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Binnenhof

Walk in the footsteps of Dutch kings and prime ministers who have used this complex as a governmental center since the 15th century. The complex still houses the Dutch parliament.

Take a tour of the collection of buildings and open spaces called Binnenhof to see inside the official chambers of the Dutch government. Before you enter, view the complex from across the Hofvijver (Royal Pond). Look for the Dutch prime minister’s hexagonal office called Het Torentje (The Little Tower). 

Binnenhof (Inner Court) was built in the 13th century and was originally a residence for the Dutch count Floris IV and his son William II. In 1446 Dutch rulers decided that the complex was a perfect place in which to house the parliament. Since then, except for a short period in the early 19th century, the buildings have been the center of Dutch politics. At Binnenhof, you may spot a minister on a bike, because even prominent Dutch politicians like cycling to work.

See how the large equestrian statue of King William II seems to guard the Stadtholder’s Gate, the main entrance. Inside, walk around the neo-Gothic fountain in the public courtyard. Your eyes will be immediately drawn to the central Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), a former ballroom. This 13th-century structure has two tall towers on either side of a pointed roof. From the Ridderzaal the Dutch king gives his annual address to the nation during Prinsjesdag (Princes’ Day), on the third Tuesday of September.

To step inside the buildings you will need to join one of the daily tours, which includes a short video on the history of the Binnenhof and then a visit to the Ridderzaal. On selected days, some tours also include the Senate or the House of Representatives. It’s recommended that you book the tour in advance.

Binnenhof is located in the center of The Hague and is regularly serviced by trams. The courtyard is always open to the public, except during special ceremonial events, when the whole complex is closed. There is a fee for the guided tours, which are held in English on Sundays. There are also audio guides and brochures provided in English. Ask the receptionist at the ProDemos Visitors Center about the tour schedule.

How about making your visit to Binnenhof even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try out one or two of these things to do:

When organizing your visit, you may want to consider purchasing a The Best of Holland Full-Day Trip departing from Amsterdam or a Rotterdam, Delft & The Hague incl. Madurodam Day Trip.

For even more activities, examine our The Hague things to do page.


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Hotel Hague Center ¥4,409
Hotel Hague Center

Hotel Hague Center

Wagenstraat 127-129, The Hague
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in The Hague Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grote Kerk Den Haag and Binnenhof. Noordeinde Palace and Mauritshuis are also within 15 minutes. The Hague HS Station is 9 minutes by foot and The Hague Central Station is 15 minutes.

    Babylon Hotel Den Haag ¥8,805
    Babylon Hotel Den Haag

    Babylon Hotel Den Haag

    Bezuidenhoutseweg 53, The Hague
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of The Hague, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Escher Museum, Lange Voorhout, and Binnenhof. Noordeinde Palace and Panorama Mesdag are also within 1 mi (2 km). The Hague Central Station is 10 minutes by foot and The Hague Laan van NOI Station is 22 minutes.

      Mercure City Den Haag Central Hotel ¥8,045
      Mercure City Den Haag Central Hotel

      Mercure City Den Haag Central Hotel

      Spui 180, The Hague
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in The Hague Center, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Theater aan het Spui and Stadhuis. Binnenhof and De Passage are also within 10 minutes. The Hague HS Station is 10 minutes by foot and The Hague Central Station is 12 minutes.

        Hotel Des Indes ¥15,194
        Hotel Des Indes

        Hotel Des Indes

        Lange Voorhout 54-56, The Hague, South Holland
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in The Hague Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Lange Voorhout and Escher Museum. Binnenhof and Noordeinde Palace are also within 10 minutes. The Hague Central Station is 18 minutes by foot and The Hague HS Station is 23 minutes.

          Holiday Inn Express The Hague - Parliament ¥6,943
          Holiday Inn Express The Hague - Parliament

          Holiday Inn Express The Hague - Parliament

          Lange Houtstraat 5, The Hague
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in The Hague Center, this hotel is steps from Plein and Mauritshuis. Escher Museum and Binnenhof are also within 5 minutes. The Hague Central Station is 15 minutes by foot and The Hague HS Station is 18 minutes.

            Novotel Den Haag City Centre ¥9,147
            Novotel Den Haag City Centre

            Novotel Den Haag City Centre

            Hofweg 5-7, The Hague
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in The Hague Center, this hotel is steps from De Passage and Binnenhof. Noordeinde Palace and Escher Museum are also within 10 minutes. The Hague HS Station is 16 minutes by foot and The Hague Central Station is 17 minutes.

              Best Western Plus Plaza Den Haag City Center ¥8,155
              Best Western Plus Plaza Den Haag City Center

              Best Western Plus Plaza Den Haag City Center

              Grote Marktstraat 36-40, The Hague
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in The Hague Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of De Passage, Binnenhof, and Mauritshuis. Escher Museum and Noordeinde Palace are also within 15 minutes. The Hague HS Station is 13 minutes by foot and The Hague Central Station is 17 minutes.

                ibis Den Haag City Centre ¥6,282
                ibis Den Haag City Centre

                ibis Den Haag City Centre

                Jan Hendrikstraat 10, The Hague
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in The Hague Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grote Kerk Den Haag, Noordeinde Palace, and Binnenhof. Escher Museum and Panorama Mesdag are also within 15 minutes. The Hague HS Station is 18 minutes by foot and The Hague Central Station is 23 minutes.