Cycle route de Haar Castle-Zuilen Palace
Breukelen, Utrecht, Leidsche Rijn, Maarssen
De Haar is the biggest castle in Holland and it still exudes splendour and wealth. In the 70s De Haar was a magnet for the jetset and its regular guests included celebrities like Roger Moore, Joan Collins and Brigitte Bardot. Zuylen Castle is a cosy, noble home with a well preserved 18th century collection, which makes a visit more than worthwhile. Both are part of the national storyline on castles and country houses, which features the most beautiful castle museums and gardens in Holland. We warmly recommend to enjoy coffees at the coach house at De Haar Castle or to have some lovely vegetable soup with produce from their own kitchen gardens at Zuilen Palace.
The cycle route starts and finishes at the village of Haarzuilens, where you can park your car for free and if you like, rent a bike or e-bike. There are also various cafés and restaurants to enjoy some food and drink prior to your bike tour. After a short ride through the village you reach the river De Vecht, which is widely named as the most beautiful river in Holland. Along the river banks there are various other historic estates and castles to be admired. Right from the start of the Golden Age (17th century), this region was very popular with the fabulously rich from Amsterdam as a summer retreat to escape the dusty and smelly city.
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