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Prinsjesdag 2022: limited access to the city centre

Published: 6 September 2022Modified: 6 September 2022

Tuesday, 20 September is Prinsjesdag: the opening of the new parliamentary year. Because Prinsjesdag attracts a large number of visitors, traffic measures will be in effect. There will also be measures for pedestrians.

As of Friday, 16 September the police will already be placing several mobile barriers in the downtown area. This could lead to traffic disruptions.

Prinsjesdag: koffertje

Route of the Glass Coach

Due to the renovation work taking place at the Binnenhof, King Willem-Alexander will read this year’s ‘Speech from the Throne’ in the Koninklijke Schouwburg. The procession route of the Glass Coach will run from the Noordeinde, Heulstraat, Kneuterdijk, Lange Voorhout and Korte Voorhout to the Koninklijke Schouwburg. The portion of the procession route between the Royal Stables and Tournooiveld will close at 10.30 hrs. The portion of the route between Tournooiveld and the Bosbrug will close at 6.00 hrs.

Road closures

Many streets will be closed on Prinsjesdag. Some streets will already be closed on Monday, 19 September.

  • 19 September from 12.00 hrs. to 20 September 20.00 hrs.

    • Lange Voorhout: the traffic lanes between Kneuterdijk and Tournooiveld

    20 September from 6.00 to 16.00 hrs. at the latest (pickups and deliveries are permitted until 10.00 hrs.)

    • Lange Houtstraat
    • Plein
      • Korte Vijverberg
      • Schouwburgstraat
      • Heulstraat
      • Oranjestraat
      • Paleisstraat
      • Amaliastraat
      • Tournooiveld
      • Korte Voorhout

      The shopping area in the Heulstraat and Noordeinde will have only limit access.

      20 September from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs. at the latest

      • Hogewal
      • Scheveningseveer
      • Kortenaerkade
      • Amaliastraat
      • Noordeinde from the Oranjestraat
      • Heulstraat
      • Noordeinde from the Hartogstraat
      • Hartogstraat
      • Molenstraat
      • Zeestraat between Scheveningseveer and Sophialaan
      • Sophialaan between Zeestraat and Plein 1813
      • Vos in Tuinstraat
      • Smidswater
      • Smidsplein
      • Korte Voorhout
      • Tournooiveld
      • Prinsessegracht
      • Casuariestraat
      • Schouwburgstraat (parking garage will remain accessible)
      • Lange Houtstraat
      • Korte Houtstraat
      • Plein
      • Korte Vijverberg
      • Hoge Nieuwstraat
      • Koningskade Bosbrug left-hand turn to Korte Voorhout
      • Prinsessegracht from the Casuariestraat

      If necessary, the police can close off more access roads. The roads will open again once the police give a sign. This will probably be around 16.00 hrs.

    Pedestrians

    Pedestrians will not be able to walk across the street within the route of the Glass Coach. The procession route will be fenced off on both sides of the street. Up until 11.30 hrs. pedestrians will be able cross the procession route at only a limited number of spots.

    • Pedestrians can cross the route at the following spots:

      • Korte Vijverberg: corner Lange Vijverberg
      • Kneuterdijk: corner Lange Vijverberg
      • Kneuterdijk: corner Heulstraat
      • Noordeinde: corner Heulstraat
      • Noordeinde/Paleisstraat
      • Lange Voorhout: corner Parkstraat
      • Lange Voorhout by the Kleine Kazernestraat
      • Lange Voorhout to the Vos in Tuinstraat
      • Lange Voorhout by the grandstands
      • Bosbrug Prinsessegracht

      These crossing spots will be marked by banners. They will remain open as long as possible.

    Cyclists

    There will be a ban on parking bicycles and moped along the route from midnight to 16.00 hrs. on 20 September. There are various free and guarded bicycle parking facilities in the city centre. You can find more information about these on the page Parking your bike safely in The Hague.

    Public transportation

    Trams 1, 15, 16 and 17 and Buses 22, 24 and 28 will follow an alternative route on Prinsjesdag. More information can be found on the website of HTM.

    Parking

    On 20 September 2022 you will not be able to park your car at many spots in the city centre. The municipality requests that you park your car elsewhere. If necessary, the police will enforce the temporary parking ban. For more information, you can call the national service number for the police: 0900 - 8844.

    Parking garages will have limited hours of operation. The garage under Malieveld is located closest to the procession route.

    • A parking ban will be in effect at the following times.

      18 September from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

      • Amaliastraat (this is due to the rehearsal of sections of the procession)

      20 September from 6.00 to 18.00 hrs. at the latest

      • Hogewal
      • Scheveningseveer
      • Amaliastraat
      • Noordeinde from the Oranjestraat
      • Zeestraat between Scheveningseveer and Sophialaan
      • Vos in Tuinstraat
      • Smidsplein
      • Kanonstraat
      • Prinsessegracht from the Kanonstraat towards Bosbrug
      • Casuariestraat
      • Schouwburgstraat (parking garage will remain open)
      • Lange Houtstraat
      • Plein
      • Hoge Nieuwstraat
      • Prinsessegracht
      • Prinsessewal
    • The following rules are in effect for residents and companies with a parking permit.

      19 September from 12.00 hrs. to 20 September 20.00 hrs.

      For the Archipelbuurt, Stationsbuurt and Zeeheldenkwartier: no parking in shopping streets. And you must display your parking permit clearly behind the windscreen. You are allowed to park in the area adjacent to the following streets:

      • Koningskade (between Zuid-Hollandlaan and Bezuidenhoutseweg)
      • Rijnstraat
      • Lekstraat
      • Weteringkade
      • Rijswijkseplein
      • Stationsplein (not on the square itself)
      • Parallelweg (between Stationsplein and Koningstraat)
      • Koningstraat
      • Zuidwal
      • Buitenom
      • Lijnbaan
      • Bij de Westermolens
      • Waldeck Pyrmontkade
      • Laan van Meerdervoort (between Waldeck Pyrmontkade and Carnegielaan)
      • Carnegielaan
      • Scheveningseweg (between Carnegieplein and Ary van der Spuyweg)
      • Ary van der Spuyweg
      • Kerkhoflaan
      • Waalsdorperweg
      • Van Alkemadelaan
      • Benoordenhoutseweg
      • Zuid-Hollandlaan
    • Tournooiveld

      You will not be able to enter or exit the garage on 20 September between 2.00 and 16.00 hrs.

      Heulstraat

      You will not be able to enter or exit the garage on 20 September between 10.00 and 16.00 hrs.

      Plein

      You will not be able to enter or exit the garage on 20 September between 6.00 and 16.00 hrs.

      In addition, you will also not be able to park within the Lange Houtstraat – Doelenstraat – Casuariestraat area. This also applies to parking spaces on your own premises. These parking spaces will not be accessible on 20 September from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.

    Also see: Prinsjesfestival