Princely courts of Prinsenhoven are a somewhat special category among dutch
royal buildings. They are not palaces, but they were seats for the Princes of Orange while staying in the town where the Prinsenhof
was located. Sometimes, they were abbeys or other religious buildings that were taken over, like the Prinsenhof in Delft and in
Groningen and Haarlem. Others were built in strategically important towns, like the fortified towns of Willemstad and Hellevoetsluis.
Some of the Prinsenhoven have disappeared, like the ones in Alkmaar and Enkhuizen.
All of them have different functions, like a museum or a town hall. You can see all of them from the road side or from the
historical gardens that surround them. By clicking on the pictures below you can enter special sites or pages on the buildings.