Walking through the royal Oranjewoud

  • The Netherlands
  • Friesland
  • Heerenveen
  • 19.94 km (Approximately 04:59 u)
  • Hiking route 990598

Walking through the royal Oranjewoud

  • The Netherlands
  • Friesland
  • Heerenveen
  • 19.94 km (Approximately 04:59 u)
  • Hiking route 990598
When you think of Royal Forests, you may immediately think of Apeldoorn and its surroundings, but you will also find royal greenery in Friesland: the Oranjewoud. This route takes you through this beautiful forest east of Heerenveen. The starting point of this route is on the edge of Heerenveen. From here you immediately walk into the woods that consist of former estates with long avenues, parks with oaks and beech trees, small meadows, waters and here and there a country house. At the start of the route you can take a look at Museum Belvédère, a museum for modern art by mainly Frisian artists. You will also pass a Bell Chair and a watchtower that you can climb for a beautiful view of the area. You will eventually end your tour again in the parking lot of Museum Belvédère, where you also started your walk.


# Description Distance
Parkeren bij Museum Belvédère (Woudsterweg, 8448HB, Heerenveen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Museum Belvédère (Museum Belvédère, 8453JE, Heerenveen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.12 km
82 (Woudsterweg, Heerenveen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 0.24 km
2 (8453JC, Heerenveen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 1.23 km
21 (Prins Bernhardweg, 8453XC, Heerenveen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 2.23 km
Huis Klein Jagtlust (8453 WH, Heerenveen, Friesland, The Netherlands) 2.70 km


Museum Belvédère

Museum Belvédère 12
8453JE Heerenveen

Take a look at Museum Belv? D? Re to get acquainted with modern works of art by mainly Frisian artists. The building has been kept low so that it does not stand out too much in the surrounding landscape.

Huis Klein Jagtlust

8453 WH Heerenveen

The first owner was Pieter Heringa Cats (1823-1880). He was one of the richest inhabitants of Friesland. Johannes Bieruma Oosting later became heir to the estate. In 1911 D. Zeeger van Duijl became the owner. It was bought by J. Kemper in 1940 and was used as a rest and convalescent home in the 1940s and 1960s until it came into the possession of G. Gaastra in 1969. In 1985 it was sold on to Smilde Onroerend Goed BV [1] There are several national monuments on the Klein Jagtlust estate. The estate also included some farms (Donglust, Stercorando, Semper Virens), which are now part of Oranjestein. The building is a national monument and is not freely accessible.

Landhuis Oranjestein

8453 JE Heerenveen

Oranjestein is the former steward's house of the Oranjewoud estate of the Frisian Nassaus. In 1820 the house was bought by the merchant Pieter Cats, who had the house completely renovated. Soon after, a landscape park was laid out at the house by the landscape gardener Lucas Pieters Roodbaard (1782-1851). Roodbaard introduced a new style of park construction in the Netherlands. He broke with the tradition of constructing rectilinear, mathematically constructed gardens. The gardens and parks of Redbeard are characterized by the use of winding paths and kidney-shaped ponds in a hilly terrain. Pieter Cats' son-in-law, Johannes Bieruma Oosting, his son Jan and grandson Johan expanded the park further. The house was also radically renovated several times. The current owner, the De Beaufort-Van Sminia family, lives on the estate during the summer months. In 2007 there was again a major renovation of the house.



In this place you will find a bell chair with a gable roof. The clock was probably cast in the 13th century. These bell seats are often the replacement for a church tower that has been lost.


8453JJ Heerenveen

Tower that is used to view and monitor the surrounding area from a high point

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