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Visitor Centre

bvv-rondleiding-01Due to corona measures, ProDemos is closed to visitors until 20 December. 

When we re-open, you can join our guided walk (in English) on Wednesdays and Saturdays: ‘The Binnenhof and its surroundings’.

You can also visit our photo exhibition about 50 years of protests in The Hague (in Dutch). Entrance is free.

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’.

Ridderzaal
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 Binnenhof150A 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:

Guided tours

Due to the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, our Visitor Centre is closed until 20 December 2020.  When we re-open you can join our guided walk in English: “The Binnenhof and its surroundings” on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Please ignore the information below, since this pertains to a...

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Groups & Arrangements

Due to the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, our Visitor Centre is closed until 20 December. When we re-open you can join the guided walk ‘The Binnenhof and it’s surroundings’ Please ignore the information below, as it pertains to a situation without corona measures. Are you looking...

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Contact information and directions

Due to the measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, our Visitor Centre is closed until 20 December. The Visitor Centre is open Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m, and on Saturday between 9:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m. The Centre is closed on Sundays and during...

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