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About The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof (Inner Court) is a square in The Hague city centre. At its centre, one finds the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) and the square is lined by parliament buildings and government buildings. The square forms the very heart of Dutch government.

This is where the House of Representatives meets, where the Prime Minister works and where the Ministers hold their weekly consultations. Once a year, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in the Ridderzaal in a Joint Session of the States General. This session takes place on the third Tuesday of September, i.e. Prinsjesdag (Prince’s Day). It’s also known as ‘Budget Day’, on which day the Dutch head of state presents the government’s plans for the coming year in the ‘King’s Speech’.

Foto: Roel Wijnants

The oldest buildings at the Binnenhof were built in the early 13th century and so have seen quite a few residents come and go. From counts, Stadtholders and Louis Napoleon to the Reichskommissar Seyss-Inquart during the German occupation of the Netherlands.

ProDemos’ Visitor Centre can take you on a tour of the buildings that surround the Binnenhof, or on a politically or historically themed walk around The Hague’s city centre.

Further reading:

The Binnenhof (also in German, French, Italian and Spanish)

The Binnenhof150

A publication about the history of the Binnenhof and its governmental buildings, such as the Senate and the House of Representatives, the Hall of Knights and many other historic places. The booklet is available at the ProDemos Visitor Centre for € 2,50, but can also be ordered online.

If you prefer to read it online, please download the pdf file:  The Binnenhof.

This publication is also available in:

People during a guided tour around the Binnenhof

Guided tours

Throughout the centuries the ‘Binnenhof’ (Inner Court) has been the centre of political life in the Netherlands. Dominating the Binnenhof is the Hall of Knights. From the Hall of Knights it is just a few steps to the Dutch Parliamentary buildings. ProDemos – House for Democracy and the Rule of...

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Contact information and directions

Visitor Centre Hofweg 1 2511 AA The Hague Telephone no.: +31 (0)70 757 02 00 Email: Opening hours Visitor Centre ProDemos Monday: 9.00 – 17.00 Tuesday: 9.00 – 17.00 Wednesday: 9.00 – 17.00 Thursday: 9.00 – 17.00 Friday: 9.00 – 17.00 Saturday: 9.00 – 17.00 Sunday: closed By car...

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