The country’s third largest city has a population of over one million. The prosperity of The Hague is evident by the skyscrapers that have mushroomed since 2000. But tourists prefer the historic landmarks in Oude Centrum. The epicenter is Hofvijver, a small rectangular lake where William II of Holland built a palace in 1248. His mansion evolved into Het Binnenhof (Inner Court). The Parliament building is the meeting place for the Netherlands’ Senate and House. Also officed here are the Ministry of General Affairs and the Prime Minister.