The 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.
All standard guided tours are conducted in Dutch or English.
On the Dutch-spoken tours, we provide for our individual foreign guests:
- an audioguide for the film (available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian)
- a handout for the visit to the buildings (available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian AND in Chinese, Japanese and Russian)
Please select your preferred audioguide and handout languages when you book your tour online.
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:
- A programme for international professionals
- Town walks, such as the Constitution walk and Dutch politics and history
For more information, contact Olga de Rooy
About 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’.
The oldest buildings at the Binnenhof were built in the early 13th 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
- English: Information about the buildings of the ‘Binnenhof’
- Deutsch: Informationen zu den Gebäuden am ‘Binnenhof’
- Français: Information sur les bâtiments du ‘Binnenhof’
- Español: Información sobre los edificios del ‘Binnenhof’
- Italiano: Informazioni sulle costruzioni degli ‘Binnenhof’
- Nederlands: Informatie over de gebouwen van het Binnenhof
The Binnenhof (also in German, French, Italian and Spanish)
A 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:
- Deutsch: diese Publikation bestellen (oder lesen Sie den pdf: Der Binnenhof)
- Français: commander cette publication (ou lisez-vous le pdf: Le Binnenhof)
- Italian: ordinare questa pubblicazione (o leggere la pdf: Il Binnenhof)
- Spanish: solicitar esta publicación (o leer el El Binnenhof)
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