Grondwet Festival (01)

Saturday, 29 March 2014 marks the 200-year anniversary of the Dutch constitution, the oldest in the world after the U.S. constitution. On 28 and 29 March, The Hague will provide the setting for a grand scale event called the Constitution Festival (Grondwet Festival). Buildings normally off limits to the public, like the Catshuis and Trêveszaal, where the Council of Ministers convenes every Friday, will open especially for this occasion. There will also be theatrical performances, debates and a programme of open-air events. The Peace Palace Library will participate with an interactive tour (in Dutch) explaining the relationship between the Dutch constitution and International Law.

Constitution Trail

On 29 March, some 25 beautiful historic buildings in The Hague with a connection to the Constitution will open their doors to the public to show off their importance to the Netherlands. Visitors can follow the Constitution Trail through the city, connecting all of these institutions.

In addition to the one-off opening of the Catshuis and Trêveszaal, the following locations will be open: the King’s Office, Hall of Knights, House of Representatives, Senate, Peace Palace, Council of State, Supreme Court, Chancery of the Netherlands Orders of Knighthood, National Archives, Netherlands Court of Audit, Council for the Judiciary, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Security and Justice, The Hague City Hall, Historical Museum of The Hague, Social and Economic Council, Association of Netherlands Municipalities, Prison Gate Museum, Education Council, Koninklijke Schouwburg, National Ombudsman (in the ‘Ombudsbus’) and ProDemos.

Many of the buildings are open only on 29 March, offering you the unique opportunity to peek inside. Read more, here.

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