Apeldoorn is the headquarters of the same-named municipality with more than 140,000 inhabitants. The city has only developed into one of the larger places in the Netherlands since the beginning of the 20th century. Together with Deventer and Zutphen, Apeldoorn fulfills a center function in urban agglomeration, known as the City Triangle. On its own in Apeldoorn, the urban center of Dutch largest contiguous forest and nature reserve: De Veluwe.
Apeldoorn is nowadays known for its city parks and green character, but also for its own house structure: here are many monumental and detached houses and relatively few high-rise buildings. For example, De Parkenbuurt, north of the city center, is a neighborhood with many old mansions, sometimes richly decorated with ornaments and with a lot of greenery: this district has been a city-protected city-side since 2005. This is no exception: the whole city of Apeldoorn has about 580 monumental objects of which approximately 450 municipalities and 132 are registered as a national monument. A famous national monument is (the foundation of) the Council House (square).
The city offers many shopping opportunities, but there are also many annual events such as Jazz in the Woods, Tempo Doeloe Festival, the Highlands Festival, Stationsdance, Dragon Boat Festival and Dancetour. Furthermore, Apeldoorn is also known for attractions such as the Apenheul, Julianatoren and the National Museum of Palace Het Loo. Other museums in Apeldoorn also include the Veluwsche Steam Train Society and the Museum 'In the Seventh Heaven' with a collection of old curiosities of the Oranjehuis, Sinterklaas, Christmas, etc. Finally, the Veluwe offers many possibilities for activities or just relaxation.