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“The best kasteel of the Netherlands”
Review of Kasteel de Haar

Kasteel de Haar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We went to open monument day in the Netherlands where all monuments, museums and government buildings were open to the public, the 2nd Saturday in September. Although it was crowded the grounds are huge with a reflecting pool and chapel. There is rose garden and maze, an area for friendly deer and walking paths everywhere. Even a wishing well, ok so it is filled with pebbles. Cinderella watch out, this castle is real. It is still occupied by the Baroness for one week in September and again in December. The interior is oozing with luxury and the furnishing rival that of any other castle in Germany.

We went with our son who was bored with the inside until we pointed out the swords and other pieces of battle attire. He loved the maze which we got lost in and feeding the deer. There were a lot of activities for children because of the open day. He got to scoop in reflecting pond, build a hut, watch a little theater.

We took a free 15 minute tour of the first floor offered during monument days. We plan to return for picnics on the ground which are free.

On a side note, free toilets!

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

While the original castle was here for centuries, what one sees now is created by the romantic (and economic) wave of the late XIX century. Similar to the King Ludwig's dream, De Haar is romantic and has a lot of stories behind. While keeping less referencies to Wagner then it's German brothers, it is a beautiful imitation (one that seems to be better then the original) of the Gothic style.
It stands on a plain, so it lucks the lustre of snow mountains around, but the castle and the garden give unique feeling of still being a personal, nearly private space.

Thank Ilya1967
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This beautiful castle is really a sight to see.. Guided tours are available in Dutch but we have the option to hear it in English on the recorder so that was a plus point for us.

We actually loved the gardens of the castle more than the interior, although the interior was dripping with every form of luxury that we could have imagined. The castle grounds were beautifully kept and the gardens were lush with green and have good walking paths and even a small maze. The view of the castle from the gardens is breathtaking.

1  Thank SoonYee
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

It's a beautiful, fairytale castle BUT for kids not nearly as fun as Muiderslot Castle. Muiderslot totally caters to kids with masses of educational, hands-on activities. The interior of De Haar is much more geared to adults. The grounds are totally worth a visit with kids though.

Having said that, once we were there, I'm so pleased we went inside even though it's compulsory to pay for a tour. The displays are very interesting for adults, kids can't touch a thing. For non-Dutch speakers, there is an audio tour that you do whilst the rest of the group has a tour in Dutch with a guide. There's nothing special for kids on the audio tour. I wish they offered a trail for kids in English or something but at least going with other kids meant your kids don't have to be silent! So a very good idea. The Dutch kids seem to enjoy their tour so the young man was obviously good. They really should let you take photos without flash. They do in the Louvre and who has greater treasures than the Louvre! This was such a missed opportunity to market the castle with friends and family at home through great photos! And I wish we could have gone outside on the rooftops to see the view.

The grounds are lovely and we enjoyed an ice-cream on the lawn after the tour. A lovely place to come and walk. Our kids visited dressed as a Knight and Princess and we got great photos of them at least in front of the castle. I think all castles should give kids/adults who dress up a discount. It really adds to the atmosphere to have as many people as people in costume!!

2  Thank GroovyTraveller01
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

This 19/20th century castle is an amazing place for young and old. Recently restored to its original glory its one of the most amazing castles in the Netherlands. Both the castle and the park are worth a visit. Check if and when the castle is open for a guided tour, they also have special children's tours more focused on princes an princesses. I have been here many many times and I keep coming back as I think it’s a very special place indeed.

Thank mkrijntjes
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