Apeldoorn is a city in the center of the Netherlands in the province of Gelderland with approximately 150,000 residents. It is a relatively new city, although it has a long history going back to the 700’s as a small village. The city is located in an area called the Veluwe, a large nature reserve. Few cities in the Netherlands can match Apeldoorn in terms of quality of living and surrounding landscape.
Apeldoorn is probably best known as the location of the palace “Het Loo”. Built in the 17th century, it is now the summer home of the Dutch royal family. Although the palace itself is a wonderful place, probably the best part of it for tourists are its impressive gardens.
Another well know attraction in Apeldoorn is the Apenheul, a world-famous zoo that is home to several monkey and ape communities. You are a guest between monkeys, that walk around freely in this spacious, green habitat.
Apeldoorn today is known as a happy and modern place to live. It has lots of green spaces, good facilities and a main line train terminus and plenty of work opportunities. Apeldoorn offers great student life and is home to a wide range of museums. If you enjoy the outdoors and cultural venues, Apeldoorn is your city.
If you are going shopping in Apeldoorn you will find all of the usual brands and department stores as you would get in any big town, in the Hoofdstraat and the Oranjerie, is a very modern shopping mall. But if your taste in shopping is a bit more off beat, then you will find antique, art and alternative shops on the Asselsestraat.
There are many places to eat in Apeldoorn, apart from all of the usual fast food establishments, there are some great local eateries and restaurants as well.
The city is only about 90km from Amsterdam and you can get with the train from Schiphol airport Amsterdam straight to Apeldoorn in just over an hour.