City of Royals
The special connection with our Royal Family is apparent all over town. The many palaces with their rich history are a testament to this. The Lange Voorhout Palace is situated a stone's throw away from Hotel Des Indes, and if you walk down the Lange Voorhout avenue in search of the Noordeinde Palace, you will first stumble upon a hidden historic jewel: the Kneuterdijk Palace.
In the Great Church, which rises high above the Hague with its hexagonal steeple, members of the royal family were wed, and princes and princesses were baptized. In the Palace Gardens, you can view art, practice yoga or enjoy a picnic.
It was William II who had the Gothic hall built as an annex, meant to house his extensive collection of paintings. This Hall was also used for wedding ceremonies and worship services.
Now the Gothic Hall is a small concert hall, where shows are regularly performed. At this moment the Supreme Administrative Court uses Kneuterdijk Palace. The Supreme Administrative Court is an advisory body of the government and also of the highest administrative Court in The Netherlands.
Because the Noordeinde Palace serves as working quarters, it is generally not open to the public, except for a few days during the summer. However, it is possible to visit the elegant Palace Gardens, which are situated between the Royal palace, the Royal Stables and the Royal Archives. The Palace Gardens are an ideal spot to enjoy a delicious picnic and from May to September yoga classes are offered here on Sunday mornings.
Since 2017 it is possible to walk the seven paths of the classic labyrinth, which is delineated by stones. There are two entrances to the garden, located on Prinsessewal and Prinsestraat. The garden has open free access from sunrise to sunset, and you can enjoy beautiful lawns, romantic flowerbeds, art objects, ponds and old majestic trees.
The hexagonal steeple is 92.5 meters (303 ft) high and has served as a landmark for lost travelers. The tower also proved to be useful for the timely spotting of dangers that could threaten the city. Another feature was that of a fire observation post, where tower guards watched over The Hague while the city lay asleep.
A tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 13.00 and 15.00 hours. During the ascent of the 288 steps, the guide will occasionally pause to let you catch your breath and share some facts and anecdotes with you. Once you have reached the top you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city.