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Peace Palace
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

The visitor center is open to everyone and free. You get an audio guide and get explanations on the institution and its history. A 40 min tour. The visit of the palace itself is not frequent and for a fee. It gives a good overview and even our teens liked it.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

I took an international group to the visitors center, and I was very pleased that they not only had audiotours (one of our delegates was blind), but that they had the tour in about half a dozen languages, including Arabic. The visitors center is bigger than it looks and gives a good overview.
I've not been able to get into the actual palace since moving here 2 years ago because they wouldn't give tours when the courts were in session, so I'm glad they're now giving tours on the weekends. Looking forward to finally getting in there. The visitors center is open weekdays, though.

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

International Court of Justice... never thought there would be a place like that, until I visited Hague. Unfortunately couldn't enter the building on both the occasions we visited this place. Nevertheless, loved the building and the environment around. The peace flame, and the collection of stones from over a hundred countries... wow! Pleasantly surprised to see the stone from INDIA right in the middle of the whole setup. And those words from MK Gandhi near-by... made me feel proud :)

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

The Peace Palace, celebrating its centenary next year, is a few stops from the centre of town on the Scheveningen tram or within comfortable bike or walking distance, with lovely buildings on the way. It is the home of the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Hague Academy of International Law which holds acclaimed summer courses. Fortunately, I have been able to enjoy several private tours with a family member working in this magnificent building and to view the display of the many works of art and objects of historical interest donated by the many member nations. These include sculptures of famous “peace makers” such as Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. The court sittings are held in impressively decorated rooms and the vestibules representative of the fine “neo-renaissance.” style of the early 1900's. The cafeteria offers a good selection of food but is a little gloomy in atmosphere in the basement – best to take a tray to the terraces or lawns overlooking the delightful garden beds and fountains. Pre-booked organised tours, highly recommended, are available through the website but the newly opened visitors’ centre is an option which provides a well documented history and overview of the functions of the housed institutions.

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

It's very difficult to get a tour of the actual courts themselves, but this gives international tourists a good account as to how it works and also of the history of international law and of the kind of cases the courts deal with on a day to day basis. It's also free and tourists have access to a free audio tour in their preferred language. However, only recommended for those who have an interest in the law and government; not for young children. They also have a good selection of quality souvenirs.

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