August 17, 2021.
André Rieu was one of the guests at Humberto Tan’s talkshow.
Studying Spanish with Tintin.
The fans miss you!
August 2021: Two castles and the golden carriage were sold to the Dutch amusement park’s owner
Mr. Hennie Van der Most. He plans to use it to decorate Wunderland Kalkar or his newest amusement park
in Rotterdam, a former garbage incineration in the quarter of Charlois. (Still under construction).
Humberto Tan refers in this interview to his visit to André’s home, with the program “Humberto undertakes”,
which can be found under Previous Items 2020 Jul-Dec. or click HERE.
August 12, 2021. “De Stentor” (a local newspaper) , by Benny Koerhuis.
Ride for 100-year-old Marie in golden carriage
Top entrepreneur and multimillionaire Hennie Van der Most bought the sets with which violinist André Rieu
with the Johann Strauss Orchestra traveled the world for years for his concerts. The set pieces depict the
famous Viennese Schönbrunn Castle.
André Rieu was able to build two identical castles, but possession of those was a huge financial drain.
Van der Most relieved him of that heavy burden and wants to embellish Wunderland Kalkar with both sets.
This afternoon he had Rieu's golden carriage already unpacked for his 100-year-old mother.
"You can use them to build two castles of 40 meters high and 135 meters wide," says Van der Most, who
was born in Slagharen (Province of Overijssel, NL). "It's about two complete sets. For example, when
André is performing on one set in Australia, the other was being built up in another metropolis at the same
time. Together, those two sets fill up about a hundred containers. Which includes complete lighting
installations, a kitchen and fitness room. I can very well use that stuff in my companies.''
Like an anchor.
André Rieu - like so many artists - has a hard time keeping his head above water financially, now that
performing as a result of the corona pandemic is not or hardly possible. About ten years ago, the Maastricht
violinist and orchestra leader was already in trouble by reconstructing Schönbrunn Castle full size as a
traveling backdrop. "We had 250 people on the podium, but also 250 to build up that castle every time.
There was no money being gained from that. I ended up with a debt of 30 million Euros''' Rieu said in an
interview with this newspaper in August last year. Next autumn he hopes to start on a new world tour.
To build near a nuclear power plant.
"André is willing to lease his sets, light installation and similar items in the future," van der Most knows to
say. "No, not for me." Because the 71-year-old entrepreneur already has a beautiful destination for the
imposing-looking but 'flat' castles. "I want to use both sets for Wunderland Kalkar, so that a few ugly facades
of that former nuclear power plant are hidden from view. We have already applied for a permit from the
The controversial nuclear power plant, which never went into operation, was bought in 1995 for 2.5 million
Euros by Van der Most who started the amusement park "Kernwasser Wunderland" with it, which since
2005 is now known as Wunderland Kalkar.
Before everything is built at the German amusement park, Van der Most brought out the large 'golden
carriage' belonging to the decor for his mother's 100th birthday. She took a trip through Slagharen and
surroundings, waved to many acquaintances and tourists, and enjoyed the royal ride.
Manager Pierre Rieu, son of the orchestra leader, confirms that Van der Most has bought the colossal sets.
"Two months ago, the sale was concluded. For how much I'm not going to say. But how nice that Hennie's
mother has driven around in the carriage. During a concert years ago at the Vrijthof, Jan Smit (Dutch
entertainer) rode in that carriage between the audience to the stage."
Thanks to John for his translation.
photo credits: Alex Mulder
Hennie Van der Most’s 100 year old mother on her birthday.
The story behind the hit “The Second Waltz” which André played in the Olympic Stadium (Amsterdam)
during the semi-finals Champion League of the soccer match Ajax - Bavaria Munich (Germany), in 1994,
you can find in the Harmony Parlor blogspot, click HERE.
If you would like to see again what happened in the Olympic Stadium in 1994
(his breakthrough in the Netherlands), check our “golden oldies” section, or click HERE.