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Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens
(4.2/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Roam the formal gardens of Kasteel de Haar, and then head inside to admire the richly decorated and wood interior. Located just outside Utrecht, this medieval fortress is complete with ramparts, gates, drawbridges, and large gardens. It was fully restored and rebuilt in 1892 after a large donation from the Rothschild family, but previous structures on the land date back to 1391. The inhabitants, the Van Zuylen van Nyevelt family, passed ownership over to the foundation, but still reserve the right to spend one month at the castle per year. View the many pieces on display around the castle, all of which come from the Rothschild collection. Guided tours are available to see the kitchens, greeting rooms, and dining rooms, but are usually only conducted in Dutch. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Haarzuilens holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kasteel de Haar and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Lovers of castles strongly recommend to visit the Castle de Haar and discover its amazing story Renaissance, you can say, "from the ashes". Interesting how the Park around the Castle, and its interior decoration. Inside the main hall of the Castle resembles a Gothic Cathedral, is richly decorated with stained glass and expensive decoration. But the most interesting was awaiting us on guided tours of the castle: we had a great opportunity to visit the Interior Chambers of the Baron and Baroness not only, but also a few bedrooms, equipped for their numerous guests. Each bedroom has its own individual design and atmosphere. But that's not the point. When installing internal chambers hosts and their guests were used the most advanced achievements of that time (and this is the 20-ies of the twentieth century). It is understandable that many celebrities of the time sought to get to the owners of this wonderful Castle.
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  • The castle is beautiful! It's like being in a fairy tale. The garden is very well maintained and it is impossible not to be thrilled with every detail that the Castle has to offer!
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  • Lovely gardens even in December. We paid 16€ entrance fee each, but it's definitely worth it! Great guides who also know English very well, many details to spot and analyze, around 5-6 rooms out of 20...  more »
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  • A must go place if you have few days to spent in the neighborhood of Utrecht, with full family. Travel Tips: 1. If you are with public transport, get down at Vleuten station and get the bus 111, which drops you very close to the castle's main entrance. 2. Pack your food for the day of visit. 3. Best time to visit - I think summer in general. They also have some special events around October. 4. Museum pass is acceptable here and that's the cheapest and best way to experience this gorgeous castle. 4. I gave 4 star just for the reason that they had (at least when I visited last year) Live Guide only in Dutch or else it would have been much more fun.
  • This castle is well worth a detour, better yet be added as a destination on itself. The gardens are beautiful with the castle given an impressive backdrop. To see the interior you need to buy separate tickets but it's well worth it. Try to book a tour with a guide to show you the special places and hear some nice stories.
  • Interesting place. A very modern castle for Dutch rich folks. Now a tourist site. I thought it was worth it.
  • A beautiful castle from the 12th century, which was rebuilt several times. Last renovation was made in the end of the 19th century. There is a guided tour there. Adult = 16€ Child = 10.50€ Parking = 4€
  • i already visit Nederland it was very special i go to castle De Haar it was very beautiful and luxury in Dutch style the most special and important in this topic is be have to go when it was day it was super pretty me and my family was very proud when i go to visit this country i love it somuch