Kasteel de Haar Haarzuilens Utrecht

Kasteel de Haar

First mentioned in 1391, Kasteel de Haar was fell into ruin but was financed by the Rothchilds and restored to its present state by Pierre Cuypers in 1892.

This is an impressive castle, possibly one of the best examples in The Netherlands. First mentioned in 1391, it was given to the De Haar family but passed to the Van Zuylen family in 1482. After 1641 it gradually fell into ruin until it was restored in 1892 by Pierre Cuypers.

Opening Times

Castle:
Mon-Sun: 11:00-17:00

Park
Mon-Sun: 09:00-17:00

Prices

   €0  Adult with Museumkaart.

   €17.00  Adult without Museumkaart.

Contact and Location Details

Kasteellaan 1
3455 RR Haarzuilens
Utrecht

   +31 30 677 8515

   Website

   52.11957, 4.98446

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Personal Notes

I have mixed thoughts about this castle. It is, quite clearly, impressive to the eye. It feels almost out-of-place though, I personally was quite surprised to find a castle like this in The Netherlands. Architecturally it is of some significance, Pierre Cuypers designed the Rijksmuseum and Central Station in Amsterdam. Some of the modern conveniences like electric lighting and central heating were state-of-art at the time. All of this was made possible because the Catholic Baron Van Zuylen wooed and married the Jewish Baroness Rothschild in 1887. This is an interesting story - the Baroness was disinherited for doing so, but still apparently had enough money for the restoration. They had two children, which is also interesting as the Baroness later lead a lesbian lifestyle with Renée Vivien and other women. I wonder whether the Baroness was ever really her true self and ever happy despite all the wealth. The good times for the family Van Zuylen persisted into the 60s and 70s, and there is a display of the parties they held with movie stars like Roger Moore, Bridget Bardot and so on. But it appears the lavish lifestyles of that generation used up a lot of the family finances, and in 2000 the castle was handed over to a foundation. I don't know the details of the foundation, however the castle is opened to the public and the funds this generates along with events maintain it today.

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