Royal visits to Warmelo Castle
The manors in and around the historic town of Diepenheim have been homes to aristocratic families for centuries, but there was a wave of new excitement in 1952, when Princess Armgard, mother of Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld – in turn Prince consort of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands – moved to Warmelo. This led to many visits from the Dutch Royal Family. The castle is still a private residence today, but the beautiful gardens are accessible to the public.
Warmelo’s glorious gardens
And what gorgeous gardens they are. Cared for and shaped over many centuries, and carefully restored in the 1920s, they incorporate many different styles from various eras. There is a Victorian garden, the strict geometry of the French style, and an English landscape garden. An expansive park is spread around the gardens and castle. In addition to their diversity in styles, the gardens of Warmelo Castle are famous for their many blooms, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, roses and beautiful potted plants. During the spring and summer seasons, the gardens are also home to life-like sand sculptures.
Opening times: Gardens: mid-April through September, Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30-16:30. Prices: adults €7.50, children (6-12 years) €2.50
We recommend: Live the dream by staying overnight in a Dutch castle: book your stay at Stayokay Landhuis Rhijnauwen, situated in a picturesque woodland area in Bunnik, near Utrecht. The estate dates from the 13th century, with the current manor house being constructed in the 18th century. Guests can spend the night steeped in history (without the steep price tag) in comfortable hostel accommodation that ranges from two-person private rooms to group dormitories.