Grote Kerk Tours
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The Hague’s present redbrick Gothic-style Great Church (Sint-Jacobskerk) replaced a 13th-century wooden church that was destroyed by fire in 1539. Located on Torenstraat, which is named after the church’s six-sided bell tower, it is one of the oldest buildings in Den Haag and had become increasingly run down before extensive renovation work in the 1980s restored it to its former magnificence. It was in this church that many Dutch Royal baptisms took place; King Willem-Alexander was christened here, as was his daughter Catharina-Amalia.
The ornate bell tower is one of the tallest in Holland at 330 feet (100 m), and although it had a famous peal of bells that rang out across Den Haag from 1686 onwards, they disappeared during WWII and were replaced by a new carillon of 51 bells in 1951. The Grote Kerk has an airy vaulted interior, several important memorials and tombs, a decorative carved wooden pulpit and a massive organ dating from 1881. However its finest feature is the glittering stained-glass window sponsored by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who visited Den Haag after the original church burned down in 1539. He is depicted kneeling in prayer before the Virgin Mary.
The Grote Kerk is now deconsecrated and is used for a year-round succession of rock, pop, choral and classical concerts, trade fairs and exhibitions.
The Grote Kerk is open July and August Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm and during the public events that take place here throughout the year. There is plenty of public parking within walking distance of Torenstraat.
Address: Oude Groenmarkt 23, The Hague, Netherlands
Hours: July and August Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Grote Kerk
The Hague IS International City of Peace & Justice, you know! All for freedom and equity. So on this nearly 2 hour Freedom Inspiration Walk, leading you through some of the finest roads in The Hague we see and appreciate Peace & Justice, highlighting many forms of freedom: political freedom, financial freedom, artistical freedom, religious freedom, mental freedom, physical freedom! This we do connecting checkpoints: hints and stories; art, history and actuality; culture, nature, facts and metaphors. For courage, good mood, good energy, awareness, respect, inspiration.
Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Qula The Hague City Trail will guide you along the best spots in The Hague, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more). The Qula City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
Мы посетим с вами самые важные места для всего Королевства! Узнаем куда и когда приезжает король на золотой карете, где он живёт и где принимаются важные юридические решения всего мира, попробуем голланский сыр и настоящую селёдку матиас.
Do as the locals do, and hop on a set of wheels for an active bicycle tour around The Hague. This tour will keep you busy and biking for about 3 hours. One of our local guides from The Hague will take you around town for you to see the most beautiful and interesting sights the city has to offer.
I am going to take u back in time, where The Hague was founded. What is the history of the Netherlands, and what role did The Hague have in the history. How did the Dutch royal family came to power and what role do they play in current Holland. These and other stories will be told during the walking tour. The Hague is beautifull and rich in history. A lot of the landmarks are still here. With a guided walking tour u not only know the story behind the buildings but also what the function is today. History of The Hague is Dutch history and I would love to tell u all about it. We walk with small or private groups to have some interaction and flexibilty in the tour. I like to adjust the tour according to the group. I also arrange water and some snacks to have a great morning or afternoon.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Grote Kerk hours of operation?
Grote Kerk hours of operation: July and August Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Grote Kerk?
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