Apeldoorn is located in the province of Gelderland in central Netherlands, close to Amersfoort and Arnhem. As a municipality, the city includes the smaller villages of Beekbergen, Hoenderloo and Loenen. Apeldoorn is split by a canal that was built in the 1800’s and runs to different parts of the Ijssel river for over 52km.
The city has a current population of approximately 157,000 and a wider metropolitan population of over 213,000. A settlement at the site of Apeldoorn has been present since the 8th century, and it has steadily risen to prominence during the 19th century due to major reconstruction after World War II. Today it serves as one of the major employment centres in the eastern Netherlands with around 95,000 people working here. Sights like the Paleis Het Loo and the Apenheul Zoo make this a great place to visit.
Lets explore the best things to do in Apeldoorn:
1. Paleis Het Loo
Constructed in the late 1600’s, the Het Loo palace (The Woods palace) was created for King William III and Mary II of England.
Until the 1960’s, the palace served as the residence for the house or Orange/Nassau.
As the 8th most visited museum in the Netherlands, the site now stands as an important tourist attraction for the region.
With a stunning baroque design, the palace is completely symmetrical and inside features an extensive museum.
Full of authentic artefacts and remnants of the house of Orange-Nassau, the museum offers fantastic insight into the world of Dutch royalty.
Aside from the renovated rooms, there is also an extensive art collection.
You can also take a tour of the stables and the wonderful landscaped gardens.