The Oude Loo castle was built in the 15th century. In 1684, the castle and the surrounding land was bought by William III of Orange. On this land, he had Het Loo Palace built. The castle was used by the court, among other things as an apothecary. In the 19th century the castle came in the hands of Louis Napoleon who filled up the moat. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands had the castle and the moat restored by architect Pierre Cuypers. Since 1968, the castle is owned by the Dutch state. Since 1973, it is a national heritage site. The castle is currently used by the Dutch Royal Family as a country house and guest residence.

The castle park construction began in the 17th century. Paths, ponds and alternating open spaces and groves of trees have been used to create a varied natural-looking landscape. The western and northern parts were heathland when they were purchased in the 19th century. They were sown to Scots pine and are now varied forest areas interspersed with patches of heath. In this part of the park is an old meltwater valley formed in the most recent ice age, Wilhelmina's Valley. Many of the numerous cultural heritage elements in the park have been restored. Recently, part of the park underwent a makeover to a design by the landscape architect Michael van Gessel.

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Jos Jansen of Lorkeers (3 years ago)
Prachtig gelegen kasteeltje dat helaas niet te bezoeken is. In April / mei is het van de buitenkant te bezichtigien. Prachtige rhododendrons en let ook op de echte japanse Koi-karpers in de gracht! Aanrader te gaan wandelen met een gids van het Apeldoorns Gidsen Collectief: "je ziet zo veel meer met een gids die je wijst op bijzondere dingen"!
Henk van Doorn (3 years ago)
Prachtig kasteeltje in de tuin van Paleis het Loo. Het gebouw zelf is niet voor het publiek toegankelijk, de tuin in bepaalde periodes (m.n. als de rododendrons bloeien) wel.
veronica schoolderman (3 years ago)
Super mooie omgeving, leuk wandelen je bent echt even ergens anders!
Laurens Van Gils (3 years ago)
Fraai privé paleis van de koninklijke familie en daarom in het voorjaar zeer beperkt toegankelijk (tuin en buitenzijde)
Joey Dreier Gligoor (3 years ago)
Alleen April en mei te zien, daarna weer privé terrein voor de koninklijke familie.
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