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.
The Keukenhof is especially known to friends of tulips. During the tulip blossom, many flower fans make their pilgrimage to the Keukenhof and the tulip farms. But the Keukenhof offers even more interesting. In addition to the castle, the newly opened Lisser Art Museum is a highlight.
During your approximately…
The bike tour starting from Duivenvoorde Castle is part of the rural castle route. On your way are many castles, palaces and mansions. The area has been treasured for centuries by nobles and wealthy merchants because of their proximity to the coast.
Your 33-kilometer tour starts at Duivenvoorde Castle…
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This bike tour takes you to the publicly accessible castles and estates in Wassenaar, Voorschoten and Voorburg. The whole region around The Hague has been popular with the owners of castles and country estates for centuries as it is very close to the sea.
In addition, the route leads past no fewer than…
This unsigned hike leads from the impressive Amerongen Castle, through the picturesque village of Amerongen, to the magnificent Amerongse Berg recreation area. Outside the closed village you soon reach the woods, where the paved roads stop. The Amerongse Berg has been part of the Heuvelrug National Park…
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…
This cycling route takes you from Amsterdam to Muiderslot and back. Muiderslot is one of the most picturesque medieval castles in the Netherlands. On the way there, you will be driving along the shores of the IJ and IJmeer virtually uninterrupted.
It starts at the Centraal Station, where once the Amstel…
This route takes you through the eastern part of the Veluwezoom and through the municipalities of Rheden and Rozendaal. The varied landscape is one of the reasons for the high attractiveness of this region.
The route leads along the IJssel and through the dyke foreland, but also through unique and wonderful…
The Veluwezoom is often referred to as the "Gelding Arcadia" due to its landscape and its vast estates, castles and mansions. Here you will find, among others, the estate Middachten, Park and Castle Rosendael, House Zypendaal, Castle Doorwerth and the Villa Sanoer.
The hilly landscape has always been…
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…
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