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  Entrance to the Binnenhof from the Buitenhof side
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This was surely the highlight of my daytrip to Den Haag:

The Binnehof is a medieval complex of many buildings where most of the Netherlands' political life takes place. Both parliament chambers (eerste en tweede kamer) as well as many government offices can be found here. In the center of the Binnenhof is the Ridderzaal, the oldest part of the complex where different events take place - the most popular is the Prinsjesdag, the day when the Queen presents the government's plans for the next year. The Binnenhof contains also a memorial stone to remember the execution of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt.

In the basement of the Ridderzaal, you will find a visitor's center. For only 6 ? you will get a movie about the history of the Netherlands (with focus on the royal family) and a guided tour to the Ridderzaal and one of the two chambers. The guided tour is excellent and you have the chance to ask whatever you want about the Binnenhof and dutch politics. This tour is the only chance to visit Ridderzaal and the parliament buildings.

Directions: The Binnenhof is found in the east of the old city center, between Buitenhof and the Plein.
Website: http://www.binnenhofbezoek.nl

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  • Written Sep 13, 2005
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