Castles & Country Houses
There are more than 700 castles & country houses 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. The castles of Holland offer something for everyone, reason enough to visit a castle.