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Dutch Veterans Day: getting downtown

Published: 20 June 2022Modified: 23 June 2022

Dutch Veterans Day takes place on Saturday, 25 June 2022. A large part of The Hague’s downtown area will be closed to traffic. A number of parking garages will also be closed.

Veterans Day is a national event taking place this year for the 18th time. On this day the Netherlands thanks all of the 100,000 military veterans for their commitment and effort, now and in the past. A colourful parade through The Hague’s downtown area starts at 13.30 hrs. H.M. King Willem-Alexander will take the salute from the veterans and military personnel on the Kneuterdijk.

Veteranendag

Accessibility

The streets where the parade will pass will be closed to all traffic from 9.00 to 16.00 hrs. at the latest on 25 June. This also applies to a large area around these streets.

The parade route will proceed from Malieveld to the Koningskade, via the Korte and Lange Voorhout to Kneuterdijk. It will then go to the Buitenhof, Hofweg, Spui, Kalvermarkt, Fluwelen Burgwal, Herengracht and Prinsessegracht via the Bosbrug again back to Malieveld.

Local traffic will be able to enter the closed-off area until 9.00 hrs. and exit until 10.00 hrs. via the Kneuterdijk, Hofweg and Spui. Crossings for pedestrians will be made at a number of spots.

Parade route for Veterans Day

Road closures

The following roads will be closed from 9.00 to 16.00 hrs.:

  • The Koningskade between the Koningstunnel from the intersection with the Zuid-Hollandlaan and from the Lekstraat. Motorists can drive via the Zuid-Hollandlaan and the Mercuriusweg.
  • The Bezuidenhoutseweg (from the Koningin Julianaplein to the Herengracht) and the Prinsessegracht.

Due to the closures the following roads will not be accessible from 9.00 to 16.00 hrs. at the latest. You will also not be able to drive out of these streets:  

  • Apendans
  • Bagijnestraat
  • Bleijenburg
  • Casuariestraat
  • Doelenstraat
  • Gravenstraat
  • Grote Marktstraat (between Voldersgracht and Spui)
  • Herenstraat
  • Koediefstraat
  • Koninginnegracht (between Dr. Kuyperstraat and Houtweg)
  • Korte Houtstraat
  • Korte Koediefstraat
  • Korte Vijverberg
  • Lage Zand
  • Lange Houtstraat
  • Lange Poten
  • Oranjebuitensingel (between Herengracht and Turfmarkt)
  • Parkstraat
  • Plein
  • Prinsessegracht
  • Schouwburgstraat
  • Spui (between Schedeldoekshaven and Kalvermarkt towards Hofweg)
  • Turfmarkt
  • Wagenstraat (between Grote Marktstraat and Spuistraat)
  • Wijnhaven
  • Zwarteweg (between Herengracht and Turfmarkt).

Through traffic can use the Centrumring.

Parking

Parking on the parade route will be prohibited from 6.00 to 16.00 hrs. There is ban on parking for:

  • Lange Voorhout
  • the car park of Hotel des Indes
  • Prinsessegracht (both sides)
  • Kneuterdijk (both sides)
  • Schouwburgstraat
  • Hofweg (loading area for Dudok/Novotel and taxi stand)
  • Spui (loading area on the side of KFC and Swiss Casino)
  • Kalvermarkt (on the side of the Ministry of Defense)
  • Bagijnestraat, including the loading area
  • Fluwelen Burgwal (both sides)

Please note: tow-away regulations will be in effect.

The charging points for electric cars along the parade route will not be in operation on 25 June.

Parking garages temporarily not accessible

The Malieveld, Bagijnestraat, Grote Markt, Noordeinde (Heulstraat), Muzenplein (Fluwelen Burgwal), Plein and Museumkwartier garages and the garage for the Ministry of Finance will not be accessible between 9.00 and 16.00 hrs. You will not be able to enter or exit these garages.

The parking garage under the Grote Marktstraat and Kalvermarkt will be accessible only via the Grote Markt entrance. During the parade cars will be able to exit the Noordeinde parking garage via the Paleisstraat.

The other parking garages around the downtown area will be open and accessible the entire day.

Public transportation

No public transportation will be available in the city centre until 18.00 hrs. on 25 June. Tram 1, 9, 15, 16 and 17 and Bus 20, 22, 24 and 28 will operate an alternative route. Tram 9 will not ride over the Bosbrug between 9.50 and 15.10 hrs. You can find more information at www.htm.net.

Programme for Dutch Veterans Day

Information on the programme for Dutch Veterans Day can be found at www.veteranendag.nl.