Paleis Het Loo
A special setting
Although Paleis Het Loo has been a public museum since 1984, the former royal residence remains a very regal setting.
Unfortunately, the palace itself is currently closed for major renovations. It is due to reopen to the public in 2021. However, that does not mean that there is nothing to see. Far from it. The beautiful gardens and the stables remain open, as do the café and restaurant. Visitors can also access the roof of the palace, which affords spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
The palace gardens have undergone several modifications over the course of the years. The original lakes and ponds were filled in due to Louis Napoleon’s fear of water. Nevertheless, the gardens as they appear today retain the style and form established by the first occupants of the palace, Willem III of Orange (King William III of England) and his wife Mary.
A video impression of Palace Het Loo after the current extensive renovations can be found on the official website. In addition to essential maintenance, the palace is to be expanded to include new underground visitor’s centre, exhibition rooms and a Grand Foyer.
From 2018 Paleis Het Loo looks different than we are used to. The former royal palace has been a museum since 1984, but it is currently closed due to major maintenance and renovation. In 2021 the palace will be open again for visitors. Even though the main building of Paleis Het Loo has been closed for the next three years due to the renovation, from the 30th of March to the 30th of September Paleis Het Loo will be ‘BuitenGewoon Open’: in the gardens, stables and on the forecourt, all kinds of public events will be organized. The palace roof is being opened to the public every day. Via an elevator on the side of the palace, the roof is accessible for a good view of the construction work on the forecourt and an impressive view of the palace gardens. More info: