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Binnenhof, in The Hague

Binnenhof is the Dutch voice for “inner court?, and is also the name of a set of buildings of the city of The Hague that, from 1446, has been the place of meeting of the Dutch Parliament. During many centuries, this it has been the political center of the region.

The history of the lands in which the Binnenhof was constructed initiates in 1229, year in which they were acquired by Count Floris IV of Holland. There it constructed his mansion in the neighborhoods of the lake that received the name of Hofvijver, or Spring of the Court, in century XIII.

Around this first construction many other structures rose. The most known they are the Room of the Horsemen (or Ridderzaal), where the queen of Holland gives her annual speech.

On the other hand, the well-known one like Small Tower (het Torentje), located just next to the Mauritshuis museum, is one of so many that are elevated in the complex. From 1982, it is the official office of Prime minister of the Netherlands.

Besides the magnificent monuments that occupy the terrain, the green spaces are another one of the remarkable characteristics of Binnenhof. All of them are open to the public, and are site of meeting of the inhabitants of The Hague, especially during the afternoons of summer.

They emphasize in these parks the neogothic source in golden color that was located in the main place. Several equestrian statues of king William II are in front of the Fore door, dated in the 1600.

The most modern building of all this joint is located in the South part. From 1992 it corresponds to the Tweede Kamer, the House of Representatives of the Dutch legislature.

Practical information

  • Schedules: of Monday to Saturday, 10 to 16 hs.
  • How to arrive: in train, lines 2, 3, 6 and 10, Spui shutdown. Thence, it takes 5 minutes on foot following the indications “Binnenhof?.

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