Peace Palace

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
The Peace Palace

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 Palace, the premises on which it stands and the Peace Palace Library are the property of the Carnegie Foundation.

Visitors Centre

You are very welcome to visit the Peace Palace Visitors Centre. A modern exhibition and impressive 35-40 minute film give you an introduction to the founding history of the Peace Palace and to the juridical institutions based there. The information is available through an audio tour in 10 languages.

Access to the Visitors Centre and use of the audio tour is free of charge.


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.

Contact details

The Peace Palace
Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ The Hague
Telephone: 070 - 302 42 42

Published: 11 April 2017Modified: 30 May 2017