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Discover Benelux | Business | Top Meeting & Event Locations
Monuments Radio Kootwijk and Kasteel Groeneveld are repurposed as extraordinary locations for business and leisure.
Work and play in Dutch history Experiencing the rich nature and history of the Netherlands is a great way to get to know the country. Staatsbosbeheer allows anyone to enjoy well-preserved and valuable flora and fauna and intriguing monumental buildings. TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: EvERT vAN DE WORP, JAAP ROSKAM, JEROEN WAGNER
“Monumental buildings teach us how our outlook on nature has changed throughout the years,” says Waronne Elbers, managing director of the monumental buildings Radio Kootwijk and Kasteel Groeneveld, which are now repurposed for business use and tourism. Elbers: “Because of their location, we are aware of how nature used to be perceived. Now, we can still actively use the high quality buildings and enjoy their wellpicked surroundings in the present.”
Radio Kootwijk The cathedral-like Radio Kootwijk was built in the 1920s to host a radio telegraph transmitter allowing the Dutch to stay in contact with the East Indies. This shows in the characteristics of the building: “To be able to work with longwave transmissions, Radio Kootwijk was constructed from re-
inforced concrete that kept the induction induced heat in. The open location minimised the chance of noise in the radio frequency.” Thus a beautiful open space in the middle of what is now the veluwe, national park of Staatbosbeheer, was chosen. The rough and fierce monument was restored and is now perfect for hosting business meetings or a congress for up to 1,500 people in a surprising environment. “The flora and fauna are beautiful, and the 360 degree view over the area is amazing. Just the drive up to the building gives an awe-inspiring sight!”
Kasteel Groeneveld The national monument Kasteel Groeneveld is totally different but just as interesting. “It’s a former country seat, built in the eighteenth century as a mayor’s summer
residence.” Surrounded by a beautiful English landscape park, Kasteel Groeneveld is a place to enjoy nature. “This was the reason for the mayor to build on this particular spot back in the day,” explains Elbers. Now, everyone can enjoy this lovely spot close to Amsterdam. “On weekdays spaces are available for meetings and presentations for up to 120 people, at the weekends families can enjoy good food and visit markets or the museum. The museum in Kasteel Groeneveld is currently host to an exhibition of illustrations by Charlotte Dematons: “It’s about the odd way the Netherlands is structured and shows many ways of how we express our national character. The available games make it very interesting for kids as well.” www.hierradiokootwijk.nl
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