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Castles in The Netherlands

The Netherlands being the most densely populated country of the world, is in its center almost totally urbanized. The monuments of its rich history stand everywhere, often still in everyday use, as centuries before. The castles of the Netherlands, which were in the Middle Ages defensive structures with thick, up to 1,5 meter walls, changed during the Renaissance into residences. Often their medieval character has been imitated, to pretend that the owner’s family past had reached far beyond the times of travel and trade. Many of these castle residences still stand; they are now museums, hotels, restaurants. To enter their cold quiet walls will give the pleasure of moving back in time.

Slot ZuylenCastle Zuylen
This 16th-century castle is situated just outside Utrecht in the charming village of Oud-Zuilen. The castle features a museum accessible with a tour guide, centred on one of its most famous inhabitants, writer Belle van Zuylen. The castle is surrounded by impressive landscape gardens and due to the size and medieval appearance of the building, consitutes an impressive sight in the midst of the surrounding countryside.


Muiderslot, Castle of Muiden
Thanks to its location close to Amsterdam, the Muiderslot is one of the most popular castles in Holland, as well as one of the best preserved. The fortification was built to control the waterway to Utrecht. The castle and its surrounding gardens are now a popular museum.


Keukenhof, Castle in Lisse
The castle in Lisse houses Holland's most famous tulip gardens of Keukenhof, a popular day trip from Amsterdam. The tulips are in bloom from March to May, yet the entrance is not cheap for a family.


Loenersloot castle
Loenen castle is located between Utrecht and Amsterdam, on the river Angstel. The castle has existed in this beautiful spot since the 12th century and parts of the castle from those early times still survive, such as the 13th-century defense towers. Details were added to the architecture of the castle up until the 18th century, giving it a charmingly eclectic appearance. The castle in inhabited and therefore closed to visitors.


Kasteel De Haar (museum)
Castle De Haar is located in Haarzuilens, close to Utrecht.
The castle has medieval origin and has undergone reconstruction in 19th century by architect Cuypers. From Utrecht central station take the bus number 127 direction Breukelen / Kockengen and Haarzuilens, from there about 15 minutes walk to the castle. Entrance: 7,50 Euro.


Château Holtmühle
Located in the beautiful green part of the northern part of the province of Limburg near Venlo, lies the stately Bilderberg Château Holtmühle. Once you are inside this beautiful castle you will see how effortlessly the ambience of yester year can be harmonised with luxurious modern conveniences. It provides a wonderfully restored and historical setting for a modern four-star hotel.


Kasteel Vaalsbroek
Close to Maastricht, Aachen and Liège, surrounded by the richly wooded foothills of the Eifel and the Ardennes, Dolce Vaalsbroek is an oasis of luxury and comfort in the Netherlands. The authentically restored castle dating as far back as 1420 combines the splendour of the past with the comfort and technology of the present, tastefully weaving them into a picturesque setting that presents an irresistible charm.

Castles in Friesland
Friesland (or Fryslân) is the largest province of the Netherlands, situated in the northwest coast of the Netherlands along the North Sea. Friesland has historically developed separately from the rest of the Netherlands, having been a kingdom of its own in the Middle Ages. It is a rural province, consisting of flat landscape and farmland. The area has many historical estates and stately homes, many of them situated around Leeuwarden, the province’s capital.

Dekema StateDekemastate
The estate, set in the picturesque village of Jelsum just outside Leeuwarden, has been a cosy family home with different owners since the 14th century. The building has been fully renovated to its former glory and houses a museum with artefacts from as far as the 16th century. The manor is surrounded by a canal and gardens accessible to the public.


Martena StateMartenastate
This is a little neo-renaissance style castle situated in the village of Cornjum north of Leeuwarden. The castle was built in 1900 to replace the ruins of the original medieval building and is surrounded by a large park which nowadays constitutes a Nature Reserve. The park includes a camping site and is open to the public but access to the castle is restricted as it is inhabited.


Statia StateStaniastate
The 19th-century country mansion at Oentsjerk was built after the original 16th century house was damaged in fire in 1813. The house is surrounded by a beautiful landscape park and features a big brasserie open in the weekends. The manor currently houses an architecture firm and is not accessible to visitors.

De Klinze
The 17th-century building on the estate at Aldtsjerk outside Leeuwarden was for centuries the family home of the Sminias, and after they left in 1978 was restored and opened as a hotel. The grounds house a restaurant and stables. The estate has an 8-hectares landscape park open to the public.

Vijversburg
The 19th century country estate in Tytsjerk, east of Leeuwarden, is surrounded by a famous landscape park featuring ponds that gave their name to the estate, vijver meaning a pond in Dutch, whereas the house itself is currently rented out. The history of the estate goes back to the 17th century and the place was for the most time owned by the Looxma and Ypeij families.

Castle hotels in Holland
Bilderberg Kasteel Kerckebosch, The Netherlands
Hidden away in the green heart of the Netherlands lies the aristocratic Bilderberg Kasteel ’t Kerckebosch. This impressive country-house still has its famous splendour. When the hotel was rebuilt its authentic character was kept. But the hotel’s facilities are extremely modern. The Bilderberg Kasteel ‘t Kerkebosch offers you high standard comfort. The halls are decorated in the grand manner which suits the rich past of this country-house.
Book the stay from: € 127.50 Hotels in the area
Hotel Kasteel Bloemendal, The Netherlands
Enjoy a culinary stay in the historical, totaly renovated castle Bloemendal, situated at the intersection of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium with city’s like Aachen, Vaals, the Marlland and the Voerregion in the direct surroundings. A beautiful area for a short or longer stay. Here the people like traditional values. The modest quit nature and the prize gastronomy together with a pleasant and familiar sphere will contribute to an unforgetable stay.
Book the stay from: € 85.00 Hotels in the area
Hampshire Classic Kasteel Erenstein, The Netherlands
Kasteel Erenstein. It is just a stone's throw from Hotel Brughof. The historical walls of this thirteenth-century castle now accomodate a stylish à la carte restaurant. The castle's rugged walls, sparkling chandeliers and creaking stair treads are all reminders of the building's rich history. The castle is surrounded by a moat, and located in the middle of a picturesque park.
Book the stay from: € 115.00 Hotels in the area
Dolce Kasteel Vaalsbroek, The Netherlands
Within a stone's throw of Maastricht, Aachen and Liège, surrounded by the richly wooded foothills of the Eifel and the Ardennes, Dolce Vaalsbroek is an oasis of luxury and comfort in the Netherlands. The authentically restored castle dating as far back as 1420 combines the splendour of the past with the comfort and technology of the present, tastefully weaving them into a picturesque setting that presents an irresistible charm.
Book the stay from: € 80.00 Hotels in the area
Bilderberg Château Holtmühle, The Netherlands
Near Venlo, located in the beautiful green part of the northern part of the province of Limburg, lies the stately Bilderberg Château Holtmühle. Once you are inside this beautiful castle you will see how effortlessly the ambience of yester year can be harmonised with luxurious modern conveniences. It provides a wonderfully restored and historical setting for a modern four-star hotel.
Book the stay from: € 85.00 Hotels in the area

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