De Haar Castle is the biggest and most luxurious castle in the Netherlands. A beautiful castle with towers, turrets, moats, gates, and suspension bridges, it resembles a true medieval castle. This castle is in the little village of Haarzuilens near Utrecht. A visit to Castle De Haar takes you back to the glory days of the past. Your visit will give you a better idea of the excessive life that the international jet set lived at the beginning of the 20th century.
Castle De Haar in the village of Haarzuilens is close to Utrecht
Are you traveling from Amsterdam? Take the train from Amsterdam Central to Utrecht Central, transfer to the train to Vleuten station, and take bus 127 to Kasteel de Haar. In total, you will be on the road for about 1.5 hours.
Buying a travel E-ticket online is cheaper than buying a travel ticket on the station.
➔ Book here your travel E-ticket NS online – Amsterdam ➔ Castle de Haar, Haarzuilen
If you are traveling from Utrecht you can go to Castle de Haar by Bike, this ride takes about 40 minutes. Or take the train to station Vleuten, rent a bike and cycle to Castle de Haar.
Use Google maps for the best way to Castle de Haar, it isn’t difficult to get there. Bikes are for rent at any train station.
If you prefer to travel by public transport take the train from Utrecht Central to Vleuten Station and then bus 127 to Castle de Haar.
➔ Book here your travel E-ticket NS online – Utrecht ➔ Castle de Haar, Haarzuilen
Are you traveling from Rotterdam? Take the train from Rotterdam Central Station to Vleuten station, here you take the bus mummer 127 to Castle de Haar.
➔ Book here your travel E-ticket NS online – Rotterdam ➔ Castle de Haar, Haarzuilen
From the bus stop to the entrance at the gatehouse Castle de Haar is 960 meters and takes about 15 minutes to walk.
Rose gardens around Castle De Haar in Haarzuilens
The park and its gardens surrounding Castle De Haar, it’s covering over 135 acres of land and is absolutely worth a visit. The Rose Garden, the Roman Garden, the ponds and canals, as well as the many bridges, romantic vistas, and impressive avenues invite visitors to go on a long walk. Each season has its own charm, the park is always beautiful.
Visit Castle De Haar in Utrecht
The castle can be visited on a guided tour led by one of the expert guides. During the tour, you will learn everything you need to know about the castle’s architectural history, it’s interior and collection, and the special relationship with the Van Zuylen and Rothschild families. The castle has a cosmopolitan grandeur unique to the Netherlands.
Or you can buy a ticket and visit Castle de Haar and walk around by yourself.
Castle de Haar – Interior
Festivals, Fairs, and Events at Castle De Haar in Haarzuilens
Elfia Fantasy Fair
Castle De Haar, or as we say at Kasteel de Haar is the perfect place for festivities. Imagine walking around as a knight or as a troll through this magical ambiance. Move between elves and princesses, witches and dragons. How cool is that?
The most famous events are the Country and Christmas Fair and the Elfia Fantasy Fair. At the Elfia Fantasy Fair, all visitors come dressed, some of them are beautiful and transformed into knights, elves, witches, and dwarfs. The Country and Christmas Fair is at the end of November and the Elf Fantasy Fair is in April. On these days you pay different admission prices than usual.
Country and Christmas fair
Every year, in late November, the Country and Christmas fair is organized at Castle de Haar. This winter fair lasts about one week and is all about Christmas, Christmas feelings, Christmas decorations, and Christmas shopping.
➔ Country and Christmas Fair Castle de Haar
When to visit Castle De Haar
The place is open 7 days a week. The park around the Castle opens at 9 o’clock. The Castle itself usually opens at 11 hours. The place closes just after 16 hours.
Address: Kasteel de Haar, Kasteellaan 1, 3455 RR Haarzuilen
➔ Kasteel Haarzuilens