Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) Tours
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Built using funds donated by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) is one of The Hague’s best-known landmarks. The grand neo-Renaissance building is home to the UN’s International Court of Justice, which hears legal disputes between states.
The vast palace is home to a visitor center, where audio-accompanied exhibits detail the history of the building and the international organizations based here. 45-minute tours grant you access to the building’s interior, which features the Great Hall of Justice and the silk tapestry-lined Japanese Room, and should be booked in advance. Peace Palace is often seen from the outside during sightseeing tours of The Hague, while most day trips from Amsterdam incorporate a stop here, and in Rotterdam and Delft.
Things to Know Before You Go
- As an important part of the Netherlands’ political scene, Peace Palace is a must for travelers with an interest in history and international politics.
- Photography is not permitted inside the palace.
- Bags, cameras, and mobile phones must be stored in on-site lockers.
- You must present a passport, EU ID card, or EU driving license to gain access to the building.
How to Get There
The Peace Palace is in the Zorgvliet neighborhood of The Hague. To get there, ride the tram (line 1) to the Vredespaleis stop.
When to Get There
The visitor center is open from Tuesday-Sunday, September through July, and daily in August. Guided tours are held on select weekends year-round and during several weeks in summer. If you’ve booked a tour, arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand to allow time to pass through security screening.
The Hague’s International Zone
Peace Palace is one of a series of intergovernmental and EU organizations situated in The Hague’s International Zone. Others include Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency; the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; and—up until it was dissolved in 2017—the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, where former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević was trialled for war crimes.
Address: Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague, Netherlands
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)
Discover the historical highlights and cultural delights of The Hague on a private walking tour of the resplendent city. With a knowledgeable guide, visit architectural gems like the Tower of Rutte and Noordeinde Palace, and delve into the city’s rich history with visit’s to the Prison Gate Museum and City Hall. Admire the grandeur of the Parliament buildings around the Binnenhof, the city’s cultural heart and conclude your tour by paying a visit to the Peace Palace visitors center. Relish the flexibility of this private tour while receiving the undivided attention of your guide.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
The Hague IS International City of Peace & Justice, you know! All for freedom and equity. So on this nearly 2 hour Freedom Inspiration Walk, leading you through some of the finest roads in The Hague we see and appreciate Peace & Justice, highlighting many forms of freedom: political freedom, financial freedom, artistical freedom, religious freedom, mental freedom, physical freedom! This we do connecting checkpoints: hints and stories; art, history and actuality; culture, nature, facts and metaphors. For courage, good mood, good energy, awareness, respect, inspiration.
Price per group of 2-6 people. Within 2 hours the Qula Scheveningen City Trail will guide you along the best spots in Scheveningen, while playing fun riddles and assignments on your smartphone. Try to set a top score with family or friends and explore the city. There are no fixed starting times or reservations, you pick your own day and time. The Trail is available 24/7 and there is no time limit - you can start, pause and stop whenever it suits you! It's offered in multiple languages (Eng, Ger, Fr, Ned, Sp, It and more). The Qula City Trail is great fun and the most affordable outing for families and groups of friends. How does it work? With your booking, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to play the Trail on your smartphone. Android or IPhone compatible. Once at the starting point, you begin your quest through the city, it's that easy!
Do as the locals do, and hop on a set of wheels for an active bicycle tour around The Hague. This tour will keep you busy and biking for about 3 hours. One of our local guides from The Hague will take you around town for you to see the most beautiful and interesting sights the city has to offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to experience Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)?
The best ways to experience Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) are:
- Private Tour: The Hague Walking Tour Including Peace Palace Visitors Center
- Inspirational Freedom Walking Tour in The Hague
- Self-Guided Interactive Walking Tour of Scheveningen
- Discover The Hague with a local guide
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