Oude Loo Castle

Apeldoorn, Netherlands

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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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Raldo Tromp (3 years ago)
Super beautiful. Nice day out
Hj van Egten (3 years ago)
Very nice to go to, beautiful surroundings and a beautiful castle. It is a pity that these can only be visited in the months of April and May. The rhododendrons are present in large numbers, although not everything was in bloom this year. Next year again and don't forget to pin an admission ticket at the entrance of the forest. Otherwise you have to go back a long way to get in. Lots of fun!
Pascal HAMEL (3 years ago)
Never go there with a baby. Never
Albert Testerink (3 years ago)
Wedding photos taken 35 years ago ?
Simeon Iliev (4 years ago)
Great place to have a walk and relax. Beatiful castle surrounded by a lake. Nice park and gardens.
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