Castles

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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  • Loevestein Castle

    One of the most famous stories from Dutch history took place at Loevestein Castle. Young and old alike come here to relive Dutch national history.

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  • Menkemaborg

    Visit the castle museum and explore the exhibitions and gardens.

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  • Sypesteyn Castle

    Located in the Vecht region, Sypesteyn Castle is a beautiful castle with a splendid art collection and gorgeous gardens.

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  • Castle Duivenvoorde

    A tree-lined avenue leads you to the stately Duivenvoorde Castle, where you can take a stroll in the surrounding park or visit the art collection.

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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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