Visit A Dutch Royal Palace

History Comes Alive at Het Hoordeinde Palace (The Royal Palace) & Huis Ten Bosch (The Royal Residence)

Welcome To The Historic Noordeinde Palace

Noordeinde Palace is the official workplace of King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and their essential staff – it’s one of three royal residences in The Netherlands

The palace originated as a medieval farmhouse in 1533 on a street called Int Nortende (now: Noordeinde, meaning in the North End). Over the next hundred years it was expanded into a fine family estate for the son of Willem of Orange, Frederik Hendrik.

Frederik Hendrik enlarged the house dramatically, known then as the Oude Hof (Old Court). After his death it wasn’t until 1813 that the Oude Hof became a palace again, when Prince Willem Frederik of Orange-Nassau (later King Willem I) returned to the Netherlands after the French occupation. He renamed the palace Noordeinde and it was a royal residence continuously until the turn of the century.

Since then, Noordeinde Palace has been mainly used as a workplace for the monarchs and their staff, and as an event space for royal weddings, funerals, and state visits.

Within Het Noordeinde – A Look Inside A Dutch Royal Palace

Your Visit To Huis Ten Bosch

A Brief History Of The House In The Woods

Het Huis ten Bosch (Literally: “The House in the Woods”) is a royal palace in the The Hague.  As one of three official residences of the Dutch monarchy; it has been the main residence for King Willem-Alexander and his family since January of 2019.

Huis ten Bosch was originally built as a summer residence for the wife of a Dutch nobleman in 1645.   After his death, his widow commissioned a famous collection of portraits, murals, and artwork to honor him, still on display. Later, the palace was sold to the Nassau Family and expanded with two side wings and a new dining room. After the Batavian Revolution in 1795, it became the property of the Dutch people where it hosted the Dutch National Art Gallery until 1805. Then Napoleon’s brother, King Louis of Holland, took it over for several years until his ouster.  After that it was a state house and meeting complex, hosting the First World Peace Conference in 1899.

The palace was abandoned by the royal family during the Second World War and fell into disrepair afterwards even as Princess Juliana lived there occassionally in the 50s and 60s. It underwent a major restoration in 1977 so that Queen Beatrix could live there in 1981. She left after her abdication in 2014 and the royal family moved in three years later after further modernization.

Palace Front View with Reflecting Pond

Within Huis Ten Bosch – A Look Inside a Royal Residence

Getting To Noordeinde Palace & Huis Ten Bosch

How To Get To Noordeinde Palace

Noordeinde Palace: From Den Haag Centraal take the #17 tram or the line #24 bus and exit at Kneuterdijk, and from there it’s a five-minute walk to the palace. By bike: cycle along this route for seven minutes for about 2km. If you must go by car head west from the main train station on Rijnstraat for 120m, then left on S100 to Korte Voorhout/LF Midden and follow the tramline as the road becomes Tournooiveld, then Lange Vijverbrug. Continue on the tramline barring right on Kneuterdijk then a block or two and finally left on Parkstraat and follow the signs to the parking lot.

How To Get To Huis Ten Bosch

Huis Ten Bosch: From Den Haag Centraal take the #9 tram or the line #22 bus and exit at the Madurodam, it’s a five-minute walk to the palace.  By bike, the healthy and eco-friendly option is a 10-minute cycle along Bezuidenhoutseweg, which has a dedicated bike lane, for about 3 km and park on the forest edge in the racks provided. If you must go by car, take the A12 motorway and exit at Bezuidenhoutseweg, it’s only 3 km from the central station and you can park on the street surrounding the forest.

Videos about the Royal Dutch Palaces

Het Noordeinde Palace

Huis Ten Bosch