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Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)
Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)

Peace Palace (Vredespaleis)

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Free admission
Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague

The Basics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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