Visiting The Binnenhof

Enter The Inner Court Of The Hague

The Binnenhof is a historic complex of buildings located in the heart of The Hague, Netherlands. It is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city and holds great historical and political significance.

Wander around the historic courtyard and enjoy the old Dutch architectural style and the beautiful surrounding, while enjoying a tasty portion of ‘kibbeling’ (deep-fried battered cod pieces) available right at the east entrance. You might see a Dutch government official riding its bike to the office!

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The Stately Heart Of The Dutch Government

A Brief History Of The Binnenhof

The Binnenhof (Inner Court) boasts a rich history that dates back to the 13th century. Originally built as a hunting lodge for the Counts of Holland, it later became the official residence of the Dutch royal family. Over the centuries, it has undergone numerous renovations and expansions, resulting in the impressive complex we see today.

In its current day function, the Binnenhof serves as the political center of the Netherlands. It houses the Dutch Parliament, known as the States General, as well as the office of the Prime Minister. The complex is also home to various government ministries and administrative offices.

Getting To & Around The Binnenhof

How To Get To The Binnenhof

To visit the Binnenhof, there are several options available. If you’re traveling by car, there are parking facilities nearby, such as the Plein and Malieveld parking garages. However, it’s worth noting that parking can be limited, especially during peak tourist seasons. Alternatively, public transport is a convenient and eco-friendly option. The Hague Central Station is located within walking distance of the Binnenhof, making it easily accessible by train. Additionally, there are several tram and bus lines that stop nearby, providing easy access for visitors.

Sights Around The Inner Court

While exploring the Binnenhof, you’ll find yourself surrounded by other notable sights of interest. Just a short walk away is the Mauritshuis, a world-renowned art museum that houses masterpieces by Dutch painters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt. The Peace Palace, an international symbol of peace and justice, is also within close proximity. Its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens make it a must-visit attraction.

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Plan your next visit to the Binnenhof

A visit to the Binnenhof is a must for any tourist in The Hague. Its historical significance, political importance, and central location make it a fascinating destination. And don’t forget to explore the nearby Buitenhof, which features a picturesque pond with a charming fountain. Whether you’re interested in history, politics, or simply want to soak in the beauty of the area, the Binnenhof and its surrounding offer something for everyone.

The nearby ProDemos Visitor Centre organises guided tours through the Binnenhof. Visiting requires online registration with a valid ID and costs €6 per person.