Castles & Country Houses
Inside Holland’s castles
Step into a world of opulence and uncover a wealth of history and art in the castles of Holland.
Holland’s castle gardens
Visit the beautifully-designed gardens that surround Holland’s historic castles and country houses.
Famous castle residents and guests
Get to know the famous inhabitants who’ve contributed to the compelling history of Dutch castles.
- Ammersoyen Castle
- Loevestein Castle
- Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot
- Sypesteyn Castle
- Groeneveld Castle
- Zuylen Castle
- De Haar Castle
- Museum Huis Doorn
- Amerongen Castle
- Hernen Castle
- Wijchen Castle
- Doorwerth Castle
- Rosendael Castle
- Middachten Estate
- Jachthuis Sint-Hubertus
- Het Loo Palace
- Cannenburch Castle
- Bergh Castle
- Castle Verwolde
- Ruurlo Castle
Cycling Routes around Castles
Imperial route Amerongen Castle and Huis Doorn
length 40 km, Province UtrechtRead more
Cycle Route Cannenburch Castle-Het Loo Palace
length 38 km, Province GelderlandRead more
Cycle route Loevestein Palace-Ammersoyen Castle
length 52 km, Province GelderlandRead more
Cycle Route ‘s-Gravelandse Estates – Sypesteyn Castle
length 32 km, Province UtrechtRead more
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Get out and explore Dutch castles
Take a look at the castles
Discover centuries of opulence and stories through Holland’s castles and estates
Get a real taste for Dutch history by exploring the hundreds of castles and country houses found throughout Holland. While some Dutch castles started out as grand fortifications, many more were built during and soon after the Dutch Golden Age. In those days, it became the norm for successful merchants and politicians to own an estate in the countryside as the perfect summertime retreat. They favored picturesque, water-rich spots that were easily accessible from the major cities. Today, many of these iconic estates can still be visited along the winding River Vecht near Utrecht, beside the dunes of Kennemerland, and close to The Hague. In the east of Holland, the impact of nobility proved to be much more dominant throughout this era. For many of the vast green estates in the province of Gelderland, impressive lease incomes were generated in exchange for hunting rights.
No matter their location, each of Holland’s castles and country houses have countless stories to tell. Discover the famous owners and guests who’ve graced these spots, from royals and well-to-do families to scientists and Hollywood A-listers. Get to grips with the trends that shaped the interiors and collections of these illustrious buildings through the centuries. And take a stroll through some of Holland’s grandest and most fanciful castle gardens.
Explore popular Dutch attractions
Whether you’re getting around by public transport, by bicycle or on foot, don’t skip some of the most famous castle attractions, which undoubtedly help to tell the story of Holland: Palace Het Loo by Apeldoorn, an opulent royal estate converted into a magnificent museum; the medieval Muiderslot, a restored castle near Amsterdam where young ones can experience life as knights and maidens; while De Haar Castle, just outside Utrecht, is Holland’s largest castle and seems to be lifted direct from a fairy tale thanks to its turrets, towers, moats and luxurious grounds. Many more castles and expansive country estates are open to the public as museums, showcasing Golden Age art and objects to rival the Dutch treasures found in the Rijksmuseum or Mauritshuis.
Make yourself at home
Today, many of Holland’s most spectacular castles and country houses are open to the public – not only to tour groups or as museums, but as hotels and renowned restaurants. Sleep like a royal at one of Holland’s castle hotels, where historic interiors are paired with 21st-century luxury. Even budget travelers can get in on the experience thanks to modern hostels in stunning locations. And if you’re only passing through, stop off for a culinary feast at lunch or for dinner in one of Holland’s top castle restaurants.