Apeldoorn Off The Beaten Path

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    Apeldoorn - De Kathedraal (The Cathedral)

    by vtveen Written Oct 17, 2015

    ‘De Kathedraal’ (The Cathedral) is most probably the most hidden artwork in the Netherlands, being tucked away in the natural vegetation of the ‘Kroondomein’ (Royal Domain) Het Loo. It is absolutely invisible from the main gravel road through the ‘Kroondomein’.

    The artwork was donated (1999) by former Queen Beatrix on the occasion of her sixtieth birthday, underlining the commitment of the House of Orange with this unique nature area behind Palace Het Loo.

    The artwork - realized by the Dutch artist Marinus Boezem - consists of thirty-eight bronze stumps of about one meter high. These stumps mark the locations of the columns and pillars of the interior of the Notre Dame in Reims and are identical to the architectural structure of that cathedral (scale 1: 1) and placed over a length of 125 meters and a width of 35 meters. The flat tops of the stumps are polished and will reflect the sunlight shining through the branches of the trees.

    Directions
    As said ‘De Kathedraal’ is a real off the beaten path sight. It is only accessible by bike or on foot.

    Foot: take bus ‘102’ or ‘104’ from the bus station/railway station to stop Echoput > walk back 300 m. towards Apeldoorn > the first gravel road to the left (Elspeterweg), here is also a small car park > follow that road for 2 km’s to intersection with the Wieselseweg (also a gravel road) > wooden sign ‘Apeldoorn’ or sign ‘Oranjeroute’ > turn right and follow Wieselseweg for 800 m. > turn left on the FIRST gravel road into the forest > after 12o m. a trackway to the right > De Kathedraal after 25 m.

    Bike: from the railway station direction Amersfoort for about 7,5 km’s, just before ‘De Echoput’ turn right on the Elspeterweg (sign ‘Elspeet’); see further above

    Map
    ‘Kroondomein’: http://www.kroondomeinhetloo.nl/media/1052/wandelkaart-houtvesterij.pdf

    Website: http://www.kroondomeinhetloo.nl/kroondomein-het-loo/koninklijke-houtvesterij/de-kathedraal/

    De Kathedraal: some of the 38 stumps Side-way into the forest, towards De Kathedraal
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    Apeldoorn - Elephant barn

    by vtveen Written Oct 14, 2015

    Although born and bread in Apeldoorn I never had heard about an elephant barn in my hometown. But I came across a little booklet with a lot of hidden gems in Apeldoorn and one of them was this barn.

    The last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, Willem V, used Palace Het Loo as summer residence and hunting lodge. He became often animals as a gift and the two Indian elephants 'Hans' and 'Parkie' stayed in this barn from 1786. In 1795 the French seized the menagerie and the animals were transported to Paris.

    Since 1950 the former ‘royal’ orchard is owned by ‘Fruitbedrijf Bouwman’. Nowadays they sell a part of the fruit (apple, pear, plum) in the former Elephant barn. For security reasons - a member of the Dutch royal family is living next door - it is only possible to visit the barn during opening hours of the fruit business (several days from end August till end April).

    Address
    Tuinmanslaan 24a, Apeldoorn

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Fruitbedrijf-Bouwman-312425185603264/

    Elephant barn: exterior Elephant barn: inside
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    Castle Cannenburgh - back to the Middle Ages

    by vtveen Updated Apr 13, 2015

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    We always like to visit ‘Castle Cannenburgh’ in the village of Vaassen, less than 10 km’s north of Apeldoorn. It is a real old castle, already built in the 15th century by Marshal Marten van Rossem. This classic castle, surrounded by a moat, has still the spirit of a medieval place with its old brick walls.

    The castle can be vistied and you will be impressed by the interior with lots of furniture, paintings and porcelain, all showed to the visitors in several rooms. It is just like ‘Marten van Rossem’ may enter one of them any moment. The tour will bring you to the chapel, a library, living- and bedrooms and the dark and creepy cellars.

    Next to the castle lies a beautiful park with a couple of ponds.

    You will find also a gift shop and an information center. There is also a café restaurant ('t Koetshuis) with a nice terrace. Great to have your coffee/tea, lunch or dinner with a view of this lovely castle.

    Information
    Opening hours and entrance fee: see website

    Directions
    address: Maarten van Rossumplein 4, Vaassen
    accessible (from Apeldoorn) by car or bicycle, or by bus line 90.

    Website: http://www.glk.nl/82/locatie/?locatie=13

    Castle Cannenburgh Castle Cannenburgh, summer bridge over the moat Marten van Rossem, waiting for visitors Castle Cannenburgh, autumn
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    Castle Staverden - just strolling around

    by vtveen Updated Nov 22, 2014

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    Although not really in Apeldoorn - about 20km's away - I think this could be a very nice (half) day trip.

    Castle Staverden isn’t a real castle, but more a manor. In popular speech it is still called ‘castle’ because of its history of more than 800 years and the fact that four buildings have been built on this place. The first one was a hunting lodge used by the counts and dukes of Gelre, dating back to 1298.
    The same year Staverden became city rights - granted by German King Rudolf to count Reinout of Gelderland - and nowadays most probably is the smallest city on earth with its 40 inhabitants living in the manor and farmhouses of the estate. The present ‘castle’ was built in 1905.

    Although living rather close to this castle we never visited it till one of these lovely sunny autumn days during the end of October 2009. From the car park we walked in the restored 17th century garden of the castle, surrounded by a moat and a stream called ‘Staverdense Beek’. We passed the peacock statue, an ice cellar and an old grave having a tombstone with inscription ‘Leonora 1353’, before reaching the buildings existing of the former stables and the renovated house, which is not open for public.

    In another corner of the garden stand an old water mill and a barn. The water mill itself is not open for visitors, but we could come very close and had a view of the water wheel. The barn has been altered into a visitor center with all kinds of information of Castle Staverden and the estate and a small shop selling gifts and local authentic products.

    Castle and garden are surrounded by streams, a pond and old striking trees (during our ‘fall visit’ with colourful golden leaves), being part of an estate which is situated in the middle of one of the most beautiful forests of the Netherlands. We finished our stroll around Castle Staverden on the terrace of the former Orangery (since April 2009 a café/restaurant) enjoying our coffee and the beautiful entourage.

    (It is also possible to make some longer walks along marked trails - will do it during a next visit. If following the red or yellow posts you will see the white peacocks. These animals have always been kept on Castle Staverden, the reason why it is also called ‘Peacock Castle’. Dukes of Gelre used to wear the feathers on their helmets.)

    Directions
    Road to Amersfoort (N 344) till Nieuw-Milligen > roundabout direction Harderwijk > second roundabout directiion Staverden (Gardenseweg) > turn right Staverdense weg > Castle Staverden, Staverdenseweg 283, Staverden

    Website: http://beleefstaverden.nl/

    Castle Staverden Castle Staverden Castle Staverden - water mill Castle Staverden - shop/information center Castle Staverden - Orangery
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    Middelste Molen - authentic paper mill

    by vtveen Updated Oct 19, 2013

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    “De Middelste Molen” is the only authentic paper factory on the Veluwe, which still exists and where paper is made on the same way as ‘hundred years’ ago. As a matter of fact the mill started to produce paper in the year of 1622 !! The factory is situated in a mill along the Voorsterbeek/Loenense Molenbeek (a brook) using the power of the water coming from the hills of the Veluwe.

    In 1895 the factory became a steam engine, so it was no longer dependent on the quantity of water in the brook. The commercial production of paper was closed down in 1969. The factory was in very bad condition, when the first restorations were made in 1994.

    Nowadays there is a professional miller (Piet Zegers) and a lot of volunteers. They do succeed to produce very special kinds of paper. It is quite unique to visit this factory/mill/museum.

    There is a small reception where you can have a drink and a 'paper shop'.

    Information
    Opening hours: Wednesday till Saturday from 10.00 – 16.00 hours. From May till October, also on Tuesday (same hours)
    Address: Kanaal Zuid 497, Loenen (Veluwe); about 15 km's south east from Apeldoorn
    Directions: www.viamichelin.com
    Accessible: by car or bike, not with public transportation
    Entrance fee (2013) : adults 5 euro and children 2,50 euro.

    Phone: 055 - 505 2911

    Website: http://www.demiddelstemolen.nl

    De Middelste Molen: still a paper factory De Middelste Molen: factory - mill - museum Loenense Molenbeek: (little) power of water De Middelste Molen: machinery in the factory/mill de Middelste Molen: paper shop
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    Sand Hills on the Veluwe

    by vtveen Updated Aug 20, 2013

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    About 15 km's west of Apeldoorn is situated the so called "Kootwijkerzand". A huge area of shifting (inland) sand dunes in the middle of the Veluwe with lots of walking tracks.
    (www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/doen/dagjeuit/zelfoppad/details.asp?LOC_ID=61)

    One of the most remote parts of the Veluwe and wonderful to walk around during every season. Or just sit on one of the dunes and enjoy this impressive scenery of wind-shaped sand hills or the warmth of the sun; out of the wind it seems always to be a couple of degrees warmer than elsewhere.

    After your visit drink a cup of coffee or tea in the village of Kootwijk with a lovely old church.

    Directions
    About 15 km's west of Apeldoorn; see for directions www.michelin.com
    Only accessible by car (or bycicle).

    Website: http://www.theveluwe.com/see_and_do/out_and_about_endless_possibilities/gardens_en_parks/kootwijkerzand.html

    Kootwijkerzand: impressive scenery living skies above the Veluwe a huge sandbox Nortsea coast, Sahara ....just Kootwijkerzand Peppi loves the sand hills
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    Kootwijk – small village on the Veluwe

    by vtveen Updated Aug 20, 2013

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    Most probably Kootwijk ('cote' = sheep fold / 'wick' = area) used to have a lot of sheep folds. But nowadays there is just a sculpture of some sheep on the square in the centre of this small village. On the same (green) square you will find a very old church. It is said it has been build in the 17th century: simple but impressive.

    Besides these two sights Kootwijk is an ideal starting point for exploring one of the biggest shifting sand dunes in Europe: Kootwijkerzand (see special tip) and making a walk or bike tour through the lovely surrounding area.

    Kootwijk has a couple of camping grounds, holiday park and a hotel/cafe/restaurant 't Hilletje.

    Directions
    about 15 km's west of Apeldoorn;
    see www.viamichelin.com

    Website: http://www.vvvkootwijk.nl

    Kootwijk:  'Brink' - centre of the village Kootwijk: sheep sculpture Kootwijk: impressive small church Kootwijk: window of the church Kootwijk: 't Hilletje
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    Radio Kootwijk – former transmitting station

    by vtveen Updated Aug 20, 2013

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    After World War I a huge transmitting station was built on the shifting-sands of Kootwijk. In the beginning there was nothing but sand and woods. Of course the station needed workers and so a 'whole' village did arise with houses and even a hotel; all in the middle of nowhere, about 15 km’s west of Apeldoorn.
    This station was necessary to ensure reliable communications between the Netherlands and its overseas territories.

    At the end of the last century new technical developments did make this kind of transmitters redundant. Most of the buildings and the masts were pulled down, but the main building was saved. This huge concrete building - officially 'Gebouw A' - is commonly called "de Kathedraal" (the Cathedral) and was and is the landmark of Radio Kootwijk; an important piece of industrial history.

    The settlement has also a water tower - with a height of almost 38 meters - from the same architect as the 'Cathedral': J.M. Luthmann. Water was used for cooling the transmitting station ans as drinkwater for the inhabitants.

    The historical buildings are now owned by 'Staatsbosbeheer' (a government institution), which will redeveloped the buildings and surrounding nature.

    In Radio Kootwijk you still can see the houses of the workers. Some of them in rows, whose corner houses were occupied by the bosses. Detached houses were destined for a doctor and the director of the transmitting station.
    Opposite the row of houses, just on a triangle of roads, are two small monuments, as reminders of the transmitting history of the village.

    Directions
    Radio Kootwijk is only accessible by car or bike.
    see: www.viamichelin.com

    Website: http://radiokootwijk.free.fr/index.php?section=1

    Radio Kootwijk - Radio Kootwijk: industrial monument Radio Kootwijk - row of houses Radio Kootwijk - water tower Radio Kootwijk - interior of the main building
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    Man With Two Hats

    by vtveen Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    This is a monument to mark the 55th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and to serve as a lasting reminder of the role of Canadian soldiers in securing that freedom.

    The statue was unveiled by Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet, who lives in Apeldoorn.

    The monument symbolizes the historic bonds between Canada and the Netherlands. It is a mysterous figure, which seems to be waving both hands with a hat in each one.

    In November an annual memorial takes place around this monument to honour the 7000 Canadian war victims during the liberation of the Netherlands. In 2005 a special plaque, a gift of the Canadian Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, was unveiled. This gift was already given to the people of Apeldoorn during the celebrations in May.

    More info (in Dutch): http://www.4en5mei.nl/oorlogsmonumenten/zoeken/monument-detail/_rp_main_elementId/1_1722

    The monument is situated nearby the entrance of 'Het Loo Palace', an absolutely must see site in Apeldoorn.

    Two years after the unveiling in the Netherlands Ottawa (Canada) became exectly the same monuemnt. See for more info: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1b3ff2/

    Directions
    Car: follow the signs 'Paleis Het Loo' along highways A1-A50.
    Public transport from the railway/bus station:
    - lines 102, 104, 400 - stop 'Paleis Het Loo';
    - lines 16, 202 - stop 'Gedenknaald'.
    On foot: 40 minutes from the railway station.

    See also
    Maple Leaf Monument.

    Man with Two Hats the site of the monument special plaque

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    Mariakerk - a national monument

    by vtveen Updated Jun 25, 2013

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    The Mariakerk is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption is commonly called St. Mary's Church. She is the first and long time the only Catholic church in Apeldoorn; was built in 1895 and in 1898 put into service. The building is a fine example of Gothic Revival, the style format of Catholic churches expressing a reliving of the medieval Gothic.
    The ship was built after a design of architect J.W. Boerbooms. In 1901 began the second phase, the construction of a transept and a choir, designed by the architects J.Th.J. Cuypers and J. Stuyt. The third phase, a 70m high west tower was never built due to a lack of money.

    Although being a national monument I never really visited the Mariakerk - or as it is officially named ‘Onze Lieve Vrouwe Ten Hemelopneming’ - in my hometown; especially because it has limited opening hours for visitors, beside its regular services and during special events.
    But they opened the church for visitors (since 2010) on Saturdays in July and August.

    I often had seen the rather sober and basic exterior of the church, partly hidden behind a modern apartment complex, but I was really surprised by the beauty of its interior. The church is rather bright and has a offers a kind of warmth with its colours and brick ceilings.
    The walls of the aisles do have wonderful Stations of the Cross, painted by Wynand Geraerdts. He also painted the murals above the arches. Throughout the church there are even more paintings and a couple of wonderful stained-glass windows.
    At the end of the church stands the beautiful (old) high altar, made by Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg.

    I could visit the ‘Schatkamer’ accompanied by one of the volunteers. This ‘Treasury Room’ is located on the first floor and has a lot of religious artefacts - bibles, crosses, clothes and other knick-knacks - from the parish.
    At the entrance of the church is a small ‘shop’ with information and photos of the church.

    Information
    Opening hours (hope they will continue to open the church for visitors):
    Saturdays in July and August 11.00 am - 2.00 pm and during special events, (music) performances and the regular services.

    Direction: Hoofdstraat 20, Apeldoorn; nearby the railway station of Apeldoorn.

    Website: http://www.rkapeldoorn.nl/emmausparochie/parochiekerk

    Mariakerk Mariakerk - interior Mariakerk - Sations of the Cross Mariakerk - (former) high altar Mariakerk - 'Schatkamer'
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    Gift for Queen Beatrix

    by vtveen Updated Jun 10, 2013

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    Saturday August 13 of the year 2005 (former) Queen Beatrix unveiled this stained-glass window in the 'Grote Kerk' in Apeldoorn.

    This very colourful window is a present from the citizens and employers of the town as a tribute for the 25 years of being queen of the Netherlands.

    This window is put into the church on the left side of the pulpit and the huge church organ (on the other side is a window in honour of former Queen Wilhelmina).

    Artist Huub Kurvers designed this stained window with several coats of arms and the colours of our national flag: red, white and blue.

    See for openinghours of the church my other tip about the Grote Kerk.

    Directions
    Grote Kerk, Loolaan 16, Apeldoorn
    On walking distance of the city center of Apeldoorn.

    very Dutch: red, white and blue
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    Het Oude Loo

    by vtveen Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    An old hunting castle, next to the more well-known Palace Het Loo (now a museum), most probably built in the 16th century.

    Nowadays used by the Dutch royal family for ceremonies and to accommodate (foreign) visitors.

    Castle: closed for public
    Gardens around the castle: open for public ONLY in April and May.
    During these months lots of blooming rhododendrons and azalea's around the castle and a huge pond behind the castle. English style garden with impressive trees. At the entrance to the castle is a 'natural' labyrinth (left hand side).

    'Het Oude Loo' is located in the middle of 'Het Paleispark', which offers some nice walks; from the main entrance are three signposted (loop)walks (3, 5 and 7 km's).

    Entrance: car park Palace Het Loo; there is a ticket machine at the left side of the car park and you need euro coins to pay (2010: entrance fee € 1,50 - seniors and children € 0,50). (With the same ticket you also can visit the Paleispark/Park of the Palace)

    Directions
    Car: follow the signs 'Paleis Het Loo' along highways A1-A50.
    Public transport from the railway/bus station:
    - lines 102, 104, 400 - stop 'Paleis Het Loo';
    - lines 16, 202 - stop 'Gedenknaald'.
    On foot: 40 minutes from the railway station.

    Website: http://www.kroondomeinhetloo.nl

    Het Oude Loo Het Oude Loo: waterfall with pond Het Oude Loo: pond Het Oude Loo, spring Het Oude Loo, rear of the castle
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    Paleispark

    by vtveen Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    The Paleispark (Park of the Palace) is part of the so called 'Kroondomein Het Loo', a large forest behind the Palace Het Loo.

    The Paleispark is the part close to the palace and was used by the royal family (who lived here for years) for walks and hunting. There are also a tea- bath and a boathouse on the shore of one of the romantic lakes. Everywhere are small streams and wells.

    Excellent for walks; from the main entrance are three signposted (loop)walks (3, 5 and 7 km's).
    Entrance: car park Palace Het Loo; there is a ticket machine at the left side of the car park and you need euro coins to pay (2010: entrance fee € 1,50 - / seniors and children € 0,50).
    (ONLY during April and May you also can visit the gardens around the castle Het Oude Loo with the same ticket)

    Directions
    Car: follow the signs 'Paleis Het Loo' along highways A1-A50.
    Public transport from the railway/bus station:
    - lines 102, 104, 400 - stop 'Paleis Het Loo';
    - line 16, 202 - stop 'Gedenknaald'.
    On foot: 40 minutes from the railway station.

    Website: http://www.kroondomeinhetloo.nl

    View from the Teahouse monument in the Paleispark The Bathhouse The Teahouse view to the Palace Het Loo
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    De Naald - our tallest monument

    by vtveen Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    ‘De Naald’ - in Apeldoorn also called De Gedenknaald - is with its height of 17 meters (56 feet) the tallest monument of my hometown and a landmark in the North-western part - were I live - of the city. The obelisk-liked monument is made of stone and surrounded by an iron fence and stone bollards.

    ‘De Naald’ (The Needle) is located on the intersection of the Amersfoortse- and Zwolseweg, just in front of one of the impressive tree lined drive ways to Palace Het Loo. Of course ‘De Naald’ has a ‘royal’ spot, because it was a gift of the citizens of Apeldoorn to Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik, who used to live in ‘Het Loo’. Beside it was dedicated to Queen Emma and her husband King Willem III.

    When Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik were married on 7 February 1901, ‘De Naald’ was not yet ready; it was unveiled by Queen Wilhelmina a month later on 9 March 1901. One side of De Naald shows on a bronze plate the portraits in profile of Emma and Willem III; on another side is a plaque with the text:

    Gesticht
    door de Ingezetenen
    der Gemeente Apeldoorn
    als eene dankbare hulde
    aan de
    DOORLUCHTIGE OUDERS
    van Hare Majesteit
    KONINGIN WILHELMINA.

    English translation: Founded by the Residents of the Municipality of Apeldoorn as a grateful tribute to the illustrious parents of Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina.

    ‘De Naald’ became world famous on April 30 2009, when the perpetrator of the Queens Day attack crashed with its car into the fence and stone bollards of the monument. Since 29.04.2009 the is Queen’s Day Attack Monument just opposite ‘De Naald’

    Directions
    Intersection Zwolseweg and Amersfoortseweg, nearby Palace Het Loo.
    By car: follow the signs 'Paleis Het Loo' along the highways A1 and A50.
    By regular buses from the railway/bus station:
    - lines 102, 104, 400 - stop 'Paleis Het Loo'
    - lines 16, 202 - stop 'Gedenknaald'
    On foot: 40 minutes from the railway/bus station.

    De Naald Portraits of King Willem III and Queen Emma De Naald with the drive way to Palace Het Loo
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    Queen’s Day Attack Monument

    by vtveen Updated Apr 9, 2013

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    One year after the terrible attack on Queen’s Day 2009 a permanent monument to the victims was unveiled by Queen Beatrix and Mayor De Graaf. The monument was designed by glass artist Menno Jonker.

    This Queen's Day Attack Monument (Herinneringsmonument 30 april 2009) is a granite box containing several glass balloons, which symbolize vulnerability, celebration and mourning; seven white balloons represent the seven innocent victims who died in the attack. The artist has chosen the colour white, because it is used for mourning, especially to give expression to a link between death and a kind of hope.
    If possible visit the monument (also) in the evening; for me the place and monument are more impressive and even look a little bit mysterious with lights shining through the balloons (see one of the photo's).

    The names of the seven victims are engraved in the armoured glass plate, which is placed on the box with balloons. Next to the names is a Dutch text:

    Een schrikverbleekte wereld stokte,
    de nacht viel zwart de dag binnen ...

    The monument - 180 cm wide and 64 cm high - has been placed opposite the ‘Naald’, a monument in Apeldoorn where the car of the perpetrator of the attack on the Dutch Royal Family - during Queens Day 2009 - crashed.

    Directions
    Car: follow the signs 'Paleis Het Loo' along highways A1-A50.
    Public transport from the railway/bus station:
    - lines 102, 104, 400 - stop 'Paleis Het Loo';
    - lines 16, 202 - stop 'Gedenknaald'.
    On foot: 40 minutes from the railway station.

    Queen?s Day Attack Monument the monument a couple of hours after the unveiling Queen?s Day Attack Monument, the balloons Queen?s Day Attack Monument, evening 2009: temporary flower memorial

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