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a place at the royal table

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The palace is closed

We are ‘Open, just not as usual’. You are more than welcome in the gardens, stables, restaurants and at the many events!

cooperative European project

A Place at the Royal Table is a cooperative European project developed by the Network of European Royal Residences for the European Year of Cultural Heritage. In 2018, the most prestigious Royal Palaces Museums in Europe work together in order to raise awareness of European heritage, its values and its protection, for future generations. A Place at the Royal Table aims to improve education about European cultural heritage, build trust, nurture relationships across national borders, and create bridges between cultures.

A place at our royal table

Paleis Het Loo was built at the end of the 17th century as a hunting lodge and summer residence for the Orange dynasty - the royal family that has ruled the Netherlands for centuries as stadtholder and later as king or queen. Throughout the four centuries that Paleis Het Loo was inhabited, until it was transformed into a museum, the summer palace was a self-sufficient country estate with extensive forests, hunting grounds, farms as well as having a private fruit- and vegetable garden.

What is open

Gardens
Gardens
Open
Stables
Stables
Open
Orange Trail
Orange Trail
Open
Palace
Palace
closed

Picnic Day: 23 June

On June the 23rd  the gardens of Paleis Het Loo will take part in the international picnic. If you would like to complement your visit to Paleis Het Loo with a picnic, please reserve your picnic basket online a day prior to your arrival.

Tickets to Paleis Het Loo are available at our Cashier's desk.

September: the edible garden

Special guided tours will be organized for regional, national and international visitors during September 2018. The tours are focussed on the history of the gardens and their role on supplying the Royal Table. If you are interested in 'an edible tour', please find more information and make a reservation.

Tickets are available at our Cashier's desk.

 

National Plant Collection

The citrus collection at the palace forms part of the National Plant Collection of the Netherlands and emphasises the historical varieties of bitter orange (Citrus aurantium). Some of the specimens are known to be more than three hundred years old. The citrus trees are inextricably linked to Paleis Het Loo: in the 17th century they formed the centerpiece of the botanical collection belonging to King-Stadtholder Willem III and Queen Mary II. In 2018, the citrus collection can be found near the entrance and stable area during the summer months.

King’s Gardens

In the King’s Gardens and the Upper Garden the espalier fruit, with heirloom fruit varieties, can still be found growing along the walls. Furthermore, the 17th century use of cold frames, will be highlighted.