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New Meetup: Royal Palace Het Loo

From: Tim
Sent on: Thursday, March 26, 2009 2:17 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Amsterdam Museum Meetup Group!

What: Royal Palace Het Loo

When: June 6,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Have you already seen the palace on Dam Square? No? Don?t bother. Really. It?s B-O-R-I-N-G. This is the real thing.

Paleis Het Loo is a palace, more than three hundred years old, right in the heart of the Netherlands, close to the town of Apeldoorn. The former royal residence has been open to the public since in 1984 after undergoing substantial restoration work.
The sumptuously furnished interiors give an impression of how the Dutch royal family lived here for three centuries. The reconstructed gardens breathe the atmosphere of their seventeenth century origin with their fountains and elegantly box-lined parterres. The palace?s setting in one of Holland?s most beautiful nature areas makes a visit a real delight at any time of year.
The Dutch Baroque architecture of Het Loo takes pains to minimize the grand stretch of its construction, so emphatic at Versailles, and present itself as just a fine gentleman's residence. Het Loo is not really a palace but rather a "Lust-hof" (a retreat, or "pleasure house"). Nevertheless, it is situated entre cour et jardin ("between court and garden") as Versailles and its imitators, and even as fine Parisian private houses are.

The "Great Garden" lies privately behind. This Dutch Baroque Garden, when miscalled the "Versailles of Holland" serves to show more differences than similarities, still within the Baroque general formula established by Andr? Le N?tre: perfect symmetry, axial layout with radiating gravel walks, parterres with fountains, basins and statues. The garden was designed by Le N?tre's nephew, Claude Desgotz. Andr? Le N?tre's main axis at Versailles, continued by the canal, runs up to the horizon. Daniel Marot and Desgotz's Het Loo garden does not dominate the landscape as Louis' German imitators do, though in his idealized plan (engraving, left), Desgotz extends the axis. The main garden, with conservative rectangular beds instead of more elaborately shaped ones, is an enclosed space surrounded by raised walks, as a Renaissance garden might be, tucked into the woods for private enjoyment.

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.
A complete tour takes about 3 hours. Tickets also give admission to the surrounding palace park. For more information (in Dutch) about the palace park go to

Paleis Het Loo has an audio guide which enables you to travel through time in a tour of the palace interiors. The audio tour is available in English, Dutch, French and German. It takes a maximum of 90 minutes and costs ? 2 per person. Obtainable at the start of the museum route.

? 10,00 p.p. Free admission for Museum Pass Holders.

How to get there by public transport
From Apeldoorn Train Station, bus 102, Paleis Het Loostop; bus 5 (Berg en Bos), bus 10 (Kerschoten) and 96 (Vaassen), Gedenknaald stop. On foot, about 40 minutes from the station.

Paleis Het Loo National Museum
Koninklijk Park 1
7315 JA Apeldoorn
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