Sunny days are here again, so it’s time to get out and explore new green spots! This time we decided to cross the Amsterdam border and head over to the east of the country to visit Paleis Het Loo. This former royal Dutch palace is known for its 17th century baroque style gardens. Since April this year, four beautiful contemporary art works with a powerful message are exhibited in the gardens.
Paleis Het Loo is situated on the outskirts of Apeldoorn in a lush, green environment. When you walk from the palace to the gardens, you encounter a perfect symmetrical garden. And although it’s full of flowers and green, it doesn’t really feel like nature. In the garden are several art works matching the garden, like a Venus, a Celestial Globe, some Greek gods and goddesses, fountains, etcetera. The real eye catchers in the garden though are some modern looking three meter tall sculptures in bright colours.
‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’
Architect Daniel Libeskind designed the four abstract sculptures, named ‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’. With these sculptures, Libeskind wants to send out a message. Each sculpture represents a greenhouse gas: Carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and nitrous oxide. Gasses which cause climate change by the use of human beings, and are destroying nature.
Mankind Controlling Nature
The influence humanity has on nature and the way it wants to control it, is the theme that connects the 17th century baroque garden, ‘The Garden of Paradise’, with the ‘Garden of Earthly Worries’. Libeskind sees ‘The Garden of Paradise’ as an idealized piece of nature, typical for the way humans are dominating nature. With ‘The Garden of Earthly Worries’ Libeskind emphasizes how this dominating nature of mankind is actually causing severe problems like climate change.
Visiting the Gardens
What do you think of these sculptures and the message it stands for? We really enjoyed such a bold statement in a place where you would least expect it. Besides, the sculptures are quite impressive and add a fierce contrast to the royal gardens. And next to the palace gardens, there is the palace park; an area of 650 hectare, ideal for strolling on a sunny day. Are you interested in visiting the gardens and seeing the sculptures? This year the gardens are open until September 29th.
Most Sustainable Hotel in the Netherlands
Green Amsterdam regularly gets asked for green hotel recommendations, so we decided to dive into the Amsterdam sustainable hotel world. First on our list was Hotel Jakarta, declared the most sustainable hotel in The Netherlands. We had to see that for ourselves! This 4-star hotel on Java-Island opened just nine months ago and oozes luxury, in a natural way. In reference to Java, the hotel is inspired by Indonesia, which you find in all kinds of details in the hotel.
Would you like to use more sustainable products? Green Amsterdam’s exploring brands that are friendly for the environment and this time we’re taking a closer look at the brand House of Marley.
Would you like to wear more sustainable clothes? Green Amsterdam’s exploring brands that are friendly for the environment and this time we’re taking a closer look at Swedish brand Fjällräven.
Sustainable House Boats
Want to escape the busy city life and enjoy some vega(n) food? Head over to the circular paradise called De Ceuvel in Amsterdam North! This sustainable project looks like a secluded mini village of house boats where you can find creative workspaces, a cultural centre, a floating hotel and a cafe-restaurant. You can sit on the terrace at the water in seats made of old boats or seclude yourself on a raft. And in summer time you can even take a refreshing dive in the old shipyard!
In the south of the city, close to the Amsterdam World Trade Center and convention centre RAI you can find the peaceful Beatrixpark. This park is mainly used by people around the area and is never really crowded which makes it a perfect place to avoid the heavy traffic and overall packed area surrounding it.
Park Frankendael is Amsterdam’s biggest and most important ecological park, located in the east of the city. It’s a beautiful romantic and spacious park where you can find a lot more peace and quiet than for instance the Vondelpark or Westerpark, which are closer to the centre. Maybe that’s why the few storks in the city chose this park to build their nest.
When you’re in Amsterdam, you probably want to visit a coffeeshop because hey, this is your chance, right? There are a lot of them in the city, and when you’re new here it might be hard to pick one that isn’t too shady, like lots of local shops are, or too crowded and loud, like most tourist coffeeshops in the centre are.