Amazing day trip from Amsterdam – De Haar castle

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Whilst in the Netherlands we managed to drive to the beautiful grounds of De Haar castle near Utrecht, which is not too far away from Amsterdam which this makes the place an excellent day trip away from the Dutch capital. This castle is one of the more modern ones we have come across in Europe, recently built in 1892 and on the site of the original castle which fell into ruins and has stood there since the 14th century.

De Haar castle, Netherlands

The castle we saw today, it’s Neo-Gothic design is of the work of famous Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers. Not only did he design the facade but also equipped the building with all the current technology and gadgets in the late 19th century like electrical lighting and a central heating system (powered by steam). Even the kitchen was very modern and whilst checking it out, the original copper pots, pans and furnace are still on display to visitors.  `

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

Like most European castles, there is plenty of rooms to walk around and to see, such as beautiful bedrooms, giant halls and corridors and even the cold looking bathtubs. We spent about an hour walking around the self-guide route (we could have taken the audio guide with us but we didn’t really want to keep a device next to our ears whilst we were checking out the pretty design of the buildings and all the artwork on display).

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

The grounds of the castle are equally impressive where there are many waterworks and woodland to explore. However, most of the woodland which was originally here when the castle was rebuilt was torn down as the wood was used to light fires and the gardens were ruined because the soil was used to grow vegetables. After the war many trees were replanted and the gardens were restored to their original design.

De Haar castle, Netherlands

De Haar castle, Netherlands

The castle is worth a visit and isn’t too expensive to get into but the grounds of the estate is free to enter. It was so nice to see a different side of Netherlands, to get away from the cities and crowds and enjoy this beautiful setting with a beautiful castle. This is one destination worthy of a Dutch day trip away from the cities.  

De Haar castle, Netherlands
Claire at one of the drawbridges on the side of the castle

 

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18 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing. I was just in Amsterdam in May and wish I had known about this day trip. We ended up staying in the city the whole time given our time frame and the weather but I am definitely putting this on my list for next time! Great pictures, the grounds look beautiful and it’s so nice they are free to enter!

  2. Lovely! Originally from the Netherlands, I am always immediately connected to articles about the Netherlands! Never been to de Haar Castle, but I think as a Dutchie, I have to put this on our to do list next time when we visit our friends and family and go back home for a holiday 🙂
    Lovely photos and post!
    Cheers!

  3. Can you believe I only live a 15 minute bikeride from this castle cycled past at least 12 times…. but NEVER went inside? I kid you not. Will visit soon. It’s time!

  4. What a charming castle! Love the architecture and it’s good to know it’s not that far from Amsterdam. It would be one great day trip, you’re right. And that garden also looks beautiful, I’d love a walk there. 🙂

  5. As I was scrolling through the pictures, I was really loving the design on the outside with the splashes of read, but I GASPED out loud when seeing the inside! So stunning! I loved that they still had the kitchen utensels and pans on display; you get a better feel of how they lived too!
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  6. I love a good moat Danik 😉 The grounds are as impressive as the castle itself! I imagine all the landscaping that took place to create such an amazing presentation. Hours and hours of work by the staff. Crazy. Because I recall the countless hours of toil I put in back at home as a kid, landscaping and gardening on only a few acres of property at my parent’s home. What phenomenal shots guys and a fab post too.
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  7. I was recently in Amsterdam, and although I loved it, it was so very busy. Our hosts told us we really needed to make another vist to get out in the country, where it was equally lovely, but peaceful. I had no idea this castle was there! We will return to take some time in the country, and I am putting this castle on my list. Thanks!

  8. This looks like such an amazing destination. We fly through Amsterdam a lot on international connections and, while I love the city, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what you’re going to do to pass the time for a day or less that you haven’t done before. This sounds perfect!

  9. Wonderful post – thank you for sharing! I LOVE that kitchen, would for sure be a highlight for me. So nice it’s just a day trip from Amsterdam, I’ll definitely be considering it for my next trip.

  10. Beautiful castle! Never visited this during my Eurotrip stop in Amsterdam for lack of time. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  11. I love Castles and I haven’t heard of this one. Especially love the draw bridge, so much fun, thanks putting this on my radar!
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  12. Wow this castle is beautiful! One thing that struck me was the wall with all the red doors and the bathtub in sunk down into the floor. Putting this on my list for next time I am in Europe!

  13. De Haar Castle is gorgeous both inside and out. Audio tours are informative but you’re right it’s hard to enjoy your surroundings when you have to listen to the recording. Those copper pots are stunning.

  14. Megan Jerrard

    Very cool that the new castle is on the site of the old, and how fab that it’s within a day trip of Amsterdam. Love that it’s a reasonably modern castle, and that the original copper pots, pans and furnace are still on display. It’s so intricate and ornate inside, and the grounds are stunning too. What a cool day trip – thanks for the tip!

  15. Let me at those copper pots and pans… WOW! I’m fascinated by the ‘working areas’, the kitchen in particular. I feel like that’s where so many of my most wonderful memories have been made, and think of all the people who spent time making wonderful memories too. Castles are rad… shall add to my flippin HUGE travel list for sure.

  16. Show me a European castle in water and I’m in love. So love all the castles I’ve ever been to in Europe and what always surprises me is how different they all are. What I loved here is the Gothic architecture INSIDE the castle. I have never seen that before. Always wonderful bedrooms and I love the kitchens and all of their pots and pans too. Like you, I’m less of an audio guide type of person and more of a “soak it up” type of person. Loved this review!
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  17. Wow. What craftsmanship in that castle. They don’t make buildings with this kind of craftsmanship anymore. I am always impressed with how unique the castles in Europe are between different regions.
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  18. Seems like a very spacious place to call home – can’t wait to see this castle on my Eurotrip!

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