary Mauritshuis. The Hague seamlessly integrates its rich history into everyday life. Expect a city where cultural festivals, art exhibitions and international events are part of your daily routine.

Culture: a diverse offering

The Hague has a wide range of museums, including the Mauritshuis (with masterpieces such as Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring”) and the Gemeentemuseum with modern art. For an expat wanting to learn more about the city’s history, The Hague Historical Museum is the ideal place. Besides museums, The Hague also has cultural icons such as Het Binnenhof, the political heart of the Netherlands, and the Vredespaleis (Peace Palace).

Music lovers can enjoy performances at the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) and the Zuiderstrandtheater. Festivals such as The Hague Jazz and Movies That Matter annually attract visitors from all over the world. In short, The Hague is brimming with cultural diversity and historical splendor.

Lifestyle: relaxing and the outdoor life

In no city can you escape the hustle and bustle as well as in The Hague. Thanks to the many parks and, for example, the lush greenery of the Haagse Bos, residents can take relaxing walks or enjoy nature. In addition, The Hague is located by the sea and boasts beautiful beaches. Find coziness in Scheveningen with its kilometers-long boulevard, or go for the more modest Zuiderstrand. Many locals find this one of the most beautiful parts of The Hague. Fancy a bite to eat and a drink? In the city center there is a diverse range of hospitality venues, so there is always something to suit your needs.

The Hague: a hub for expats

The Hague is an international city and here you will find a community that embraces diversity, making you feel right at home. English is widely spoken, and the city’s international environment makes for smooth communication. Join other expats, or find connection with the welcoming locals.

Living in The Hague means embracing the unexpected. From encountering hidden art galleries in quirky neighborhoods to discovering delicious local eateries. The city is full of surprises.

If you have questions about life as an expat in The Hague, we are happy to help. Drop us a line to find out more about our expat services in The Netherlands.

What should you look for when choosing a suitable neighbourhood?

In general, both Rotterdam and The Hague offer several neighbourhoods that suit the different needs and preferences of expats, ranging from bustling city centers to quiet residential areas with international amenities. It is important to assess or determine what your needs are as an expat. Life stage and lifestyle plays an important role in this.

Expat-friendly neighbourhoods in The Hague

The Hague has several areas that are attractive to expats, we have listed some popular ones.

Characterized by a wide range of restaurants and cafes, culture and city facilities. Right in the middle of the liveliness of The Hague. A car you park in the parking garage and for small pieces you grab your bike like the locals of course.

A chic neighbourhood with stately houses, tree-lined streets and an international atmosphere. Conveniently located downtown and international organizations. Also close to Scheveningen and the beach.

A child-friendly district with lots of greenery and spacious homes. Ideal for young families. A quiet neighbourhood that is easily accessible. As an expat looking for peace and quiet? Here you will be right at home.

Central area with lots of greenery and excellent accessibility thanks to good connections to the city center and the central station. Useful for expats who do not want to live in the city center, but do want to work in the center or elsewhere in the region. Thanks to good public transport connections, even cities such as Rotterdam, Delft, Leiden and Amsterdam are easily accessible.

Expat-friendly neighbourhoods in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is booming and therefore a popular city for expats to live in. But where in the city is the best place to live as an expat? We give some options.

For expats who love vibrant city life, the center of Rotterdam is the place to be. With theaters, restaurants, bars, stores and attractive residential areas such as Laurenskwartier and Witte de Withkwartier. West of the center near the Euromast, by the way, it is also great living. A little less crowded, but no less cozy.

This neighbourhood is part of the center, but still gets a special mention. This is the medieval heart of the city including the Old Harbour. Beautiful living with the city on the one hand and the water on the other.

Recently chosen in the top ten trendiest neighbourhoods in Europe to live in. It is described as a “working-class neighborhood with a cool, industrial feel.” You will find many high-rise buildings, trendy eateries, stores, cafes, as well as several museums and theaters.

Kop van Zuid
This trendy neighbourhood, located on the Maas, offers expats a unique mix of modern architecture, cultural highlights and breathtaking views. With the city center within walking distance, this is a popular spot among expats.

Hello Housing as your partner

We see things the way expats do; we think and reason like them. Hello Housing has an expat state of mind and is therefore your ideal partner in finding suitable housing for expats. We look beyond the property and include for example also the neighbourhood.

Do you have questions, want more information or need help with your expat issues? We are happy to share our knowledge and expertise about all the possibilities in The Hague and Rotterdam.

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Overview of various housing options

Many kinds of apartments are available on our website. Explore Hello Housing’s housing offerings for expats in our comprehensive guide. In our overview you can easily scroll through the offer or enter your wishes in filters. Choose from one or more bedrooms, aparking spot if needed and square footage, for example. The choice is up to you and the expat, but we are happy to assist you in this regard. Does our availability not yet fully meet your preferences? Please contact our office and we can always check if something else will become vacant!

Highlighting suitability for different expat needs

Not every expat is the same. Wishes and needs may be different because of various types of cultural backgrounds, for example. With years of experience and an expat state of mind, we think, look and reason like an expat. This allows us to provide excellent advice on all your expat issues. These can range from questions about the housing to questions about the neighbourhood and the support services available.

Advice on selecting the ideal home in The Hague and Rotterdam

Do you have questions, want more information or need help with your expat issues? We are happy to share our knowledge and expertise about all the possibilities in The Hague and Rotterdam.

Drop us a line to find out more about our expat services in The Netherlands.

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And last but not least, we wish everyone a great 2024 and hope to see you soon!

To continue to meet this growing demand, we have added as many as 22 homes to our portfolio in The Hague and Rotterdam in 2023.  All our apartments are completely furnished and decorated by ourselves in a fancy and homely Hello Housing look and feel and fully equipped.

Our latest project this year consists of three beautiful and completely restyled homes in De Rotterdam. Two of these apartments were already booked by one of our satisfied customers before the complete furnishings was even finished.

We will continue this growth next year, so keep following our channels and our site for the latest updates. If you also want to use our accommodations for your employees you can always contact us for more information and our availability.

In case you have any specific requests or requirements please let us know as well. We are happy to think along to find a proper solution and ensure your employees will have a smooth transfer to the Netherlands.

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  • How to go about finding a home for rent, what steps to take
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This evening the team of Hello Housing will be there to assist you to answer questions about housing or you can mingle with a drink and a snack and meet a diverse group of both housing professionals and newcomers to The Hague.

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Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag (Central Library The Hague)
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1. Plan Smart and Create a Checklist

Avoid stress and chaos by starting early with the planning of your move to the Netherlands. The summer months are popular, so make sure to arrange your transportation, accommodation, and other logistics well in advance. Create a detailed checklist of everything you need to take care of, from documents and visas to enrolling your children in school. With proper planning and an organized approach, your move will be smooth and hassle-free.

2. Explore Your New Neighborhood and Arrange Housing in Advance

Before setting foot in the Netherlands, it’s useful to explore your new neighborhood beforehand. Gather information about the amenities, public transportation, shops, schools, and other facilities in the area. This will help you make informed decisions and plan your new life. Also, ensure that you arrange your housing well in advance. Get in touch with Hello Housing to discuss available options and sign a lease agreement before your arrival. Hello Housing utilizes advanced digital platforms, allowing you to view an extensive housing portfolio at any time and from any location. No hassle, no stress, just convenience!

3. Learn the Language and Take Time to Settle

Although English is widely spoken in the Netherlands, we always recommend learning the basics of the Dutch language. This will be useful for your day-to-day communication and integration into the local community. Consider taking language courses before you depart or after your arrival in the Netherlands. Moving to a new country can be overwhelming, so give yourself and your family time to settle in. Engage in local activities, make new friends, and discover the Dutch culture.

The Netherlands is known for its hospitality and friendly residents. During the summer months, neighborhood parties, festivals, and other social events are often organized, providing opportunities to meet new people and integrate into the local community.

Feel welcome in the Netherlands and get ready for an unforgettable adventure for you and your family.


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It is quite difficult to move to a new country and have to figure out from abroad or directly upon arrival. You do not want to be bothered with choosing internet or arranging utilities. Especially if you don’t speak the language and don’t have an idea where to start. That’s why we take everything off your hands, so you can fully focus on your work and take your time to settle.