Dutch Royal Palace Het Loo

Royal Bedroom at Dutch Royal Palace Het Loo

Three centuries of the Royal House of Orange come to life within the lavishly furnished rooms and lushly sculptured garden of the majestic Het Loo Palace near Apeldoorn. Once the beloved country seat of the Dutch royal family, the Paleis Het Loo now serves as a museum. Het Loo palace in Apeldoorn is worth visiting by anyone who is interested in architecture, gardening and history. Discover the Dutch Royal Palace Het Loo, about an hour and a half from Amsterdam. Paleis Het Loo is a former "pleasure residence" of the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch royal line ruling since the 15th century, and is an understated treasure with rich history, grand halls and manicured gardens. The sumptuously furnished interiors give an impression of how the Dutch royal family lived here for three centuries.

After a thorough restoration it now houses a national museum entirely devoted to the history of the House of Orange-Nassau and its place in Dutch history. Its library houses a collection of material in this field, such as 1,500 pamphlets, and other primary sources such as newspapers, press cuttings, etc. For the art historian the sections relating to the palace, its interiors and its gardens are particularly relevant: these include reference works and monographs on the architecture and decoration of royal residences, historic garden- and landscape architecture, prints (including some 4,000 early prints) and a collection of photographs documenting the history of the House of Orange-Nassau, which include photographs of royal residences and their interiors in The Netherlands, applied art (including textiles and costume), courtly life and its material reflection, and the history of collecting. Het Loo also houses the Museum van de Kanselarij der Nederlandse Orden (Museum of the Chancery of the Netherlands Orders of Knighthood), and books and other material concerning decorations and medals form a separate section in the library.

About Het Loo Palace in the woodland

Het Loo Palace, in the woodland setting of Apeldoorn in the heart of the Netherlands, was the favorite summer residence of the Stadtholders and the Royal Family of the Netherlands from 1686 to 1975. Since 1984 the palace has served as a museum after a spectacular restoration of the buildings and the gardens, returning them to their original seventeenth century state.

The palace with its interiors dating from the Stadtholder-King William III and Queen Mary II up to the reign of Queen Wilhelmina, reflects the lifestyles of the members of the family of the Dutch House of Orange-Nassau over three centuries. The wings with their permanent and visiting exhibitions of historical objects, documents, paintings, china, silver, royal garments and court costumes present a picture of the historical ties of the House of Orange-Nassau with the Netherlands. One of the biggest collections of national and international orders and decorations in the world is housed in the department Museum of the Chancery of the Netherlands Orders of Knighthood.

The spring and summer planting of the baroque garden parterres with pergolas, statues and vases, in exactly the same Dutch fashion as in the seventeenth century, is unique in Europe. Just as in the seventeenth century, the fountains and cascades are always playing.

The Stables house royal carriages, hunting carriages, sledges and vintage court cars, including the famous 'wagon' in which Queen Wilhelmina went out on painting excursions and her white state-funeral coach. The entire complex is surrounded by extensive woodland dotted with romantic lakes, and is entirely open to the public.
aerial view of Palace Het Loo
The spring and summer planting of the baroque garden parterres surrounded by terraces, pergolas, statues and vases, in exactly the same fashion as in the seventeenth century is, to date, unique in Europe. Just as in the seventeenth century, the fountains and cascades are always playing. Outside the garden there are a few straight scenic avenues, for following the hunt in a carriage, or purely for the vista afforded by an avenue. Few of the "green rooms" cut into the woodlands in imitation of the cabinets de verdure of Versailles that are shown in the engraving actually got executed at Het Loo.

The entire complex is surrounded by extensive woodland dotted with romantic lakes, and is entirely open to the public. Rest awhile! Soak up the splendor of this major "royal" attraction.

Opening hours
The palace and gardens are open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am. to 5:00 pm. Closed on Mondays, except public holidays. Closed on New Year’s Day. The Museum of the Chancery of the Netherlands Orders of Knighthood, in the palace east wing, is open from 1:00 pm.

Guided tours in foreign speaking languages by appointment only, except on Sundays and Dutch public holidays:

Summer season:

Winter season:

Special garden tours:
Throughout the year but only by appointment. € 1.20 per person with a minimum of € 24.00 per guided tour.

Video film
Duration: 30 minutes. Groups preferably by appointment.

Gift Shop and Cloakroom in Palace's basement in the main building. Guide book to the Palace and Gardens € 5.00 available in Gift Shop.

All prices are subject to alteration

Concerts are given on the last Friday of every month, commencing at 8.15 p.m.
For bookings call 0031-(0)55-5772448 during office hours.

Restaurant:
Self-service. Groups by written appointment only.
More information: telephone 0031-(0)55-5772487/439,
fax 0031-(0)55-5221835,

Disabled visitors:
Facilities for the disabled. Escalator entrance for visits to the main building. Main gardens accessible. Wheelchairs available free of charge on producing identification or a driving license. Groups are advised to get in touch beforehand (tel. 31-55-5772448). Wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance. Free entrance for those accompanying the disabled.

Admission prices:
Adults: € 10 p.p., 6 to 17 year olds:€ 3 p.p., Under 6 years: free
Group prices (upwards of 20 people): Adults: € 8 p.p., 6 to 17 year olds: € 3 p.p.

Location and Contact
Visiting address:
Entrance via the car park on Amersfoortseweg, Apeldoorn.
Sat Nav address: Amersfoortseweg, 7313 AA
Postal address: Koninklijk Park1, 7315 JA Apeldoorn
T: 055-5772400 (Monday to Friday during office hours)
F: 055-5772408
Email: i...@paleishetloo.nl
Website: http://www.paleishetloo.nl/templates/frontpage/page.asp?iPageId=0&iLangId=2



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