Visitor Centre

Bezoekerscentrum ProDemos

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

Guided tours

All standard guided tours are conducted in Dutch.

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. For more information, please contact the Visitors Center of ProDemos by email: tours@prodemos.nl or telephone: 070-757 02 00.

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 Binnenhof150

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:

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ProDemos – House for Democracy and the Rule of Law
Hofweg 1-H
2511 AA The Hague
T: +31 (0)70 757 02 00
E: info@prodemos.nl