Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens

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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. Before you head to Haarzuilens, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Haarzuilens trip maker site, to make sure you see all that Haarzuilens has to offer, including Kasteel de Haar.
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  • We usually visited this castle with our guests, two or three times a year. But since 2020 it was not possible due to the situation. Nowadays there is no more lockdown in the Nehterlands so this...  more »
  • Beautiful castle situated in a large garden surrounded by a lake that will appear only in fairy tales of princes and princesses. Should be more charming if visit in the evening.  more »
  • A wonderful place to explore with friends or family! The gardens are beautiful, and the castle is just amazing. It's like traveling back to the 19th century! I recommend it to anyone!  more »
  • Great sightseeing spot. The castle is great for a visit and the park is very nice for a walk around. It's quite far from city of Utrecht. From Rotterdam we took the train to Utrecht and then took a bus to Castle De Haar. You should go in the morning then you have more time to enjoy the place. Fantastic place for people who love castle and photo shooting.
  • Beautiful castle grounds with very rich (literally) collection of artifacts. Well maintained place. There is ample parking so you can bring your car. They have provided restaurant for bites and toilet which is useful. Worth exploring !
  • Loved this castle! It’s beautiful, breathtaking and also so different. I would say it is rather an expensive trip. The people working there are volunteers and don’t get paid for the amazing job they do which I found quite odd compared to the high admission and parking fee.
  • One of the most beautiful places we visited on our holiday. We did the walk of the garden which are beautiful and the views of the castle are incredible. The price difference to go into the castle is almost triple the cost to walk the gardens which is such a shame. For a family of 4 adults it was too expensive. After a hot walk round the grounds we would have liked a drink or ice cream but we only found 1 eating place which was nearly full and sold proper meals, not just a light snack. Overall we still loved what we saw and took our time enjoying it!
  • This castle is in fact a luxurious mansion built on top of the ruins of a castle from the middle ages. If you pay extra, you'll have access to the interior where there's an impressive main hall and plenty of memorabilia of the late Barons with the jet set. The guided visit is only recommendable if you are interested in getting some more in-depth detail.

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