Soestdijk Royal Palace

Soestdijk Royal Palace

Soestdijk Royal Palace

Soestdijk Royal Palace

Soestdijk Royal Palace

Royal Palace

Royal Palace Soestdijk was the residence of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Originally built as a hunting lodge, it became the property of the Dutch royal family in the early 19th century, who extended the lodge to become the palace that it is now. The palace has been the summer residence of several Dutch kings and queens.

In 1937, the newly-wed Princess Juliana chose Soestdijk Palace as her residence. When her mother, Queen Wilhelmina, abdicated, Juliana became Queen of the Netherlands, and Soestdijk Palace the royal residence. Soestdijk remained the official royal residence until Queen Juliana abdicated, in 1980. Nowadays the royal residence is in Den Haag.

Queen Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard, continued to live in Soestdijk until 2004, when they both passed away. The palace, state property since 1971, is now empty. At the moment no decision is made about what to do with the palace, and pending this decision the palace is open to the public.

Soestdijk Palace Gardens

Palace Gardens

If you visit the palace, take a stroll through the beautiful gardens too! The photo of the garden was taken in the fall, when the trees have their beautiful fall colors.

The palace can be reached by bus from the train stations Hilversum and Amersfoort, or by taxi from train station Baarn. For opening times and other practical information visit their official website (available in Dutch only).

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