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Noordeinde Palace (Paleis Noordeinde)
Noordeinde Palace (Paleis Noordeinde)

Noordeinde Palace (Paleis Noordeinde)

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Noordeinde 68, The Hague, South Holland, 2514

The Basics

Jacob van Campen, the 17th-century Dutch architect who built the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) in Amsterdam, had a hand in developing Noordeinde Palace’s Renaissance style. He created the H-shaped building seen today, along with many of the building’s serene, classical attributes, such as the equestrian statue in the courtyard, a tribute to William of Orange. The palace itself is closed to the public, but the gardens are open and free for those who want to explore.

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Things to Know Before you Go

  • Noordeinde Palace is a must-visit for architecture and history fans.

  • Bring an umbrella or sun protection depending on when you visit.

  • The gardens around the palace are wheelchair-accessible.

  • The palace gardens are free for all to visit.

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When to Get There

While the palace itself is off limits, the gardens are open to the public and can be explored independently or as part of a tour. They’re open from sunrise to sunset and generally aren’t too crowded; just bring an umbrella if you’re visiting outside of the summertime as rain is common in The Hague.

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How to Get There

The palace is located right in the heart of The Hague, about a 20-minute walk from The Hague Central Station. The nearest tram stop (for line number 1) is at Kneuterdijk, about two blocks away; bus numbers 22, 24, and 28 also stop here.

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King Willem-Alexander

The palace holds the offices of the current monarch of the Netherlands, William-Alexander, the son of Princess Beatrix (whom he succeeded after her abdication in 2013). His main roles involve meeting with government officials, signing documents, and acting as a figurehead at various functions. However, as the Netherlands is a democracy, his role is largely ceremonial.

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