Though relatively modest in size, the municipality of Baarn in the Netherlands, with just under 25,000 inhabitants, is very well-known across the land for having a royal touch. It is where the famous Soestdijk is located; a palace that used to be the home of Queen Emma, Juliana and then princess Beatrix before moving to The Hague. Sporting many villas, Baarn was by the end of the 19th century the place to be for upper-class people from Amsterdam, growing increasingly weary of the capital city’s poverty, sickness and crime. Nowadays Baarn is a bustling place largely thanks to its central location and beautiful setting.

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