During the Covid-19 pandemic, we were more designated to visit places in our own country. Of course, it’s a pity that traveling to other countries during this period was difficult. However, it’s a good moment to learn about the beautiful spots we have in our own country. For me, the Netherlands. More than ever, I learned about pretty, cosy places near my hometown as well as some places a bit further away. On one of these trips, I went to the gardens of De Haar Castle (In Dutch: Kasteel De Haar). Today, more about this gorgeous spot.
Situated in the centre of the Netherlands, near Utrecht, you can find this imposing castle. It surely is worth a visit! After we left the highway, we quickly drove into a rustic, green environment. We made a stop at the cosy village Haarzuilen, where we enjoyed a pancake on the terrace of restaurant Toetje. It has a sociable terrace and inside it looks great as well. It is situated on the edge of the centre of Haarzuilen. The flowery interior will cheer you up and when your favourite colour is pink, this is the place to be!
Lunchtip: Restaurant Toetje at Haarzuilens. For more information, click here!
After lunch, we continued our way to the castle over a small winding road. It’s a green oasis of peace. We park our car and walk through the imposant entrance gate. The well maintained courtyard with red and white accents leads us, via the right side, to the entree of the castle. We already bought the tickets for the garden online. However, we had to wait a while before our tickets were scanned and we could continue our walk to the gardens.
For an actual overview of the entree prices of the castle and the gardens, click here!
One of the first and also the most photogenic parts of the gardens, in my opinion, was the rose garden. The well maintained garden offers a range of different colours as well as a great view on the castle. You can sit down on one of the benches to peacefully enjoy the biggest castle of the Netherlands, and the flowery garden.
From the rose garden, we walked to the back of the castle. We passed diverse geometric constructed flowerbeds (named the Roman garden) with the most beautiful flowers. Some people were laying on a rug and enjoyed the sun and great views of the castle.
After the Roman Garden, we walked to the main entrance. From here, we paused shortly at the crotch pond, where some swans with cubs peacefully swam through the water filled with duckweed. We continue our walk to the field at the pedunculate oak. As it is not too busy over here, I decided to take some shots of the photogenic castle and garden with my drone.
We chose this day to only visit the gardens. However, you can also buy a combi ticket and combine the garden with a visit of the castle. The gardens only were really worth the visit with a total area of more than 100 hectares. It’s big enough to spend the afternoon. You can take some food with you and make a picnic. But there is also a terrace where you can buy a snack and a drink.
So, when you’re in Holland and wondering what to do, visit De Haar Castle! It is really worth the time and money.
Want to know more about the history of De Haar Castle? Click here!