Binnenhof : Michelin's recommendations
This place is democratic Holland's centre of political process. The Binnenhof visitors' centre is the departure point for a guided tour that takes in the Knights' Chamber (Ridderzaal) and one of the two general Chambers of the Dutch States. Completed in 1280, the Ridderzaal must originally have served as a banqueting hall for William II of Holland. Nowadays it is used when the members of the two Chambers gather together to hear the Queen's annual address. The room is situated in an extension of the former castle and looks somewhat like a church. The facade has a pointed gable flanked by two towers, and inside the hall is roofed with a timber vault, its beams fully visible. The Eerste Kamer (First Chamber) is in the former Chamber of the States of Holland and Western Friesland (17th Century). Situated in the north wing of the "Stathouder Quarter", it has a covered gallery alongside it. Since 1848, the Eerste Kamer has been the session room of the First Chamber (Senate). Two pupils of Rubens painted its Baroque wooden ceiling: A. de Haan and N. Wielingh. The Trêveszaal (Room of Truces) is where the Council of Ministers sits and is inaccessible to the public. It was decorated in the Louis XIV style by D. Marot. The Tweede Kamer (Second Chamber), a former ballroom in the Louis XVI style, is overlooked by a balcony and several boxes. Members of Parliament, who met there until 1992, are now accommodated in modern buildings designed by Pi de Bruijn.
Opening hours :
- interior of the Parliament buildings (depending on the agenda) and Ridderzaal: 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm