The countryside of Noord-Holland was always a popular region for the rich merchants of the Golden Age. Each summer they would leave their primary residence in the heart of Amsterdam, retreating to extravagant castles and estates with acres of beautifully manicured gardens.
Both north west of Amsterdam, and south east, on the banks of the River Amstel and River Vecht, you can still bike and boat past these historic houses. Some are open to the public while others leave you dreaming of an aristocratic life by the water.
Discover a land of medieval fortresses, historical river estates and lush green gardens within half an hour of Amsterdam.
Whether you have a full day to spend or just half, here's a selection of suggested itineraries for taking in the best sights and experiences of Castles & Gardens, including transport details to and from Amsterdam.