1. 1. Escher in the Palace

    The former palace function can still be experienced in this museum.
  2. 2. Hotel Des Indes

    Step inside this former palace where many monarchs have slept.
  3. 3. Lange Voorhout

    An avenue with royal allure: imagine the carriages that used to drive out from here...
  4. 4. House Huguetan

    This town palace from 1734 served several kings as temporary residence.
  5. 5. Cloister Church

    Did you know that Princess Beatrix sometimes visited the service on Sundays?
  6. 6. Kneuterdijk Palace

    Once King William II lived here, now it's home to the Council of State.
  7. 7. Palace Noordeinde

    The working palace of the king has a long history.
  8. 8. HM the King receives ambassadors' letters of credence

    On Wednesday, you can regularly witness a royal ceremony here.
  9. 9. Gothic Hall

    Once built for the paintings of Willem II, it is now a concert hall.
  10. 10. De Salon van Fagel Restaurant and B&B

    Pay attention: this former urban palace still has many of its original details.
  11. 11. Royal Stables

    Behind these walls you'll find the carriages of the House of Orange, as well as the Glass Carriage.
  12. 12. Palace Garden

    Admire the Royal House Archives and the palace - or, why not, have a picnic here.
  13. 13. Prinsestraat

    Named after William II and now a beloved shopping street in the Court Quarter.
  14. 14. Big Church

    Royal marriages are blessed here, as well as princes and princesses being christened.
  15. 15. Gallery Prince William V

    In 1773, Prince William V was responsible for the construction of this wonderful building: Holland's first museum.
  16. 16. Prison Gate Museum

    This gate once connected the court area with the village behind it.
  17. 17. Inner Court - Hall of Knights

    This has been the seat of Dutch politics for centuries.
  18. 18. Mauritshuis

    Built in 1633 for Count Johan Maurits and now a famous museum.
  19. 19. Plein

    Did you know that this lovely square was once a ducal (vegetable) garden?
  20. 20. The King's Office

    In this 17th-century house the King is assisted in the performance of his duties.
  21. 21. The Hague Historical Museum

    Want to know more about the history of The Hague? Then this is the place!
  22. 22. Hofvijver

    The route ends here with the view of the Binnenhof and The Hague's skyline.

A Royal Walk

The Hague and the House of Orange, go hand in hand. And it's been that way for more than four hundred years. This city walk is ideal for discovering the rich royal history of The Hague. The route takes you past the many palaces, historic monuments and beautiful palace gardens in the city centre. Wander through The Hague and feel like a king!

  1. We advise you to switch on the GPS on your phone, so that your location shows up in the full-screen map. Various locations on this route are marked with an information tile on the street.
    • The starting point of this route is located at the Lange Voorhout lane in the city centre of The Hague. If you are by car, you can use parking Museumkwartier, or parking Malieveld.
    • Traveling by tram, you can take tram 1 or 9 in the direction of Scheveningen beach from either Central Station or Hollands Spoor. You can also walk from the Central Station in The Hague: a ten-minute walk via Koningskade and Korte Voorhout to the Lange Voorhout
  2. 1. Escher in the Palace

    The former palace function can still be experienced in this museum.
    • Walk over to the striking yellow building right across from the museum, the chic Hotel Des Indes.
  3. 2. Hotel Des Indes

    Step inside this former palace where many monarchs have slept.
  4. Insider tip for those walking past Des Indes along Denneweg: no. 56 has a wonderful Jugendstil façade, after the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina.

    • Walk from Hotel Des Indes via the car park to the centre of the wide avenue, Lange Voorhout.
  5. 3. Lange Voorhout

    An avenue with royal allure: imagine the carriages that used to drive out from here...
    • With the museum behind you, saunter along the characteristic shell path of Lange Voorhout until you see no. 34 on your right-hand side, House Huguetan.
  6. 4. House Huguetan

    This town palace from 1734 served several kings as temporary residence.
    • After House Huguetan continue walking straight towards the church on the corner.
  7. 5. Cloister Church

    Did you know that Princess Beatrix sometimes visited the service on Sundays?
    • Continue along the street by Kloosterkerk. (There is no pedestrian crossing here, so stay alert.)
    • Carry on walking towards the white building at the end, the former Kneuterdijk Palace, where the Council of State is based these days.
  8. 6. Kneuterdijk Palace

    Once King William II lived here, now it's home to the Council of State.
    • Walk between the palace and the famous Indonesian restaurant, Garoeda, into Heulstraat towards Noordeinde shopping street.
  9. De Graaff, left on Heulstraat, is where Prince Bernhard always used to buy his cigars.

    • After Heulstraat, turn right at the T junction on to the shopping street (in chic Noordeinde), where you will find the palace 30 m up on the left-hand side.
  10. 7. Palace Noordeinde

    The working palace of the king has a long history.
  11. 8. HM the King receives ambassadors' letters of credence

    On Wednesday, you can regularly witness a royal ceremony here.
  12. Across from the palace you will see two distinctive statues: William of Orange astride his horse (1845) and headstrong Wilhelmina (1968).

    • Head behind the huge chestnut tree enclosed by a white bench, and go down the steps to the gardens to the Gothic Hall.
  13. 9. Gothic Hall

    Once built for the paintings of Willem II, it is now a concert hall.
    • Return to Noordeinde Palace and turn right back onto the shopping street, follow the crowns strung above the street until you see no. 140 on the left-hand side, which is De Salon lunchroom and B&B. 
  14. 10. De Salon van Fagel Restaurant and B&B

    Pay attention: this former urban palace still has many of its original details.
    • Continue through Noordeinde to the large crossing, where you turn left by a colourful pottery shop.
    • Stroll on until you see the 19th century Royal Stables to your left, where you can still frequently see carriages driving out.
  15. 11. Royal Stables

    Behind these walls you'll find the carriages of the House of Orange, as well as the Glass Carriage.
    • Continue walking past the Royal Stables.
    • Turn left at the crossing onto Prinsessewal.
    • After 150 m, turn left by the memorial stone into the palace gardens. It's free to visit in the daytime, as long as there are no important guests visiting Noordeinde Palace.
    • Follow the pathway to the right, or wander past the lake and the playground, through the garden, past the Royal House Archives and the back of Noordeinde Palace.
  16. 12. Palace Garden

    Admire the Royal House Archives and the palace - or, why not, have a picnic here.
    • Leave the palace garden via the entrance across from the palace, where you will see 'De IJzerhandel v/h Stolp' in large letters on the facade. You are now back in the same street where you entered the gardens, Prinsessewal.
  17. Ready for a cup of coffee? Straight ahead of you on the canal, you will find a number of lovely cafes, such as De Bieb.

    • Coming from the palace gardens, turn left on to Prinsestraat. In the distance you will see the tower of the Grote Kerk (Big Church).
  18. 13. Prinsestraat

    Named after William II and now a beloved shopping street in the Court Quarter.
    • Continue walking in the same direction along Prinsestraat until you come to the end of the shopping street, where on the corner to the left you will see the lovely brick Berlage building, and will come out by the rear of the Grote Kerk.
  19. 14. Big Church

    Royal marriages are blessed here, as well as princes and princesses being christened.
    • Pass by the bright red door of the church on the right-hand side of the tram rail, towards the brick building with its red awnings and white tower on the corner, the Old City Hall.
    • Turn left here.
    • Follow the tram rails through this shopping street until you find yourself right in front of a stately building on the corner, the former Maison de Bonneterie and now an H&M flagship store, to the left of which is another historic building, 't Goude Hooft.
  20. Pause a while at 't Goude Hooft, the oldest hostelry in The Hague, where the knights once met.

    • Follow the tram tracks past H&M towards an open square, the Buitenhof, and the Passage, the oldest shopping centre in the Netherlands.
    • Continue along the tram tracks here until you find yourself on a larger road.
    • Don’t just cross straight over here by the statue of the rider and the Court Lake, make sure you first head left towards the little gate.
  21. 15. Gallery Prince William V

    In 1773, Prince William V was responsible for the construction of this wonderful building: Holland's first museum.
  22. 16. Prison Gate Museum

    This gate once connected the court area with the village behind it.
    • Cross the street now (watching out for cars, trams and cyclist) towards the Court Lake which we will tell you more about at the end of this route.
    • Keep the water on your left-hand side and walk towards the statue of King William II astride his horse.
    • Turn left here, past the herring stall, and wander through the Stadhouderspoort gate to the Binnenhof (Inner court).
  23. 17. Inner Court - Hall of Knights

    This has been the seat of Dutch politics for centuries.
  24. Spotted an ice cream stall in the Binnenhof? That’s Moes, the most famous ice cream man in The Hague. Even our very own Maxima buys her ice creams here.

    • Wander past the Hall of Knights with its two towers and continue under the elegant yellow gate.
    • Continue straight on and leave the Binnenhof via the second yellow gate, the Grenadierspoort, after which you will see the Mauritshuis and, in-between the Binnenhof and museum, the famous Torentje of the minister-president. 
  25. 18. Mauritshuis

    Built in 1633 for Count Johan Maurits and now a famous museum.
    • Directly across from the Mauritshuis you will find the quadrangular square with the skyline of The Hague behind it. Walk under the trees to the statue of William the Silent in the centre - make sure to have a good look around at the historic buildings here.
  26. 19. Plein

    Did you know that this lovely square was once a ducal (vegetable) garden?
    • Wander back towards the Mauritshuis and past it to the right. To your left you'll find the Court Lake, to the right the King's Office ('Kabinet van de Koning').
  27. 20. The King's Office

    In this 17th-century house the King is assisted in the performance of his duties.
    • Continue straight to the Historical Museum of The Hague ('Haags Historisch Museum').
  28. 21. The Hague Historical Museum

    Want to know more about the history of The Hague? Then this is the place!
    • Walk a little further along the longer side of the Court Lake until you are about in the middle, where you will find a wonderful view of The Hague's skyline. 
  29. 22. Hofvijver

    The route ends here with the view of the Binnenhof and The Hague's skyline.
    • You can reach the starting point of the route by walking back to the Historical Museum of The Hague and heading across the pedestrian crossing towards the white and silver monument and the stately line of trees.