Netherlands
De Haar Castle

Enveloped by vast gardens and serene waterways, De Haar Castle stands as the Netherlands' most opulent and fairy-tale-like fortress, reflecting the grandeur of times gone by and the dreams of the illustrious families who once called it home. Read more

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Resting near the city of Utrecht, De Haar Castle, with its origins in the 13th century, is a masterpiece of Neo-Gothic architecture. The current structure, however, owes its majesty to an extensive restoration and rebuilding project undertaken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, commissioned by the wealthy van Zuylen family and helmed by the famed Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers. Boasting richly decorated interiors, complete with intricate woodwork, plush tapestries, and a remarkable collection of art, the castle provides a vivid glimpse into the lavish lifestyle of its former residents. The surrounding English-style gardens, dotted with whimsical fountains, statues, and manicured hedges, further accentuate the castle's charm.
With its imposing towers, romantic bridges, and rich interiors, De Haar Castle offers a journey that seamlessly blends history, art, and nature, making it a must-visit spectacle in the heart of the Netherlands.

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The most famous sights
What to do in De Haar Castle

The Castle Interiors

Marvel at the opulent rooms, from the grand Main Hall to the intimate Lady's Boudoir, each narrating tales of luxury and aristocracy.

De Haar Park and Gardens

Spread across 135 acres, explore the meticulously designed landscapes, complete with romantic rose gardens, age-old trees, and tranquil ponds.

Guided Tours

Dive deeper into the history, legends, and architectural intricacies of De Haar with expert-guided tours tailored for various interests.

Chapel of De Haar Castle

Admire the exquisite Neo-Gothic chapel, which stands as a testament to the religious and architectural inclinations of the van Zuylen family.

The Castle Moat

Encircling the castle, the moat adds an aura of mystery and defense, with quaint bridges connecting the main structure to the outer world.

Special Exhibitions

Periodically, the castle hosts exhibitions showcasing aspects of its rich history, the van Zuylen family, or thematic art collections.

De Haar Deer Park

Venture into this preserved section of the estate, home to various deer species, reflecting the castle's ties to nature and wildlife.

Castle's Towers and Ramparts

For a panoramic view of the estate and beyond, ascend the castle's towers, embracing the vistas of green expanses and waterways.

Children's Treasure Hunt

Catering to young visitors, the castle offers interactive treasure hunts, making history and exploration a fun-filled affair.

Castle Shop & Restaurant

Conclude your visit by indulging in Dutch delicacies at the restaurant or picking souvenirs that capture the essence of De Haar.

What else to visit
In and around De Haar Castle

Utrecht (9.84 km)

Utrecht, a vibrant city pulsing with history, channels, and culture, seamlessly marries its medieval charm with a contemporary spirit, making it one of the Netherlands' most enchanting and dynamic urban treasures.

Amsterdam Airport (26.88 km)

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, renowned as one of the world's primary aviation hubs, offers an exceptional blend of efficiency, modern amenities, and Dutch charm. It's not just an airport; it's a vibrant, welcoming gateway to the Netherlands and beyond.

Amsterdam (27.93 km)

Amsterdam, a city of canals, colourful houses, cyclists and world-famous museums, will enchant you with its unique charm, liberal spirit and unforgettable atmosphere.

Kinderdijk (35.82 km)

Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where timeless windmills stand proudly against the Dutch sky, offering a picturesque snapshot of the Netherlands' age-old battle against water and its ingenious solutions.

Rotterdam (39.93 km)

Discover Rotterdam, a vibrant hub of innovation where cutting-edge architecture and a bustling port blend into a dynamic urban tapestry, reflecting the Netherlands' progressive spirit.

Doetinchem (90.8 km)

A blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty, Doetinchem is a lively city in the eastern part of the Netherlands, renowned for its charming city center, historical landmarks, and scenic surroundings.

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