Kastel de Haar is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Netherlands. It is located near the city of Utrecht, one of the most popular and best cities in the Netherlands. The distance from Amsterdam Centraal to Kastel de Haar is approximately 40 kilometers. How is it possible to travel between Amsterdam and Kastel de Haar? Is it worth the trip?
Many people coming to the Netherlands have read and heard about Keukenhof. That is a place everyone should visit, but you should definitely visit the magnificent Kastel de Haar as well. Why is that?
Why visit Kastel de Haar?
Kasteel de Haar, also known as De Haar Castle, is a medieval-style castle located in the Netherlands, near the city of Utrecht. The castle was originally built in the 14th and 15th centuries, but it wasn’t taken good care of. In the end of the 19th century and in the start of the 20th century, the castle was restored and expanded by the wealthy van Zuylen family, who owned the property at the time.
Today, Kasteel de Haar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands, attracting visitors from all over the world. The castle features a stunning array of medieval architecture, including turrets, towers, moats, and drawbridges. Inside, visitors can explore a variety of rooms and halls, including the grand ballroom, the library, and the kitchen.
The castle is surrounded by a large park and gardens, which feature a variety of sculptures, fountains, and other decorative elements. Visitors can take guided tours of the castle and its grounds, and there are also a number of events and activities held here throughout the year, including concerts, exhibitions, and festivals. As you visit the area, you can buy a ticket that allows you to visit the park only, or you can buy a ticket that will give you entrance to the castle itself, in addition to the park. No matter which option you choose, you will witness one of the most beautiful areas in all the Netherlands.
How to travel from Amsterdam to Kastel de Haar with public transportation?
The easiest way to visit Kastel de Haar is with a car. You can then drive straight to the castle, park your car, and enjoy the park, the castle, and the surroundings. But if you do not have a car and don’t want to pay for a taxi, then you can use public transportation. That is, however, a little bit complicated and quite time consuming, meaning you should consider joining an arranged trip instead.
If you still want to use public transportation, this is the best way to travel from Amsterdam (or other cities in the Netherlands) to Kastel de Haar.
- Travel by train to Utrecht Centraal.
- Travel from Utrecht Centraal to Vleuten by train.
- Ride with bus 127 from Vleuten Station to “Haarzuilens, Eikslaan/Kasteel”.
- Walk from the bus stop to the castle.
Haarzuilen is a beautiful little village next to the castle, so it is a perfect location for lunch, a cup of coffee, or for a delightful dinner.
The bus connecting Vleuten Station with Kastel de Haar doesn’t ride too often (normally once per hour), meaning that you should plan this beforehand if you don’t want to end up waiting unnecessarily. This is also true about your return ride to Vleuten Station as you finish your trip to Kastel de Haar.
What to eat near Kastel de Haar?
Are you looking for something to eat near Kastel de Haar? There are places within the castle-area where you can find something to eat and drink. Would you like to eat in something reminding more of a normal restaurant? You will find several restaurants a few hundred meters from the castle in the village of Haarzullens. This is a fantastic village with a great atmosphere, making it an ideal solution if you want to eat a warm lunch or a nice dinner.
If you want to eat a delightful Italian pizza instead, travel back to the center of Vleuten. Close to Vleuten Station you can find the Italian restaurant Cucina Elena. Here you can eat one of the best pizzas in the Netherlands (that is our subjective opinion) making it worth a stop if you are in the area.
Where to live near Kastel de Haar?
Are you looking for a place to live near Kastel de Haar? Here you have a few suggestions.
- The Lodge: You don’t get closer to Kastel de Haar than this. This farm-like accommodation is approximately 1000 meters from the castle, making it an ideal solution for a fantastic sleep in a peaceful environment near the castle.
- Brasserie de Brouverij: This accommodation is in the center of Vleuten. It is “only” 2.6km from Kastel de Haar. You can easily walk from this location to the castle in a peaceful environment making it a good solution if you want to live a bit more central than what you do at “The Lodge.” You will find grocery stores, restaurants, and the train station close to this accommodation.
Those were some suggestions if you want to spend the night in a hotel or something reminding you of a hotel near Kastel de Haar.
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