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Palace Het Loo
Local name: Paleis Het Loo
Paleis Het Loo Apeldoorn is the former palace of the Dutch ruling family. Until 1975 it was used as a royal summer residence, from 1984 it is a museum. You can see the interior in which crowned heads lived and worked for 300 years. Stables and coach houses built for Queen Wilhelmina (1880-1962) are an interesting object. The greatest fame is brought to the Het Loo Palace by the beautifully restored 17th-century Baroque gardens.
The Paleis Het Loo gardens, although more modest, have been compared many times with Versailles. Famous for its countless fountains, the residence of the kings of France could not match Het Loo with the height of water poles - the Royal Jump fountain, spurting 13 meters upwards, was at the time of construction the largest water fountain in Europe. Sculptures, fountains, hedges, geometrized, carefully maintained boxwood and floral rugs of the Het Loo gardens were second to none.
In the years 1980–1984 a large-scale reconstruction of the palace gardens was carried out. The next one took place in 2007-2015. Thanks to this, Het Loo gardens are currently one of the most beautiful baroque layouts in Europe.