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Old 12-03-2004, 04:56 AM
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The Present & Future Use of Palace Soestdijk

I hope that Maxima and Willem-Alexander will be living there. It is such a wonderful palace! But an expensive restoration in order to reside the cronwprince and princess is out of the question I think. They just settled in Wassenaar (which was quite expensive as well) and it would be more practical for them to live near The Hague.
Anyway, if I had my way they would move in and Constantijn and Laurentien could use the villa in Wassenaar?
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Old 12-03-2004, 10:32 AM
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I hope that Maxima and Willem-Alexander will be living there. It is such a wonderfull, warm palace! But a expensive restoration in order to reside the cronwprince and princess is out of the question I think, they just settled in Wassenaar (which was quite expensive as well) and it would be more practical for them to live near The Hague.
Anyway, if I had my way they would move in and Constantijn and Laurentien could use the villa in Wassenaar?
I hope and think that Her Majesty will not allow the palace where she spent her childhood, the familyhome etc will be turned into a museum. Soestdijk is the most 'private' palace the royal family has.
I hope that members of the family of could live there and allow certain areas to be open to the public during certain times of the year as a museum. I think that the Windsors do that with one of their estates.
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Old 04-24-2006, 06:09 AM
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The Present & Future Use of Palace Soestdijk

Today minister Sybilla Dekker will announce what will be done with Palace Soestdijk in the future. The goverment has decided on friday in the cabinetmeeting about this matter. The family owned it since 1674 (bought by stadholder Willem III), in 1971 Juliana and Bernhard sold the palace to the state.

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Old 04-24-2006, 05:22 PM
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About Soestdijk: the minister announced that the palace will be open for the public the next 3 years. For 12,5 euros you can visit it. It is not clear what will happen to the palace afterwards, the RF has made it clear they do NOT want to live there or use it as a building for guests :(
What a waste....
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Old 09-09-2006, 05:17 AM
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I read yesterday in ´Metro´ that Palace Soestdijk is the most likely building where the goverment will locate the ´National Museum´.
Under the circumstances one of the best destinations possible for the palace IMO.
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Dear Marengo, this National Museum wil not be located in Palace Soestdijk, but in The Hague.
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:54 PM
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Well, that is what the newspaper said. I believe there are still more cities competing for the museum btw, but it would be an appropriate role for Soestdijk, if it would never be used as a palace again.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:24 AM
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Soestdijk Palace will be opened to the public in a few months. It is possible to book your tickets online (and read about the history of the palace to) on:

www.paleissoestdijk.nl
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:06 AM
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The visits to Palace Soestdijk are rather p[opular. Today I read an article about the palace in sevberal newspapers. Already over 35.000 people visited the palace and apparently there is a waiting list if you want a tour (you can enroll on the website). For April, May and June all guided tours are fully 'booked'. The problem is that they can only do 25 tours a day of +/- 15 people, so hence the waiting.
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The visits to Palace Soestdijk are rather p[opular. Today I read an article about the palace in sevberal newspapers. Already over 35.000 people visited the palace and apparently there is a waiting list if you want a tour (you can enroll on the website). For April, May and June all guided tours are fully 'booked'. The problem is that they can only do 25 tours a day of +/- 15 people, so hence the waiting.
Are the guided Tour only in dutch or are there also Tours in english ??
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:44 AM
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I think they are all in Dutch. The website is all in Dutch anyway and it doesn't have any information on the language of tours. But if you want to be sure you can e-mail theminfo@paleissoestdijk.nl
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Old 10-11-2007, 07:37 PM
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Soestdijk welcomes 100,000th visitor

10 October 2007
BAARN – Soestdijk Palace welcomed the 100,000th visitor on Wednesday. The foundation promoting the opening of palace to the public has announced this. The former residence of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard was opened to the public on 15 December 2006, not yet 300 days ago.
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So did any of our members visit the Palace? A friend of mine went there and was terribly disappointed, everything was much smaller than he expected and in a poor state.
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Read the entire article here.

So did any of our members visit the Palace? A friend of mine went there and was terribly disappointed, everything was much smaller than he expected and in a poor state.
I was there last december,before the opening.Allthough it is slightly smaller then one might think,it certainly isn't in a poor state.at all.It is just that all personal belongings have been removed by the family,so that leaves some rooms halve furnished while in others you can see where the paintings hung,or the odd boar/deer ( at the end of the gallery of the Soest wing).What is left still gives a good view into the once teaming with life Palace.If you expect too much,like always,you will be disappointed.

The garden/park is wonderfull,could dwell there for hours,which I did/do.The only things in poor state are the youngsters serving refreshments in the former Orangerie,they look as if they've not quite understood that putting one foot for the other makes one move faster,still waiting for my "Anna Pavlovna" complet,haven't got a clue what it is,yet.

The gift-shop in the old water tower is well-stocked and has some gems,or rather had,until I saw them....
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The goverment still has not found another destination for Soestdijk Palace. The Prime Minister said that in a debate in parlament. The goverment kept postponing it since Dec. 2006 ansd it seems they will keep doing so for the time being.
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The goverment still has not found another destination for Soestdijk Palace. The Prime Minister said that in a debate in parlament. The goverment kept postponing it since Dec. 2006 ansd it seems they will keep doing so for the time being.
So will it be longer open to the public then planed? Quiet strange that the had not made plains about what to do with the Place long ago as it was clear that Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard would not live forever.
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So will it be longer open to the public then planed? Quiet strange that the had not made plains about what to do with the Place long ago as it was clear that Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard would not live forever.
No Stefan,it will just be open till the end of 2009,like planned.
Before it can be used either as a Palace,as I hope,or anything else,
the whole place needs a complete overhaul,everything,from the basement to the roof.
Will take at least 4 years if not more.
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No Stefan,it will just be open till the end of 2009,like planned.
Before it can be used either as a Palace,as I hope,or anything else,
the whole place needs a complete overhaul,everything,from the basement to the roof.
Will take at least 4 years if not more.
Thanks. I thought only when they still have not a new destination for it that it can perhaps visitd longer. Was it already announced that it will be renovated. You can ofcourse see it on the pictures that tha Palace is in bad shape. I also hope that it will be used as a Palace in the future. Perhaps they could make it like in denmark that either the Queen or WA and Máxima use it for some time in the year and for the other months it is open to the public.
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I don't think that is an option (part-time use), the RF is already under scrutiny for their costs at the moment. The only way they can justify a complete renovation for the RF is when WA and Maxima would go and live there. I don't think they will, the palace is too public and one hour+ away from The Hague.
The government is just clueless about what to do with the building if the RF doesn't want it anymore, personally i wouldn't know what else to do with it either actually, I do hope it will remain property of the state and will have a royal-related or at least state-related function. So no golf resort or conference center svp.
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It would be sad if it was to be sold, and therefore no longer the state's property.
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I don't think that is an option (part-time use), the RF is already under scrutiny for their costs at the moment. The only way they can justify a complete renovation for the RF is when WA and Maxima would go and live there. I don't think they will, the palace is too public and one hour+ away from The Hague.
The government is just clueless about what to do with the building if the RF doesn't want it anymore, personally i wouldn't know what else to do with it either actually, I do hope it will remain property of the state and will have a royal-related or at least state-related function. So no golf resort or conference center svp.
But as Lucien says it has to be renovated anyway. And if it is open to the public it would also bring a little bit money back. The dutch Royal Family does not use many Palaces compared to other Royal Families.
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