gardens of Het Loo

Paleis Het Loo is closed

Due to the Renewal & Renovation.


The gardens of Paleis Het Loo are reconstructed to the original 17th-century design of King-stadtholder William III and his wife Queen Mary II, the founders and first inhabitants of Paleis Het Loo. A Dutch Baroque garden, with many symmetrical parterres, impressive fountains and historical planting. The gardens were intended to give prestige and status to William and Mary and impress their guests.

In the early 19th century, the baroque gardens were covered with sand and – in style with the garden trends – made into a landscape park. With winding paths, groves, shrubs and many species of trees. The contrast with the 17th century palace gardens couldn’t be greater. In the 1980’s the garden was remodelled to its original Baroque style. Historical as well as contemporary flowers bring atmosphere to the palace gardens in each season.

Paleis Het Loo has been awarded the official status of ‘botanic garden’ – a reward for decades of dedicated Horticultural professionalism.


From April until October, you can enjoy the fountains. Compared to the gardens in Versailles, those at Paleis Het Loo are more modest in scale. The fountains, however, always spout fresh water thanks to the high level of the ground water, surpass the French ones! The Koningssprong [King’s Leap] was, with its 13 metres, the highest spouting fountain in Europe.

The garden sculptures, gods and goddesses from Greek mythology, all reflect on the theme of growth and flowering of the gardens and emphasise the achievement of turning what was originally a dusty stretch of heathland into a magnificent garden. In the centre stands Venus, the goddess of love.

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