On Tuesday 17 September 2019, it will be Prinsjesdag: the opening of the new parliamentary year. The days before, The Hague celebrates the Prinsjesfestival. In the center streets are closed and garages have limited access. Come by bike or public transportation.

The parliamentary year starts on the 3rd Tuesday of September. The royal couple is taking the Glass Carriage to the Ridderzaal. There the king delivers the speech with the main plans of the government for the coming year.

The route from the Glass Carriage to the Ridderzaal runs via the Noordeinde, Heulstraat, Kneuterdijk, Lange Voorhout, Tournooiveld, Korte Vijverberg to the Binnenhof.

The program on Prince’s Day is as follows:

  • 12.45 pm: departure of the Glass Carriage from the Royal Stables to Noordeinde Palace
  • 13.00: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima leave from Noordeinde Palace to the Binnenhof
  • 1.15 pm: arrival at the Ridderzaal for Throne Speech
  • 1.50 pm: Glass Carriage departs from Binnenhof to Noordeinde Palace
  • 14.00: balcony scene at Noordeinde Palace

Closed streets

The carriage rides through the center of The Hague. This route is closed on both sides between 12.45 pm and 2.30 pm. Pedestrians can cross the route at the flags until 11:30 am. The pedestrian crossings are closed from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. The municipality places fences on the streets that are closed off for Prince’s Day.

Route glass carriage (ocher line) - click on the image for an enlargement
Route glass carriage (ochre line)

Public transport

The route of the Glazen Koets is within walking distance of The Hague Central Station. In addition, the center is easily accessible by bus and tram. Due to the closed streets, some trams (1, 15, 16 and 17) and buses (22, 24 and 28) do run a modified route temporarily. Various stops will expire between 9 am and 6 pm. For more information and travel advice, visit the HTM website.

Parking on Prinsjesdag

On Tuesday 17 September 2019 you cannot park your car in many places in the center. Parking permits for these parking places are temporarily valid in other places. Residents receive a letter about this.

Visitors with the car can best park at a Park and Ride place. For example the Park and Ride locations: Hoornwijck, De Uithof or Station Ypenburg. Look for more information on the page about Park and Ride The Hague.

In addition, there are parking garages in the center, but the following garages are open to a limited extent:

  • Plein parking garage closed between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Heulstraat parking garage closed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Tournooiveld parking garage (Museum Quarter) closed between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Safety

Do not take a backpack or large bag with you. The police can check your bag to ensure that Prinsjesdag runs smoothly. Anyone who takes a backpack can take longer to pass checks. Rather take a plastic or linen bag with you.

More information

Do you want to know more about the events? Then look at:

On rijksoverheid.nl you can also read more about the tradition and ceremony.