During a day in The Hague, visiting the Binnenhof is definitely part of it. For a nice view, take a look at the Hofvijver.
The Binnenhof has been the centre of Dutch politics for centuries. Since the thirteenth century, the counts of Holland kept their residence there. Later they were succeeded by governors and the Staten-General of the Netherlands. The political director of the Netherlands, the Minister President, has his office in Het Torentje. The Binnenhof is one of the top 100 Dutch monuments. It may be the oldest parliament building in Europe that still serves as such. You can take a guided tour of the Binnenhof, where you will also visit the Ridderzaal, First Chamber and Second Chamber. Near the Binnenhof is the Hofvijver. In the 14th century the pond was made rectangular by Count Albrecht of Bavaria. Until about 1800, the Binnenhof was surrounded by a moat and only accessible by bridges. Nowadays there are several museums around the pond.
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