Top 6 Things To Do in Apeldoorn, Netherlands | 2024

Things To Do Mar 23, 2024

Discovering Apeldoorn: A Gem in the Netherlands

On my latest adventure, I set out to explore the enchanting city of Apeldoorn, nestled in the heart of the Netherlands. This hidden treasure offers a blend of natural beauty, royal history, and thrilling adventures that beckon travelers from near and far. Here’s a glimpse into some of the best experiences Apeldoorn has to offer.

Apenheul

At Apenheul, I embarked on an unforgettable journey amidst free-roaming monkeys and dense greenery. The spacious park promises an all-day adventure with its diverse monkey species, from the tiny squirrel monkeys to the majestic gorillas. Though the gorilla show steals the spotlight (despite being primarily in Dutch), the chance to get close to these fascinating creatures in a respectful environment was unparalleled. Despite the park's limited dining options, the unique experience of closely observing these primates in a natural-like habitat makes Apenheul a must-visit.

Monkeys at Apenheul

Paleis Het Loo

Stepping into the grandeur of Paleis Het Loo, I felt like I was walking through the pages of history. This beautifully renovated royal palace, once the residence of William III, is a stunning example of Dutch Renaissance architecture bordered by meticulous French formal gardens. Inside, the palace unfolds in rooms adorned with Renaissance, Baroque, and Empire styles, offering a mesmerizing peek into the past. While the catering options and ventilation could be improved, the majesty of the palace and its sprawling gardens are undeniably awe-inspiring.

Paleis Het Loo

Park Berg en Bos

My adventure continued at Park Berg en Bos, a sprawling park that is far more than meets the eye. From the exhilarating Klimbos (tree climbing) to the serene scenic walks, it's a perfect spot for family picnics and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The park’s unexpected attractions like the Ape Empire and high tree zip lines add an element of excitement to the natural beauty. Remember to bring an extra set of clothes for the kids – the mud pile and water pump ensure they have a blast!

Park Berg en Bos

Klimbos Apeldoorn

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Klimbos Apeldoorn offers an unparalleled tree-climbing experience. With routes for both adults and children, this climbing park challenges visitors while ensuring their safety. Zip-lining through towering trees and tackling various courses brings a sense of accomplishment and joy that’s hard to match. The friendly staff and the beautiful natural setting make it a highly recommended adventure spot.

Klimbos Apeldoorn

Kroondomein Het Loo

The expansive Kroondomein Het Loo is a testament to the natural and royal heritage of the Netherlands. Whether it's walking among the deer, exploring the palatial gardens, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the forest, there’s something deeply calming about this place. The diversity of the estate, with its historical buildings, wildlife, and captivating landscapes, secures its spot as a must-see in Apeldoorn.

Kroondomein Het Loo

Paleispark Kroondomein Het Loo

Lastly, the Paleispark Kroondomein Het Loo combines lush landscapes with a regal backdrop, offering a serene escape into nature’s embrace. The recent renovations have added a modern touch to the historical allure, making it an essential addition to any Apeldoorn itinerary. With expansive gardens, high-tech facilities, and a glimpse into royal history, it’s a place where time seems to stand still.

Paleispark Kroondomein Het Loo

Apeldoorn, with its blend of natural beauty, thrilling adventures, and a rich royal heritage, is a destination that truly offers something for everyone. From the monkey-filled forests of Apenheul to the historical wonders of Paleis Het Loo and the adventures at Klimbos, your visit to this charming Dutch city is bound to be filled with unforgettable memories.

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Alex

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