This former hunting lodge was extended to a castle by William II of Holland in 1250. His son Floris V made the Binnenhof to his royal residence. Today the beautiful courtyard houses the Parliament and the Senate of the Netherlands. The Parliament and the Knights' Hall can be visited.
Between Grote Kerk and Grote Marktstraat you will find the Grote Markt (Big Market Square). On the square there are many restaurants and cafes which makes the place one of the busiest places in The Hague. One of the most famous restaurants is "De Zwarte Ruiter" where live music is played.
The "Plein" is the main square of The Hague, many restaurants and cafes invite to linger. The square is surrounded by old gabled houses made of brick work. The square is situated between the pedestrian zone and the Binnenhof.
The "Chinatown" of The Hague is marked by two Chinese archways and red lanterns span across the street. There are not that many Asians seen on the street but there are some good Chinese restaurants and small Asian fast food stores.
In 1899 a peace conference was held in The Hague. In 1913 the American steel baron Andrew Carnegie donated the money for the construction of the Peace Palace. The French architect Cordonnier was responsible for the design of the building that houses the International Court of Justice and a library.
On the beach of Scheveningen stands the grand hotel "Kurhaus". The "Kurhaus" was built in 1885 as a seaside resort and hotel for noble guests, emperors and kings. It was planed to be demolished in 1973 after economic ruin, but was taken over and saved by the Steigenberger hotel group in 1979.