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.