There are more than 1000 castles in Holland. Most of the castles in Holland, some of which may be called a slot (manor house) or a burcht (fortress), were built during the Middle Ages as defensive structures. Over the years, the purpose of these castles changed, and many become more of a country estate or palace, where the privileged citizens would spend the summer months to relax. These days, many castles are a local attraction where visitors come to admire the architecture, art collections and gardens. Several castles focus primarily on children, giving them the opportunity to pretend they are knights or damsels for a day. The castles of Holland offer something for everyone, reason enough to visit a castle.

  • Kasteel de Haar

    Be enchanted by the largest castle of Holland.

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  • Doorwerth Castle

    Bike or take a hike through the natural areas surrounding Castle Doorwerth, and try to wrap your arms around the 7-meter (almost 23 ft.!) circumference of the oldest tree in Holland.

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  • Bouvigne Castle

    Bouvigne is a fairy-tale castle surrounded by extraordinary gardens south of Breda.

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  • Menkemaborg

    Visit the castle museum and explore the exhibitions and gardens.

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  • Castle Verwolde

    Castle Verwolde in Laren is a paradise for anyone who loves nature and culture. Combine an intriguing tour through the house and the gardens with a high-tea in the tearoom.

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  • Muiderslot

    Muiderslot Castle is one of the most famous castles in Holland.

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