The Hague is a royal city with a high feel-good factor. After all, you might spontaneously encounter members of the Royal Family on the street or in one of 'their' stores. You'll also stumble upon the House of Orange; the many historical monuments, the presence of residential and working palaces, royal thoroughfares and horse-drawn coaches.
Visit the Palace Garden
A royal The Hague naturally also includes a royal garden. Hidden between Noordeinde Palace, the Royal Stables and the Royal Archives is the Palace Garden. Open to the public, but unknown to the general public. A stroll along the flower lawns, ponds and old trees gives you a taste of the atmosphere of long ago, the time of princes and princesses.
History Palace Garden
Frederik Hendrik, son of William of Orange, had the Palace Garden laid out at the beginning of the seventeenth century for his mother, Louise de Coligny. The park was then called the 'Princess Garden' and was full of romantic flower beds, ponds and fountains and marble statues.
The Ridderzaal on the Binnenhof
The Ridderzaal on the Binnenhof was built in the Middle Ages (13th century). Originally as a party palace for the count's court. This expressed status. It is part of the oldest buildings of the Binnenhof and therefore of The Hague. It was built in Gothic style, a style that you don't see much of in the city. The Ridderzaal is now better known as a hall where the Speech from the Throne is read by the king and where Olympic athletes receive their royal decoration.
The Royal Waiting Room at Hollands Spoor station
When the royal family arrives at the station, they enter through the entrance at Stationsplein. The Royal Waiting Room is located in the left-hand part of the station building, and extends along the platform. The entrance to the Royal Waiting Room consists of a large staircase with terrazzo floors and three stained glass windows. In the windows are personifications of the cities of the HIJSM: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
The Royal Stables
In the Royal Stables in The Hague are several carriages of the Royal House. Also here are the horses that pull the carriages. The Royal Stables belong to the Noordeinde Palace. The special stables in eclectic style were designed in the 19th century by H.P. Bird. The Royal Stables are occasionally opened to the public in the summer.
Huis ten Bosch Palace
Huis ten Bosch Palace was built in 1645 as a summer residence for Stadtholder Prince Frederik Hendrik and his wife Princess Amalia. After the invasion of the French in 1795, the house became a national property and several members of the royal family have lived here. After the palace was severely damaged during the Second World War, it has been completely renovated. Until 2014 Huis ten Bosch was the residence of Queen Beatrix. Since January 2019, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their three daughters have lived in Huis ten Bosch Palace.
Palace Huis ten Bosch
Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague has been the residential palace of the Dutch Royal Family since 1981. The palace is located in the Haagse Bos forest. The palace is one of three official residences of the Royal Family, the other two being Noordeinde Palace in The Hague and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
Huis ten Bosch Palace was until 2014 the home of Princess Beatrix. It was made available to then Queen Beatrix in 1981. In january 2019 King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and their three daughters moved to the palace. Rumour has it that the palace pond is where Willem Alexander proposed to Maxima on the ice in 2001. His great-grandmother, Queen Wilhelmina, also skated here as a young Queen.
Kneuterdijk Palace is without doubt one of the most unknown gems in the historic city center of The Hague. You walk right past it. Designed in 1717 by the famous French architect Daniël Marot, the city palace was given a royal touch in 1816 with the residence of William II and his wife Anna Pavlovna. King Willem III also lived there and Princess Juliana held office there. Today, the Council of State is housed in the former city palace, and musical performances are regularly given in the beautiful Gothic Hall.
Purveyors to the Court
In 1814, King William I was the first to grant the title purveyor to the royal household. Court suppliers were originally companies that supplied the court. That requirement later expired. Also deserving companies that had no connection with the Court could now become suppliers to the court. However, they had to exist for at least 100 years. It will come as no surprise that The Hague had and still has a relatively large number of suppliers to the Royal Court.·
Eduard Pelger B.V.
Hoogstraat 16, 2513 AR The Hague.
Fish processing Jac. Den Dulk & Zonen B.V.
Vissershavenweg 27, 2583 DJ The Hague
BV Bookshop v/h W.J. from Hoogstraten
Noordeinde 98, 2514 GM The Hague
Stamp trade G. Keizer & Son B.V.
Passage 25-27, 2511 AB The Hague
André Kerstens B.V. wine buyer
Kazernestraat 112, 2514 CW The Hague
P.W. Akkerman B.V. fountain pen specialist
Passage 15, 2511 AB The Hague
Place 26, 2513 AE The Hague
Butcher's Dungelmann B.V
Hoogstraat 34, 2513AS The Hague
Drugstore G. J. R. van der Gaag and Son
Daily Groenmarkt 27, 2513 AL The Hague
Florists Alpina B.V.
Kneuterdijk 9, 2514 EM The Hague
Bookstore Van Stockum
Spui 40, 2511 BS The Hague
A royal walk
Tip: discover everything about The Hague with the Royal Walking Tour or the Royal Wheelchair Tour. The walking route contains audio fragments. Great to do with the kids!