Visitor Centre

Bezoekerscentrum ProDemosThe ProDemos Visitor Centre organises guided tours to the Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights), the Dutch Senate and House of Representatives. In addition, you can turn to the Visitor Centre for guided tours with a booklet of political The Hague.

Guided tours

All standard guided tours are conducted in Dutch or Engelish.

On the Dutch-spoken tours we provide for our individual foreign guests both an audioguide for the film and a handout for the visit to the buildings in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian. Handouts, but not audioguides, are also available in Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Please select your preferred audioguide and handout languages when you book your tour online.

Reservations

We recommend that you make your reservations in advance. Reservations can be made through our online reservation system (click the English flag in the right upper corner).

For groups of 20 to 50 guests, private tours conducted in English can be arranged. Do you have a request outside of the regular guided tours? We would like to think along about the possibilities, for example:

olgaderooyFor more information, contact Olga de Rooy
E-Mail: opmaat@prodemos.nl
Telephone: 070-7570285

 

 

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 thirteenth 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.

Read information about the buildings of the Binnenhof, in

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:

For students

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Are you a student and would you like to know more about Dutch politics? Want to have a look around in the House of Representatives and the Hall of Knights? See more of the Binnenhof? Then our special program for students is right up your alley. After an English spoken...

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Guided tours

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Through the centuries, The Hague’s Binnenhof has always been the heart of Dutch politics – a role that it fulfils to this very day. And the focal point of the square itself is undoubtedly the Ridderzaal. ProDemos organises guided tours through the Ridderzaal and/or the Dutch Senate and/or the House...

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Town walk: the Constitution Walk

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Besides offering guided tours of the buildings that line the Binnenhof, the ProDemos Visitor Centre also organise a city walk that takes you along The Hague’s political hotspots: the Constitution Walk. The Hague: the Constitution Walk A walk through the history of the Dutch Constitution in The Hague’s city centre...

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Town walk: Dutch politics and history

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During the town walk Dutch politics and history you’ll get to know the history of the city of The Hague, the royal family and their palaces. You will pass the  highlights of Dutch politics and some of the most beautiful sites of the city. More information City walks are offered upon...

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Custom programme for international professionals

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Introduction to Dutch politics All you ever wanted to know about Dutch political culture. Our presentation and tour have been designed specially for international professionals who are interested in the system of governance in the Netherlands. We offer an engaging introduction to the political system, as well as a glimpse...

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Hall rent

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ProDemos Binnenhof has a number of halls on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the building on Hofweg 1h, above Café Brasserie Dudok. Many of these rooms offer a splendid view of the buildings that line the Binnenhof. The halls can accommodate groups of 15 to 70 people. On...

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Contact information and directions

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The Visitor Centre is open Monday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Centre is closed during public holidays. Visitor Centre Hofweg 1 2511 AA The Hague Telephone no.: +31 (0)70 757 02 00 Email: bezoekerscentrum@prodemos.nl By car If you would like to visit the Binnenhof by car,...

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