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“"Summer ànd winter the castle and its gardens are a fairy-tail location!"” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kasteel de Haar

Kasteel de Haar
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Renkum, the Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“"Summer ànd winter the castle and its gardens are a fairy-tail location!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

I just returned from the Country and Christmas Fair at the grounds of kasteel "De Haar". Whether it is summer or winter this place is always a fairy-tail. With the soft lights in the stands, the music in the background and the smells of various delicious foods, it is a lovely experience at the start of a long winter.
But also the fairs in spring and summer are very romantic and benefit of the location.
The castle is a beauty on its own: the exterior and interior are unique in the Netherlands and host a lot of history of one of the most noble families in Holland.
So, whenever you go, there is always something to enjoy: inside the castle or outside in its amazing gardens.
Highly recommended!!

Visited November 2013
Thank Klaas S
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Naples, Florida
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“Royalty at it's best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

My wife and I get there late in the afternoon so we only had time to walk the gardens. We missed the guided tour.
Just walking around the garden was great, the fall colors started to show and the flowers looked great. I will go back next year to go inside the castle

Visited October 2013
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Albufeira, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Beautiful Dutch castle and gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We took the Room Tour..... but, on this day, there was no English audio available and it seems that the tours are only in Dutch. But luckily our friend was able to translate most of it for us. So if you wish to take any of the tours, unless you can speak Dutch, make sure you get a tour / day where the audio is available..... otherwise, you're just viewing the castle without learning about it (but, if that doesn't bother you too much, then great!).
But the castle and the gardens are really beautiful, it is worth the visit, even if you're just taking in the sites. It is regarded as the most luxurious castle in The Netherlands!

Visited October 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We did not do the tour but wandered the gardens and grounds. It was beautiful. It looks like they will be lighting for Christmas soon- the photo's were stunning! Next visit we'll have the formal tour and stay until night to see the lights in person.

Visited November 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not a typical Dutch tour guide?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

Visited Kasteel de Haar yesterday (Sun Sep 29, noon), a nice castle with lovely grounds and gardens, built by a minor Dutch nobility some 120 years ago using money from his rich wife (a daughter of the Rothschild family) for the entertaining of, as it later turned out, movie stars mostly. The guided tour, 12 euro, started out pleasant enough, all in Dutch (which I has none – not an issue in any way), but I was astounded when the tour guide, upon learning that I was from Sydney, Australia, exclaimed, verbatim, “but you don’t have blue eyes and blond hair”.

Hmmm. I was forced to give her a quick and gentle lesson that life really had moved on, and that human history is full of ups and downs, blink of an eye really. Thousands of years ago our own forebears built serious forts and castles (rather than a plaything like the De Haar) on their way to conquer the world while Western Europe, the Netherlands included, mired in extreme poverty and cultural ignorance, suffering a series of dark ages before and after its submission to the Romans. And that I myself do teach quite a few “blue eye and blond hair” (good heavens, I dislike using such words in this context but have to repeat them here to make a point) souls learn a thing or two in life.

I feel sorry for the prejudices and ignorance of the tour guide, a woman of some advanced age (I myself am nearly 60). Rather sad, considering the Dutch have been doing a fine job in some respect for the betterment of the world.

I can only hope that after today the woman improves herself a little for her job, and less absorbed in her own self-importance.

Tch tch.

Long VP (Sydney)

Visited September 2013
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