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Old 01-21-2015, 03:44 AM
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The palace is empty except for some state rooms. Often the ameublement in these rooms were complement with the rest of the interior, so that is why these rooms are still intact.

For the rest the palace looks good on the surface but is technically completely out of date. Everything, from the wiring to the piping, from the heating to the kitchen equipment, from the sanitary to the lighting scheme, everything dates from the last major renovation in the 1930's and the whole building needs to be updated from cellar to rooftop.

Also the state rooms need major renovations: the wallhangings, large paintings, the guilded doors, the chandeliers and candelabras, the marble floors, everything needs restoration and maintenance. Not so strange for a building so intensively used as a family home and a crowded palace for 70 years. See aerial picture.

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Old 07-13-2015, 03:46 AM
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Minister B;lok of Housing has asked people to come up with serious and creative proposals about the future of Soestdijk palace. He has 100.000 euros available to study the 3 or 4 most serious ones.

A comittee has advioced the minister to make such an appeal. They also say that the discussion is urgent. The sollution needs to be 'economically sustainable'. The building and the estate will remain together. Most of the complex needs to be restored and the main building will need to stay open to the public.

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Old 07-13-2015, 01:14 PM
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Sometimes on diverse royal forums I read a plea for Soestdijk being restored and given in royal use again. Until Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard became the inhabitants, the palace has always been used as a summer residence, as a pied-à-terre.

Now in 2015, with all modern transportation available, there is no need for another royal residence. Yes, it would be charming when the Court would use the Royal Palace Amsterdam, Noordeinde, Huis ten Bosch, Soestdijk, Het Loo and the Stadtholderly Court but it is really not the era of three first Kings anymore, when horsedrawn carriages were the main means of transportation.

I have read a suggestion to make a Museum Of The 19th Century, with the palace restored in splendid state and underground floors added for exhibiting the museal collections.

An example: the 17th C Mauritshuis (former palace for Prince Maurits of Nassau-Siegen)

The extension under the 17th C Mauritshuis (this is the foyer leading to the various underground galleries). The modern extension doubled the space of the original 17th C house and nothing can be seen from outside. Wonderfully done.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:21 PM
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The Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (Kingdom's Real Estate Agency) has given four options to be studied further for the future of Soestdijk Palace:

Soestdijk Palace will be restored and the extended domain will be transferred into a sort of Dutch version of The Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew

Soestdijk Palace will be restored and becomes a meet-and-greet for "The Netherlands Incorporated": a center for trade missions, symposiums on innovation, for exhibitions and to host parts of State Visit program schemes.

Soestdijk Palace will be restored but outside in the park pavillions will be created and the domain will become a sort of "Made In Holland" to show the creativity, strength and innovativeness of the Dutch trade and industry.

Soestdijk Palace will be restored and will represent the past. A "House of the Future" will be build in the park. So the past, the present and the future will be connected together.

Each plan has been given 100.000 Euro to work it out in more details. Next year the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf will review the four plans and make a nomination for the Cabinet to decide about the future of Soestdijk Palace and the domains.

Option 1 (Soestdijk Palace restored and the gardens become a sort of Kew Gardens) has topped above the other three options in the various online polls of newspapers.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:38 PM
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I do like the first idea but it will be interesting to see what decision is made in the new year.
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Old 10-25-2016, 02:03 PM
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According to dutch newssite Palace Soestdijk will be sold to the highest bidder
Paleis Soestdijk naar de hoogste bieder | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op
4 Initiatives to transform the palace are still in the running, all intend to also make the palace available for visitors

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Princess Juliana use to visit Soestdijk Palace on April 30th.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by CyrilVladisla View Post
Princess Juliana use to visit Soestdijk Palace on April 30th.
As she lived there she did not need to visit it.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Stefan View Post
As she lived there she did not need to visit it.


Juliana and Bernhard lived there from 1937 untill they both passed away on 2004.

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