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Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn
Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn
Flag of Apeldoorn
Coat of arms of Apeldoorn
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Apeldoorn in a municipal map of Gelderland
Location in Gelderland
Coordinates: 52°13′N 5°58′E / 52.217°N 5.967°E / 52.217; 5.967Coordinates: 52°13′N 5°58′E / 52.217°N 5.967°E / 52.217; 5.967
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor John Berends (CDA)
 • Municipality 341.15 km2 (131.72 sq mi)
 • Land 339.91 km2 (131.24 sq mi)
 • Water 1.24 km2 (0.48 sq mi)
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (Municipality, May 2014; Urban and Metro, May 2014)
 • Municipality 157,679
 • Density 464/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
 • Urban 157,679
 • Metro 213,899
Demonym(s) Apeldoornaar, Apeldoorner, Apeldorenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 3888, 7300–7381
Area code 055, 0577
Website www.apeldoorn.nl

Apeldoorn (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈaːpəldoːrn]) is a municipality and city in the province of Gelderland in the centre of the Netherlands. It is a regional centre. The municipality of Apeldoorn, including villages like Beekbergen, Loenen and Hoenderloo, had a population of 157,679 in 2014. The western half of the municipality lies on the Veluwe ridge, the eastern half lies in the IJssel valley. John Berends of the CDA is the mayor of Apeldoorn.

The oldest known reference to Apeldoorn, then called Appoldro, dates from the 8th century. The settlement came into being at the point where the old road from Amersfoort to Deventer crossed that from Arnhem to Zwolle. A 1740 map refers to it as Appeldoorn.

Close by is the favourite country-seat of the royal family of the Netherlands called the palace het Nieuwe Loo (now Het Loo). It was originally a hunting lodge of the dukes of Gelderland, but in its present form dates chiefly from the time of the then Stadtholder William III of England (1685–1686). The younger sister of Princess Beatrix, Princess Margriet, lives nearby the palace Het Loo, with her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven.

Apeldoorn was a relatively insignificant place until the major building projects of the 19th century and those of the period following World War II. The Protestant church was restored after a fire in 1890. The Roman Catholic Mariakerk is a national monument.