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Castles & Gardens

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.

History meets nature

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.


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Loosdrechtse Plassen aerial photo Cris Toala Olivares
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Castles & Gardens highlights

I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in Castles & Gardens, including restaurants, hotels, excursion...

Castles & Gardens itineraries

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 Castle...

Amstel River Countryside

Amsterdam has a green oasis right on its doorstep, meaning everyone can easily enjoy the natural diversity of the Amstel River Countryside.

Leisure Lakes

For a beautiful day beside or on the water, you needn’t simply take to the seaside: head inland and enjoy the many Leisure Lakes near Amsterdam.

The Fortress Stretch

Step back in time when you visit the Fortress Stretch. Home to many old castles, fortified towns and ruins, this picturesque region offers a vivid win...

Famous Castles & Gardens towns and villages


The fortified town of Muiden sits near the IJmeer, just east of Amsterdam. It dates back to the 10th century and is now known for its peaceful streets...


Naarden is a small town located to the east of Amsterdam, in the Gooi and Vecht region. Famous for its ‘star fort’ grid which resembles a giant snowf...


Lying just to the south east of Amsterdam near Muiden and Naarden, Weesp is a quaint town famed for its historical buildings. The town dates back to t...

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a quaint village located south of Amsterdam on the bank of the Ouderkerkerplas lake. The village dates back to the 12th cen...


Breukelen, located north-west of Utrecht, is best known for its nature areas and the large mansions and castle that adorn the banks of the winding Vec...


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