Binnenhof Castle, The Hague
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Binnenhof is a 13th century gothic castle built around a spacious courtyard, originally a residence of the counts of Holland. Today, it houses the chambers of parliament. On warm days people gather around the golden statue in middle of the courtyard, enjoying the views.
The most prominent building, in the center, is Ridderzaal, Knight's Hall, originally built as a ballroom. It has a beautiful rose window and lovely towers reaching to the sky.
As you walk through the eastern gates to the inner courtyard of Binnenhof, the overall feeling is one of awe. The heights of the buildings are very impressive. It feels as though you are in a Harry Potter set!
You can't go inside any of the buildings. Continue through the courtyard and out the west side to the bridge over the lake, to see the outer walls of Binnenhof across the lake. It's a lovely view! Then have a drink at Plaats, where many people gather on warm days to sit out in the sun. Or stroll along the pedestrian-only shopping streets and the Lange Voorhout (a tree-lined street with foreign consulates).
Another great place to go for a coffee is Plein, a sunny square to the east of Binnenhof.
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Binnenhof is located just west of Mauritshuis. You can use the address of Mauritshuis to find it: Plein 29, 2511 CS Den Haag, Netherlands.
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