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The Netherlands has had some pretty impressive castles throughout history. Many of these medieval castles have not survived, but luckily there are still some beautiful castles still worth a visit.  

Castle Muiderslot

Muiden Castle located at the mouth of the Vecht river, some 15 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam, in City of Muiden , where it flows into what used to be the Zuiderzee.  It is one of the most beautiful example of a High Medieval castle in the Netherlands,  and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It forms part of the 135km Defence Line around Amsterdam, where forts and water systems were used to deter attacks on the city.


Muiden Castle

Castle De Haar

The castle is situated near Utrecht , a medieval fortress with towers and ramparts, moats, gates and drawbridges. De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle in The Netherlands. It is one of the top European historic houses. Like a real fairy-tale castle, it rises majestically from parkland with impressive trees, old gardens, and ponds....A visit to De Haar Castle will take you back to the glory days of the castle and will show you the breathtaking splendour that surrounded the international rich and famous in the early 20th century. You will be amazed at the very un-Dutch luxury in which the Van Zuylen family and their guests lived amidst a wealth of history and art.

De Haar Castle

Castle Doorwerth 

Doorwerth Castle, a medieval castle lies at the foot of the wooded hills , along the river Rhine near the city of Arnhem, Netherlands. It is one of the oldest castles in Holland, boasting a history that stretches back as far as the 12th century, and is absolutely worth a visit. The furnished rooms allow you to literally smell, see and hear its history. Not only for the excellent museums, but also because of the beautiful building, the century-old trees and its unique surroundings.


Doorwerth Castle

By Vincent van Zeijst -, CC BY-SA 3.0

Castle Doornenburg

The castle is located in the eastern part of the province of Gelderland, near the village of Doornenburg. It is one of the biggest and most well-preserved castles in the Netherlands.  It is a good example of a late medieval castle with a bailey.  The formidable walled bailey in its present is dated back to the 15th century. The chapel is probably a 16th century addition while the domestic buildings and the farm on the bailey dated back to the 17th-18th century.

Originally the castle was a fortified manor built in the 9th century. In the 13th century it was converted into  a proper castle. Through the centuries the castle was expanded further into the current form. The castle was occupied until the 19th century.  By the end of the Second World War it was almost completely destroyed. Fortunately it was completely rebuilt between 1947 and 1968.

 By Michel van der Vegt -Pixabay 

Farmland of Holland

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By Eveline de Bruin - Pixabay 
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