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Peace Palace is an international law administrative building in The Hague. This is the house of International Court of Justice (which is the main principal judicial of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library.
Things to Do at Peace Palace
Visiting the library is the first thing to do at Peace Palace. The library of the Peace Palace is the house the best collection of material on international law, professional literature on public and private international law, comparative law, and case law from all parts of the world. The library still contains some original classical works, as the original copies of Hugo Grotius works on peace and law and Erasmus Querela Pacis. Over many years, the library has become one of the most admired libraries in its subject and it is the place to access many books by judges, scholars and students from all over the world. The collection also holds publications on international politics, the history of diplomacy and the peace movement.
Since it is also the house of The Hague Academy of International, Peace Palace also presents an educational program for visitors. This educational program is held by Carnegie Foundation which believes that it is worthy to share the meaning of making peace for children and adolescent. Educational groups are received by an employee of the Carnegie Foundation in the Visitors Center. The educational program can be book daily and it takes 75 minutes with 23 maximum students.
The garden tours will be given during the summer. The tour will bring you to the historical gardens of Peace Palace, millpond, rosarium and the greenhouse. The architecture, special kinds of flowers and trees will not be missed if you are joining this tour. Before joining tours, you are recommended to watch a modern exhibition and remarkable film that will give you an introduction of 35-40 minutes to the history of how the Peace Palace is built and to the juridical institutions that houses the Palace. Guided tours are also open during summer. The guide will inform you about the building and the organizations that housed the Peace Palace. Great and Small Hall of Justice, the corridors and the Japanese Room are the rooms that will be passed through. Those rooms will give you an impression of the most beautiful rooms of the Palace while joining the tour. The tour is held around 45 minutes with maximum 20 people. Tours are offered in Dutch, German and in English.
How to Get Tickets?
The entry tickets can be purchased online or on the spot, at the visitor center. Tickets for guided tours of the Peace Palace are only sold on their website. Children up to 10 years old can participate in guided tours for free (with a maximum of 2 children per adult). There are no discounts for the tickets.
How To Get Around?
You can take a stroll around the Palace while enjoying the 19th architecture, greenhouse, special kind of flowers and trees.
What Should I Wear?
When you are visiting Peace Palace in Netherland, you may wear clothes depend on the weather condition. In summer season, you can wear dress with sandals or sneakers, skirt with boots or pair of shorts. Do not forget your sunglasses to make your look more stylish. While in winter season, you can wear sweater, winter scarf and hat. Make sure that you look fashionable when visiting Peace Palace in The Hague.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Peace Palace in The Hague is between May and October. If you're looking for the very warmest time to visit The Hague, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. Moreover, on September is the cultural season for The Hague, Peace and Justice day is included on that month since The Hague is an international city of peace and justice.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. The Peace Palace can be reached by your own. Lots of transportations are available there.
How To Get There?
Bus, Train, Light Rail or Metro and other options are relevant public transportation alternatives in The Hague that may be used to reach your destination. From Amsterdam train station, it will take 1 hour. While if you want arrive there quickly, you can use taxi, rideshare or car which is around 40 minutes to reach Peace Palace.
It is not permitted to take pictures inside the Palace. Also, Peace Palace guided tours are not recommended for young children.