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In the heart of the Netherlands, near Apeldoorn, surrounded by extensive woodland dotted with romantic lakes, lies one of the most beautiful royal palaces in our country. Palace ‘Het Loo’ (pronounced ‘Ut Low’ meaning: a clearing in the woods) was the favourite summer residence of the Stadholders and Royal Family of the Netherlands from 1686 to 1975.

Since 1984 the palace has served as a museum after a spectacular (albeit controversial) restoration of the buildings and the gardens, returning them to their original seventeenth century state.

You will see the palace of King William III (built in 1684 and rebuilt ever since...)


The palace with its interiors dating from King-Stadtholder William III and Queen Mary II up to the reign of Queen Wilhelmina, the present Queen’s grandmother, 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.