The palace was built in the 17th century in the neo-classical style, it almost doesn't look decorated and fancy enough to be a palace. But do not let the exterior look of the building deceive you. The grandeur and luxury inside of the palace will make up more than enough for the first impression. There are many rooms, designed in wealth and splendor, decorated with marble statues, reliefs, frescoes on the walls and ceilings and many varied art pieces.
In the palace are a few interesting rooms. One of these rooms is the Marble Jury Room. In this room judges used to sit and decide whether to convict the defendants who had been sentenced to death. The death sentence was carried out at the front of the building. In this room you will see figures of women that symbolize those who are subject to punishment, while above the location of the judges are reliefs dealing with stories from the Bible, on matters of justice, law and wisdom.
Notice the long conference on the second floor. The room is used as a hall for the municipality and it is very impressive with its beauty. On the marble floor the world map is drawn, and on the decorated ceiling are expensive relics and statues.
In order to enter the palace you have to be registered for an organized tour. On Sunday and Tuesday afternoons free tours are offered for the public.
The modest facade of the palace did not prevent Louis Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon, the ruler of France, from wanting the building for himself. But what is the connection between him and the Netherlands, you ask? Well, Napoleon's brother ruled the Netherlands and he loved the palace, mainly because of the park and the tremendous impression it makes when you enter it. Bonaparte turned the building into the official royal palace of the Netherlands, and upon the end of his reign the building was restored to the city. The cost of building maintenance, which was too expensive, caused the government to rent it to Prince William to serve as an official residence.
In 1935 the state again bought the palace and renovated it. To this day it is considered an official palace, although it is not used for the Queen's residence but only for official events and royal ceremonies.
Between 2005 and 2009 the palace underwent a major renovation and opened many parts to the public as a museum and tourist attraction.