De Haar Castle – straight out of a fairy tale

De Haar Castle

De Haar Castle is one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the Netherlands. Situated near Amsterdam, this fairy-tale castle can trace its roots back to the 12th century but the current structure was built in the 19th century. Commissioned by Baron van Zuylen van Nyevelt (who married into the Rothschild family; one of Europe’s wealthiest), the castle was designed by Pierre Cuypers, who also designed some of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks such as the Central Station and the Rijksmuseum.

A fairy tale castle near Amsterdam

With its towers, moats, drawbridges and gargoyles, De Haar Castle truly is an enchanting sight. I highly recommend taking a tour of the castle – the guides tell fascinating stories about the origins of the castle, interesting anecdotes about the van Zuylen/Rothschild family and offer an intriguing peek into life as an aristocrat in the 19th century. In addition, the interior of the castle is absolutely stunning – if the central foyer doesn’t grab your attention, the ballroom will! I also recommend a stroll around the extensive gardens with its centuries-old trees, lakes and statues.


De Haar Castle and its grounds.


De Haar Castle gardens

Castle lake


Drawbridge at Castle De Haar.

Gargoyle at Castle De Haar.

Ceiling – interior of Castle De Haar.


De Haar Castle with its chapel.

Read about a culinary treat at a gorgeous village near this castle.

Koetshuis or carriage house of Castle De Haar.

De Haar Castle is located in the charming village of Haarzuilens (map), a 20-minute drive south of Amsterdam.

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7 Responses to “De Haar Castle – straight out of a fairy tale”

  1. Playa Del Carmen 26/11/2010 4:17 am


    Unfortunately, I have not seen this place as well, keep traveling to Netherlands once or twice every month and believe, I am going to look at few more beauties from the Netherlands



  2. Suzan Gripekoven-Brigl 12/11/2010 8:35 am

    I love this place for feeling good….
    I love it

  3. els 10/11/2010 6:42 pm

    Wat mooi! De geschiedenis is zo vaak niet gewaardeerd… tot je er niet meer woont.

  4. Andi 10/11/2010 5:13 pm

    Just gorgeous!!! I love European castles. 🙂

  5. the destination india 10/11/2010 12:23 pm

    Awesome pictures.

  6. Camels & Chocolate 09/11/2010 9:19 pm

    I’m kind of bummed that I spent six months in the Netherlands and explored so little of it. This, in particular, is such a lovely spot! All the more reason to go back…


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