The Binnenhof is one of the most famous places within The Hague. And for a reason: it is the political heart of the Netherlands and it is a gorgeous complex of ancient and modern architecture. In summer. I usually end up on one of the benches at the Binnenhof. I find it the most perfect spot to relax and have an ice cream after hours of shopping in The Hague city center.
The wooden benches on the Binnenhof surround more or less the golden King Willem II fountain. While sitting on these benches, you can have a good look at the buildings in which the Dutch Houses of Parliaments meet. And even more fabulous: you have a great view on the Ridderzaal (In English: Hall of Knights), in my opinion the most beautiful building in The Hague. The Ridderzaal was originally built as a manorial hall in the thirtheenth century. Nowadays, it is the throne room of the Dutch monarchs. In weekends or on holidays the atmosphere at the Binnenhof can be light and lively, only most of the time it is peaceful and solemn.
Across the street, at the Hofweg, you find Prodemos, an organisation that offers, among others thing, guided Binnenhof tours. In the cellars underneath the Ridderzaal, you view the free entrance exhibition about Prinjesdag, the day on which the Dutch government traditionally announces its policy for the upcoming year. Last but not least: at Binnenhof you’ll usually find ice cream maker Moes with his cart.