Apeldoorn is a city in the Gelderland Province in the Netherlands. Its location about 60 miles outside Amsterdam makes it perfect for a getaway. Visitors arriving in Apeldoorn will find a variety of attractions and outdoor activities. The Het Loo Palace from 1686 is a magnificent baroque structure with a long history going back to King William III and Queen Mary II. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn by the vastness of the De Hoge Veluwe National Park. The park and the towns nearby are filled with zoos, museums and castles. It will be very hard, if not impossible, to explore all this without getting a car for hire in Apeldoorn.
Despite the name, Paleis Het Loo or Het Loo Palace is not really a palace. It is more of a country home or manor which got designated as a palace simply because it was built in 1686 for the future King and Queen of England. The understated elegance of the Dutch Baroque architecture kept the royals interested in Het Loo for three centuries, until it was finally turned over to the state and converted into a museum. Get a car for rent in Apeldoorn and head out to Koninklijk Park to see Het Loo. It can be reached after a 10-15 minute drive on the N344.
If you take the N304 from Het Loo, you can be in Hoenderloo in about 20 minutes or so. This is the gateway into the amazing world of Het Nationale Park De Hoge Veluwe (De Hoge Veluwe National Park). Spread over almost 14,000 acres, the national park offers an intoxicating mix of art, architecture, and wildlife. Red deer and wild boars roam free all over the park. There are nine different zoos and game parks. The Kröller-Müller Museum will stun you with its collection of Van Goghs, Picassos, and other paintings by the old masters. The Jachthuis Sint Hubertus building in the park is one of the most important monuments in the Netherlands.
Since the Het Loo Palace is the major attraction in town, it follows that the best hotels should be close to it. The hotel that best matches this description is the Best Western Hotel Het Loo, which is close enough to offer guests a view of the Het Loo gardens from their rooms. National park visitors will find the Hotel de Cantharel conveniently located near the park entrance and the Kröller-Müller Museum. Other suitable choices include the Hotel Abbekerk and the Hampshire Apeldoorn.
Another appealing aspect about a stay in Apeldoorn is that Amsterdam is not the only big city nearby. A half dozen other city breaks are within easy driving distance. Book your car rental in Apeldoorn right now and plan for visits to Utrecht, The Hague, Rotterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, and Enschede.
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