The Peace Palace was so named to emphasise its significance as a place for arbitration and for the maintenance and promotion of world peace. Situated in The Hague, the building houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and The Hague Academy of International Law. It was here (in 1946) that the first session of the International Court of Justice was held. The building itself is impressive, with beautiful interiors and wonderful gardens, and houses some magnificent art gifted to the palace by various countries. Guided tours of the palace are conducted regularly with the dates announced on the official website - these tours must be booked in advance online. Tours take about 45 minutes and are fascinating. No photographs are permitted inside the palace and no luggage (including handbags) is permitted either, but lockers are provided. Guided tours of the gardens are also available and dates are announced on the website. The Visitor's Centre, which is really a museum, provides a free audio guide and is a great option for those who can't make the tours. The Hague is located approximately 35 miles (57km) from Amsterdam.
Address: Carnegieplein 2
Telephone: (0)70 302 4242
Transport: Tram 10 to Hague Central, or bus 24 to the Vredespaleis stop
Admission: Tours: €8.50.