Castles & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating history of the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the ancient castles that were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Many of the castles and exquisitely manicured gardens are open to the public. Discover the best sights, the area's hidden gems and how to plan your trip from Amsterdam. 

Travel back in time at historic castles

Castles and majestic country estates are dotted through the countryside in the Amsterdam Area - some are even within cycling distance of Amsterdam. Take a guided tour of a castle, attend an exhibition or just sail along the River Amstel or River Vecht dreaming of an aristocratic life by the water. Here you will find inspiring ideas about the best way to spend a day in the Castles and Gardens region. 

Discover the region with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

Reasons to visit Castles and Gardens:


  • Just 30 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station
  • A land of fairy tale castles and charming gardens

  • Highlights: Muiderslot, Fortress Island Pampus

Castles and gardens destinations

Breukelen

Breukelen castle, CC BY 2.5 Loki2003 via Fotothing.com
With its nature areas, large mansions and spectacular castle, Breukelen offers visitors a wealth of historic sights and experiences.

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Take a short bike ride from Amsterdam and discover a scenic refuge away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Weesp

Step back in time in Weesp, a historic city brimming with spectacular forts and windmills, and buildings that date back hundreds of years.

Muiden

Dating back to the 10th century, Muiden's peaceful streets, small cafés, historic landmarks and picturesque harbour make for a perfect day trip out of Amsterdam.

Naarden

One of the best preserved fortified towns in Europe, Naarden's remarkable ‘star fort’ grid layout and cafés, shops and attractions make it simply unmissable.

Amstel River Countryside

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Hire a boat or a bike and explore this green oasis right on Amsterdam's doorstep.

Laren

Laren town centre
Though small, Laren has a lot to offer visitors, including charming streets, abundant nature and fascinating museums.

Leisure Lakes

Geert Snoeijer
For a beautiful day beside or on the water, you don't need the seaside. Instead, enjoy the many Leisure Lakes near Amsterdam.

Activities, excursions, hotels and more

Naarden boat, Geert Snoeijer
Explore what to do and where to stay, eat and drink while visiting the Amsterdam region's superlative Castles & Gardens.

Castles & Gardens itineraries

De Haar Castle Ryan Beck flickr cc via 2.0
Discover how to spend a day in a land of fairy-tale castles and Dutch Golden Age estates in the Amsterdam Area.

Castles & Gardens: Get inspired!

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.

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.

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How to get to Castles & Gardens:

How to get to the Castles & Gardens region

Explore the Castles & Gardens region. Make the most of excellent public transport connections to enjoy a memorable day trip in the Amsterdam Area.

Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

This convenient multi-purpose ticket offers unlimited public transport by bus, tram, train and metro in the entire Amsterdam area.

I amsterdam City Card

Your City Card gives you free entry to some fantastic museums, castles and attractions to be found in the Amsterdam Area.

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