Magnificent palaces in picturesque gardens, impressive castles and fortresses surrounded by protective water. Large country estates, historic country houses, imposing mansions in the midst of extensive meadows—and mile after mile of dense forest.
Dive into the history of Holland through its magnificent castles and country houses. You'll find no less than 700 still-standing monuments to years gone by scattered across the country, from historic fortresses to stately homes. And with numerous properties being the one-time home of the Dutch royal family, you can trace the roots of this mighty lineage back through their many homes—and experience their connection to the other powerful families of Europe.
If the Dutch royal lineage doesn't interest you, however, you can simply admire the architecture. In the Golden Age, wealthy merchants would construct hundreds of luxurious country houses, complete with stylistically designed gardens and intricate interiors—inspiring numerous architectural and design trends over the years. And best of all: Many of these Dutch castles and country houses are now open to the public, whether as museums, family-friendly attractions, hotels, youth hostels or excellent restaurants.
In this Collection, we present six bike rides and two hikes that'll take you to the most beautiful Dutch castles and country houses.
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The largest privately owned Dutch estate is the protagonist of this unmarked circular walk over Twickel. The estate covers a good 4000 hectares and is located near Delden in Twente, a region in the east of the country. Twickel Castle is the center of a country estate that includes landscapes as varied as forests, heaths, valleys and farms with fields and pastures. All 160 farms can be recognized by the black and white window hatches.
Diepenheim's Six Castles cycle route is one of Twente's most popular cycling routes. This digital version navigates you along the route and informs you about the castles, their inhabitants and the remarkable things. On the way there are enough nice terraces to rest.
The year is 1765 and the bumpy country roads along the Vechte are busy. In great hustle and bustle "country seats" are built, one more beautiful than the other. The owners are in the course of the VOC wealthy Amsterdam, who want to escape the city in the summer. The pleasure gardens should serve the recovery, but also impress! Now, almost four centuries later, the stately country estates with the gardens, round tea pavilions and gazebos are still imposing.