Drakensteyn Castle

Drakensteyn Castle is the private property of Princess Beatrix. She acquired the castle in 1959 and had it renovated. She lived there with her husband, Prince Claus, and her three sons from 1963 until their move in 1981 to Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague. Drakensteyn Castle is situated in a forested area near the town Lage Vuursche in the municipality of Baarn.

Future of Drakensteyn Castle

Surrounded by 20 ha of forest, Drakensteyn Castle is beautifully secluded in the province of Utrecht. This country seat is a relatively small castle exuding an intimate ambience. It is built in a Dutch Classical style with a prominent octagon. The history of the castle dates back to 1360.

Since Princess Beatrix moved with Prince Claus and her family to The Hague in 1981, Drakensteyn Castle has been used as a country seat and guest accommodation. Princess Beatrix will return to live at Drakensteyn Castle.

Visit Lage Vuursche

While Drakensteyn Castle is not open to the public, it is worth your while to explore the castle's surroundings. From the VVV Tourist Information Office in Lage Vuursche, a number of bicycle rides wind past the palaces and castles in the area, through the Eempolder Nature Preserve, and through the forests and heathlands of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. You will most certainly ride by Soestdijk Palace, which is just a stone’s throw from Drakensteyn Castle.

The town Lage Vuursche has been designated as a village conservation area and has no less than four “pannenkoekenhuizen” (restaurants specialising in Dutch pancakes), each attracting visitors from afar.