Palace Soestdijk, former royal residence
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Soestdijk used to be the residence of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard.
In 1937 Princess Juliana and Prince Bernard moved in. In 1948 Juliana succeeded her mother as queen and it became the royal residence. In 1980 as Princess Beatrix became queen Soestdijk lost its status of royal residence, but (then again) Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard continued to reside in Soestdijk until their deaths in 2004.
Only during World War II , when the
Since the passing of Prince Bernard (in 2004) the palace is empty.
There is still no decision made what to do with the historical building in the future.
For the time being you can visit the park (on your own) and even visit the palace (only by guided tour).
To visit the park you can buy a ticket at the entrance (€ 5), to book the guided tour (€ 12,50) you can only make reservations through the internet: www.paleissoestdijk.nl (where you can read more about the history of the palace too).
The years Juliana was queen of the
As a little girl I was always impressed by the flowers and the royal family watching the festivities from the steps of the palace.
Visiting (part of) the palace the building turned out to be much smaller than I expected.
The guided tour shows part of the official rooms (still with furniture), the private offices of Juliana and Bernard (no furniture in there anymore, but photos how it used to be) and the kitchen. It was very special to me to be in this building which seemed so unreachable as I was a child.
I hope they will find a nice destination for Palace Soestdijk!!!
It is not allowed to take photos inside the palace, so I can only show pictures from the outside and the park.