Smokers Palace: The first crackerbox palace
The first of its kind in Europe, Smokers’ Palace is located in the heart of the Netherlands’ oldest palaces, the Smokers, where the Royal Dutch Shell is based.
The palace has been home to the Royal Family since 1697 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful palaces in the world, said Jeroen de Haan, the museum’s director.
It is a reminder of a long history of Dutch history, but also a beacon for people who love smoking and who want to have a smoke outside, he added.
Smoking was forbidden at the palace during the Dutch Reformation in the 1520s.
The Palace Station was built in 1690 as a stopover between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and served as the headquarters for the Royal Navy and Dutch government during the war of the Dutch East India Company.
The Dutch Royal family had been staying at the Palace Station during World War I. Dutch officials used the Palace station to keep in touch with the Royal family during their long stay in Amsterdam.
Smokers used to go to the Palace for a smoke, but now the Royal families also use the Palace as a base, de Haen said.
There are around 400 smokers in the Palace, and some smokers smoke as many as 150 cigarettes a day, the Museum said.
The Royal family also uses the Palace to host the Royal Palace of Culture and the Royal Smokers Club.
De Haan said Smokers had their own smokehouse at the Royal Hotel for smoking, which is located next to the palace.
He said the Palace has become an important cultural centre and museum for many of its visitors, including Dutch tourists.
A few months ago, the Royal Duke of Sussex and Princess Beatrice visited the Palace with their son, Prince Charles, who was born in the palace, according to the museum.
The two also spent time in the Royal Chapel at the castle, which was closed down in the early 20th century.