"Het Binnenhof ? Former hunting residence." Governmental The Hague Tip by Jerelis

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  Binnenhof and the Knights' Hall.
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      Binnenhof and the Knights' Hall.
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      Look over the former hunting residence.
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      The Dutch lion!
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      Can't get enough of it.
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The city of The Hague was originated around 1230, at this time Floris IV, Count of Holland purchased land alongside a pond (now called the Hofvijver) in order to build a hunting residence. In 1248 William II, Count of Holland, decided to extend the residence to a palace. He died in 1256 before this palace was completed, but parts of it were finished by his son Floris V, of which the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), still extant, is the most prominent. It is still used for political events, such as the annual speech from the throne by the monarch. From the 13th century on the counts of Holland used The Hague as their administrative centre and residence when in Holland.

With 20 million visitors a year, this part of the city exudes an elegant and international atmosphere. Being right at the square inside the Binnenhof makes you witness the elegancy and historical magnificence of the Binnenhof. It always makes me humble whenever I look at the beautiful buildings that surround me.

Address: Binnenhof, 2513 AA The Hague.
Directions: Right at the city center, situated between Paleis Noordeinde and Central Station. Trams 10, 16, 17 to Buitenhof.
Phone: +31 (070) 364 61 44
Website: http://www.binnenhofbezoek.nl/

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