Visit The Peace Palace

See the International Court of The Hague

This elegant building has housed an international court of justice to settle disputes between sovereign nations worldwide for more than a century. Opened in 1913, the beautiful landmark was mostly funded by famed American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to promote world peace. To this day, the Carnegie Foundation is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and expansion of the building grounds.

Now the Peace Palace is home to important judicial bodies on the world stage, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague Academy of International Law, the Peace Palace Library, and the International Court of Justice. Along with its major function as a venue to settle important conflicts between countries, the International Court of Justice is now considered the principal judicial branch of the United Nations and an essential element of international diplomacy since World War II.

Info about the Peace Palace
Getting to & around
Videos about the International Court
Plan your visit to the Peace Palace

The Most Important Judicial Building in the World

The idea of the Peace Palace started with talks between Russian diplomat Friedrich Martens and American Andrew Dickson White, who persuaded Andrew Carnegie to fund its construction in 1901.  The palace was conceived as a home for the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a court created to end international conflict by the Hague Convention of 1899.

The foundation stone was laid during the Peace Conference of 1907, in which 44 countries participated. The building was designed by Dutch architect Louis Cordonnier, who was in attendance when it officially opened in August of 1913, within days of the start of The Great War. (see video)

Since then, the Peace Palace has been the venue for many important events, such as the Nuremberg trials, the Lockerbie bombing trial, the Kosovo advisory opinion, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal, the Chemical Weapons Convention and the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Getting To & Around The Palace Area (Vredespaleis)

How To Get To The Peace Palace

Of course, the NS Railway offers quick, convenient service from all points in the country, so this is the preferred method of travel. Once in town, trams 1 & 61 stop nearby, both readily available from the central station. Buses 24 & 28 serve the area as well.

Bus stop: Gravenhage, Vredespaleis

By car, take the A12 into town and turn left onto Zuid Hollandlaan, right onto Koningskade, left onto Laan Copes van Cattenburgh & left on Burgemeester van Karnebeeklaan. Visitors can’t park on the grounds, so park at the Museumkwartier lot (10 minutes walk) or book a space online from €15. You can also find on-street metered parking spaces in neighbouring streets (€5/2hrs).

Videos about the Peace Palace & the International Court

Plan your next visit to the Peace Palace

The International Court of The Hague is one of the most popular sites in the city – its historical significance, political importance, and central location make it a fascinating destination. Plan your visit mid-week in the afternoon; they’re closed Monday & Tuesday and do not open until noon. And don’t forget to explore nearby Sorghvliet Park, which features refreshing walking trails to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in history, politics, or simply want to soak in the beauty of the building, the Peace Palace is for you.