Castle Duivenvoorde

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Castle Duivenvoorde

Duivenvoorde Castle is located near The Hague, between Voorschoten and Leidschendam. A tree-lined avenue leads you to the stately mansion. The name Duivenvoorde comes from the rivers the Duve and the Voor, between which the castle once stood. The castle is mentioned in historical documents dating back as far as 1226 thus making it one of the oldest castles in the province of Zuid-Holland. You can enjoy walks in the surrounding park all year round, and view the art collection at set times.

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Duivenvoorde Castle is located near The Hague, between Voorschoten and Leidschendam. A tree-lined avenue leads you to the stately mansion. The name Duivenvoorde comes from the rivers the Duve and the Voor, between which the castle once stood. The castle is mentioned in historical documents dating back as far as 1226 thus making it one of the oldest castles in the province of Zuid-Holland. You can enjoy walks in the surrounding park all year round, and view the art collection at set times.

Visit the Duivenvoorde country estate

Duivenvoorde was originally a 13th century tower surrounded by a moat, and was used by rich families looking to escape busy city life during the summer months. The defensive works of the castle became increasingly subordinate to the building of beautiful rooms. During extensive renovations in 1631 and 1717, the castle took on the form it still has to this day. In 1960, the castle was placed under the care of a foundation, and was opened to the public as a museum. Duivenvoorde has a unique collection of family portraits, silver objects, Delft blue pottery, and Chinese and European porcelain.

Duivenvoorde Castle collection

The beautiful entrance hall is still in its original state. Take a guided tour past the gorgeous rooms which have been decorated to appear as if people are still living in them. The tour will take you past the highlights of the collection, including the library in Empire style, a cabinet with gold leather wallpaper, the “Turkish Room” with its chintz wall covering, a fully furnished ironing room, and ending in the gorgeous and stately Marot Room. The tours may only be taken accompanied by a guide, and are given Tuesday through Saturday starting at 2:00 p.m.

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Laan van Duivenvoorde 4
2252AK Voorschoten

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