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  • Landgoed Oranjewoud.
    Landgoed Oranjewoud.
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  • Pauline on het way to the Klokkenstoel.
    Pauline on het way to the Klokkenstoel.
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  • The Oranjestein mansion at Oranjewoud
    The Oranjestein mansion at Oranjewoud
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    Oranjewoud - Amazing mansions.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 23, 2013
    The Oranjestein mansion at Oranjewoud
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    The area on which the estate is located was named ‘t Wold and used to be woodland only. Right at the time the dutch princess Albertine Agnes van Nassau bought it, she renamed it into Oranjewoud. In those days it was quite fashionable to have a country house and she gave the assignment to create a beautiful estate with long lanes, canals and gardens in baroque style. This dutch princes was the first in a row of dutch royals who visited the place, like John William Friso and William V (both Princes of Orange). During the French Revolution the main palace was demolished and the estate was sold to the Frisian nobility. Some of them demolished buildings and had built some other mansions giving the entire estate some amazing grandeur.

    The estate is made up of several parts giving more than enough space to hike and walk around. I always love to walk here, the variety of nature and stunning buildings is just entrancing. The most efficient tour to walk will lead you directly along the most beautiful mansions. It’s a must do to have a good look at the Landgoed Oranjewoud ‘castle’, the Oranjestein (the only building that actually still has inhabitants) and the classic Klein Jagtlust estate. After the hike you’re able to have a refreshment, or even lunch, at the grand café Tjaarda. Oranjewoud is definitely Heerenveen’s most visited landmark and I love it, because it is a huge oasis in the middle of the daily madness of the city. It is full of history, stunning woods and quacking ducks, on a fine day (few and far between!) thronged with some tourists and office workers. So I can honestly state that it is a real melting pot right next to the city of Heerenveen.

    Address: Oranjewoud, Heerenveen.
    Directions: Just outside the city of Heerenveen at the eastern part of the town.

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    Oranjewoud - The Klokkenstoel.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 23, 2013
    The Klokkenstoel at the cemetery.
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    The Oranjewoud estate was built in and around 1676. The construction of the park was an initiative of the royals of the Netherlands, it was a part of the former Oranjewoud Palace. The park was designed by landscape architect Daniël Marot (known for his work at the royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn) in a French Baroque style. Oranjewoud is a huge area of wooden areas, open spaces, a garden, beautiful lanes and is open for recreational use. It is completely owned and maintained by the local government. Maybe you need some fantasy, but this park resembles a savannah or even open woodlands, both the types of landscape that people find most relaxing. The grass is typically kept short to discourage insect pests and to allow for the enjoyment of picnics and sporting activities. There are a lot of trees and they are chosen for their beauty and to provide shade on a beautiful sunny day.

    In my opinion Oranjewoud has one very typical spot to visit, namely the so called Klokkenstoel. This is a standalone belfry at a cemetery and quite specific for the dutch province of Friesland in which Oranjewoud is located. The Klokkenstoel of Oranjewoud is located a bit off the beaten path at the north eastern part of the estate. The hike towards it is very nice with some beautiful laborer’s cottages on both sides of the road. The cemetery is quite old and the Klokkenstoel is built in the 13th century. The entrance to the cemetery is open en free, keep in mind to act and walk around with respects … of course.

    Address: Oranjewoud, Heerenveen.
    Directions: Just outside the city of Heerenveen at the eastern part of the town.

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    Oranjewoud - Beautiful estate.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 23, 2013
    Landgoed Oranjewoud.

    At some point of being a VT member it amazed me that I never took time to write a tip about this beautiful park called Oranjewoud right next to the city my girlfriend lives. I have created quite some footsteps at this particular estate. About a week ago I was in Heerenveen again and at this particular Sunday morning the sun was shining and once again we walked down the beautiful lanes and along the amazing white manorial estates and villas. At that time I immediately said to myself “I must write some tips about this beautiful park.” And finally today (as you can read) I took time to actually do it! I had no camera with me, so the pictures are taken with my mobile phone. For sure I will take my camera along at some point and treat you at nicer pictures, but these will give you a nice idea of the estate.

    Around the world the first parks were deer parks, land set aside for hunting by royalty and the aristocracy in medieval times. They had walls or thick hedges around them to keep game in and people out. As cities became crowded, the private hunting grounds became places for the public. With the Industrial revolution parks took on a new meaning as areas set aside to preserve a sense of nature in the cities and towns. Sporting activity came to be a major use for these urban parks. Heerenveen kept on growing, but the estate Oranjewoud remained and that for sure is very good thing. You will find Oranjewoud at the eastern tip of the city and is actually located next to the small neighborhoods with the same name “Oranjewoud”.

    Address: Oranjewoud, Heerenveen.
    Directions: Just outside the city of Heerenveen at the eastern part of the town.

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