Published: 18 June 2012 Modified: 18 April 2014
The Peace Palace celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2013 and has become the icon of The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. It is a beautiful building in which people are working on a daily basis towards world peace.
The Peace Palace in The Hague was built in 1913 with funds from a donation made by celebrated steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It is home to a number of international judicial institutions, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) or World Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the renowned Peace Palace Library, as well as the Hague Academy of International Law, which attracts law students from all over the world every summer.
The Peace Palace is one of the most photographed landmarks of The Hague and is accessible to the public through guided weekend tours.
The new Visitors Centre by the main entrance of the Peace Palace provides information about the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration and serves as a gateway to the Peace Palace Library and The Hague Academy for International Law.
In the Visitors Centre you can watch a short film, enjoy a permanent interactive exhibition and look at a scale model of this world-renowned Hague landmark. Information will be available in seven languages: Dutch, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.
The Visitors Centre is open daily until October from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs., except Monday and holidays. During the winter, the centre closes at 16.00 hrs. A visit takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Admission is free.
The Peace Palace is not open to the public during the week. You can visit the Peace Palace and its courtrooms by joining a guided weekend tour.