The Netherlands, Land of Castles
I am a huge fan of this fascinating piece of cultural history. Even as a child, I was enchanted by exciting medieval castles. It was love at first sight and the reason I studied history at university. I continue to make fantastic discoveries, with castles, country estates and manor houses revealing themselves as innovative historical gems that emphasize the Netherlands’ inclusive image.
I am honoured to share my knowledge and passion with you. Let me be your local guide in the Netherlands, land of castles. I’ll take you on a stunning journey of discovery along the most beautiful castles, country estates, manor houses and castle gardens in the Netherlands that you simply must see.
Why do you visit Dutch castles?
Our tip for 'Castle interiors'Category: Read
Step into a world of opulence and uncover a wealth of history and art in the castles of Holland.Read more
Our tip for 'Castle gardens'Category: Read
Visit the beautifully-designed gardens that surround Holland’s historic castles and country houses.Read more
Our tip for 'Castle history'© NBTC / Castles & Country Houses storylineCategory: Read
Get to know the famous inhabitants who’ve contributed to the compelling history of Dutch castles.Read more
My first castle
Just after we had visited Muiderslot, my father took me to see De Haar Castle near Utrecht, the most beautiful fairy-tale castle in the Netherlands. This castle has hosted countless international celebrities, including Maria Callas and Brigitte Bardot. The neighbouring castle village of Haarzuilens is equally picturesque. It is painted in red and white, the colours of De Haar Castle.
Visiting Slot Loevestein is always a magnificent experience. The castle is nestled in the most spectacular location in the Dutch river landscape and can only be reached via a narrow dead-end lane that leads to the confluence of two mighty rivers. The famous Dutch scholar and lawyer Hugo Grotius was imprisoned at this secluded location until he escaped by hiding in a book chest.
Huis Bergh is likely the first castle that German visitors encounter in the Netherlands. Standing in a forested hilly landscape, this huge fortified castle overlooks the border and Autobahn 3. Features such as the extraordinary beauty and quality of its medieval art collection never cease to amaze me.
Castle provinces: Utrecht and Gelderland
Geldersch Landschap en Kasteelen Foundation
Hernen Castle’s tower dates back to the 14th century.
Ammersoyen Castle in Gelderland is protected by two imposing moats and is particularly noted for its historic interior.
The history of Doorwerth Castle dates back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest castles in the Netherlands.
The Chatelaine of Rosendael
When thinking of a castle manager, people tend to think of a grey-haired woman with a bun and spectacles. I’d like to shake off that old-fashioned image.
The most beautiful castle gardens in the Netherlands
Het Loo Palace
While Het Loo Palace is closed until 2022 due to renovation work, the stables and gardens are accessible to the public.
Groeneveld Castle is located on a 130 hectare estate in the province of Utrecht. The garden park is characterized by the range of garden styles and the fantastic vegetable garden that is an oasis of peace and quiet.
Because some of Bergh Castle's defence towers have been converted into luxury suites, you can spend the night in regal style at this ancient castle.
Biodiversity in a castle garden
What makes your castle experience even better?
Our tip for 'A romantic overnight stay'Category: Read
Wake up in a fairy tale with an overnight stay at a castle or country house hotel in Holland.Read more
Our tip for 'A nice walk'© iStockCategory: Read
The many castles and country estates in the Netherlands are the perfect spots for a lovely walk.Read more
Our tip for 'A delicious culinary experience'Category: Read
Dine like royalty at a castle or estate. See the best places for an elegant meal in regal settings.Read more
Culinary enjoyment at a country estate
I work with hyperlocal produce here. I source all ingredients right here on the estate or its immediate surroundings whenever possible. When I came here three years ago, I immediately felt at home. Doornburgh and I are good friends.