Huis voor democratie en rechtsstaat

Visitor Centre

bvv-rondleiding-01Due to the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, ProDemos has closed the Visitor Centre at the Hofweg, The Hague. Starting from mid July we offer a special tour to the Binnenhof and the Hall of Knights conform the RIVM guidelines.

The ProDemos Visitor Centre organises guided tours to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives. Also tours and programmes for groups are offered. In addition, you can turn to the Visitor Centre for self-guided tours with a booklet of political The Hague.

Please note: All visitors to the House of Representatives must be able to show valid identification.

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, ProDemos has closed the Visitor Centre at the Hofweg, The Hague. Starting from mid July we offer a special tour to the Binnenhof and the Hall of Knights conform the RIVM guidelines. Throughout the centuries the ‘Binnenhof’ (Inner Court)...

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Groups & Arrangements

Due to the measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, ProDemos has suspended its tours until Monday 11 July inclusive.  Are you looking for a special tour or event or do you have a request outside of the regular guided tours? We can offer tours, walks and a special...

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Contact information and directions

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 public holidays. Visitor Centre Hofweg 1 2511 AA The Hague Telephone no.: +31 (0)70 757 02 00 Email: info@prodemos.nl...

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