Travels with Tim and Lisa

"If my discoveries are other people's commonplaces I cannot help it – for me they retain a momentous freshness" (Elizabeth Bowen)

Kasteel de Haar, Sunday June 7th, 2015

Posted by Lisa Hill on June 8, 2015

On the way back from Utrecht, we visited Kasteel de Haar, one of the most bizarre historic buildings I’ve ever come across.  It was basically a ruin when the impecunious heir decided to restore it, which he was able to fund by fortuitously marrying a Rothschild.

The Neo-Gothic restoration by Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers was extravagant, to say the least.  It’s a bit gaudy from the outside, and rather gloomy in most of the rooms inside, but the rooms that Helena Rothschild had a hand in are lovely, and there are some stunning artworks and architectural features as well. It had very advanced plumbing and electrics, and a ginormous kitchen full of gorgeous copper pots too. Alas, I am not able to show you any photos of the interior because they not only won’t let visitors take photos, they also don’t have any for sale in the gift shop (if there is one) and there aren’t any pictures online either. All I have is a few pictures of the castle and garden, but, well, my heart wasn’t in it because I wanted to photograph the interior, or at least buy postcards of it.

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Now, far be it from me to encourage anybody to break the rules of unreasonable tourist attractions such as this one, and no, I have no idea how Wikipedia comes to have images which were forbidden to us, but if you want to have a look at least at the kitchen whose copyright they are so assiduously guarding, click here!

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4 Responses to “Kasteel de Haar, Sunday June 7th, 2015”

  1. Louise said

    It’s a shame about the inside photos. We almost got there when we were in Holland. At least we set out in a car, but got stopped in a traffic jam or road works and it was all impossible, so I think we went back to the house and ate cheese.

    • Lisa Hill said

      It’s a real swiz.
      We’ve been very lucky with traffic. It was Sunday, which helped, and the weather’s good so half the population is on bikes instread of in cars.

  2. Haha, Lisa … the funny thing is that from what I see you could take the Wikipedia photos and put them on your blog. Strange isn’t it. Anyhow, enjoyed your post, despite the lack of photos. The ones you took are wonderful though.

    • Lisa Hill said

      True, I probably could do that, but it’s so time-consuming – and it’s not personal in the same way. You know how it is, we all notice different things in the places we visit and it’s that idiosyncratic snap that makes travel blogs so much fun.

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