The foundation of Soestdijk Palace dates back to the seventeenth century and it was inhabited by members of the Royal Family until 2006. Ever since, the palace has been open to the public and offers tours that allow you to learn more about this majestic building.
- Palace Soestdijk was the residence of members of the royal family until 2006.
- Wander through the vast palace gardens.
- Enjoy drinks or a royal lunch at the Oranjerie.
Inhabitants of Soestdijk
Soestdijk Palace was built in the seventeenth century as a country house, by the mayor of Amsterdam. King William II ultimately had it converted into a true summer palace.Throughout the centuries, many members of the Royal Family have lived in the palace; from King Willem II and his wife Anna Paulowna in 1815 to Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard in 2004. Soestdijk was a place where they received important guests, such as Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill. During the French and German occupations, in 1795 and 1940 respectively, the palace was inhabited by army officers.
Walk through the palace gardens
Not just the palace itself is gorgeous, the gardens are also worth a visit. The landscape garden and its pond, the winding brook and the lawns were all constructed in the early nineteenth century at the order of King Louis Napoleon. From May to October, there are regular guided tours of the palace gardens.
Tour at the Palace
Enjoy the historical ambiance at Soestdijk Palace and its green surroundings. You can only discover the palace with a guided tour. These tours are held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and reservations have to be made well in advance.