|Het Oude Loo|
Het Oude Loo in 2006
|Address||Koninklijk Park 17|
|Current tenants||Dutch Royal Family|
|Dutch Rijksmonument 8175|
Het Oude Loo (Dutch pronunciation: [ɦɛt ˈʌudə loː]; The Old Woods) is a 15th-century castle on the estate of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. The castle was built as a hunting lodge and is surrounded by a moat. The castle is currently used by the Dutch Royal Family as a country house and guest residence. It is not open for the public.
The castle was built in the 15th century. In 1684, the castle and the surrounding land was bought by William III of Orange. On this land, he had Het Loo Palace built. The castle was used by the court as, among other things, an apothecary. In the 19th century the castle came into the hands of Louis Napoleon who filled up the moat. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands had the castle and the moat restored by architect Pierre Cuypers. Since 1968, the castle has been owned by the Dutch state. In 1973, it became a national heritage site. The castle is currently used by the Dutch Royal Family as a country house and guest residence.
The gardens of the castle have a statue pond, a maze made out of beech trees, and an outdoor bowling alley. The gardens can be visited in the months of April and May.
- (in Dutch) Monumentnummer: 8175 - Het Oude Loo, Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed. Retrieved on 5 March 2014.
- Oude Loo Castle Archived 2014-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, Het Loo Royal Estate. Retrieved on 5 March 2014.
- (in Dutch) Kasteel Het Oude Loo, Geheugen van Apeldoorn. Retrieved on 5 March 2014.
- Het Loo Palace Archived 2014-02-11 at the Wayback Machine, Dutch Royal House. Retrieved on 5 March 2014.
- Media related to Het Oude Loo Castle at Wikimedia Commons