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Castle of Haar

Haarzuilens, the fairytale village with Haar Castle, the largest in the Netherlands

Haarzuilens what to see and do?

Haarzuilens, a small fairytale village that is home to the largest castle in the Netherlands, Haar Castle, the castle of the international jetset during the XNUMXth century.

On our way through the Netherlands, or as we call it, Holland in a motorhome, we discover fairytale villages, unusual places, natural parks and castles with a lot of charm. We also discovered Holland with children, with our children, and with our dog Max, who widens our gaze and makes us enjoy it 200%.

Stay on our journey through our posts on our blog and start traveling with us to Holland by motorhome.

Haarzuilens and the Castle of Haar what to see and do

On your trip to Holland by motorhome, camper or car by free Haarzuilens you must be uA must if you like to visit fairytale places and impressive castles.

Haarzuilens is a small town of less than 500 inhabitants, surrounded by nature, with a lake with a beach and administratively part of the nearby city of Utrecht.

A little gem of a tale that houses the treasure of the Castle of Haar.

Although this castle has the image of being medieval, the truth is that it was built at the beginning of the XNUMXth century by Baron Etienne van Zuylen. It was built on the ruins of an old castle that was located there.

The baron during the 60s turned the castle into a meeting point for the international jet set. From Brigitte Bardot, María Calas, Roger Moore or Coco Chanel they passed by.

The Castle of Haar is spectacular, as well as its gardens between ponds, orchards, birdhouses and its more than 1200 roses of all kinds that in summer make the place something special. Some roses with history, since the baron planted them to commemorate the life of his son who died at the age of 24 in a traffic accident.

Castle of Haar

Things to See and Do in Haarzuilens

  • The essential thing is a visit to the Castle of Haar and its gardens
  • Strolling through the park with the fun activity trail for children
  • Visit the farm park
  • Eat in one of its restaurants
  • Make a bicycle route around its surroundings
  • If it's hot, take a bath on the lake beach
Haarzuilens

Where to park and spend the night in Haarzuilens in a motorhome or camper

We park and spend the night at the nearby mini farm campsite that here! we tell you more.

To finish ... 2 maximum Holland in a motorhome

Under no circumstances do you camp or spend the night freely, be responsible, free camping is totally prohibited as well as free spending the night outside campsites or motorhome areas

Camping is prohibited throughout the Netherlands, but in addition, the Netherlands is also prohibited from spending the night free by law.

We know that the vigilance of the police is maximum before the camping and free nights in the country and that they are fined 200 euros for it because of what colleagues have told us. So, do not camp and do not spend the night for free and against the law of the Netherlands, we must respect the rules of each place, remember you are a guest.

REMEMBER, CAMPING IS OUTSTANDING THE PERIMETER OF YOUR VEHICLE (take out table and chairs, awning, open windows ...).

Know a minimum about the Netherlands. Netherlands guide by motorhome

We make it easy for you, here is a small guide to Holland by motorhome with everything you need to know.

Language

Holland what language do you speak?

If you are looking for: Holland what language is spoken? Holland language or Netherlands language? or Dutch language? Holland what language do you speak?

Well here is the answer, These are the 2 official languages ​​in Holland or what is the same and as it is officially said, the official languages ​​of the Netherlands: 

- Dutch. Language of Germanic origin that uses the Latin alphabet. Commonly in Spain we call it Dutch, but the truth is that it is poorly spoken as a language. Dutch is precisely a dialect of Dutch. Dutch is spoken not only in the Netherlands, but also in the Flanders and Brussels region of Belgium, in Curaçao, Aruba and other Dutch island territories, and in Suriname.

Dutch dialects. There are 2 main dialects of Dutch, although there are more variants: Dutch in the north and Flamenco In the south.

- Friesian or Friesian. A minority but official language of about 400.000 people, spoken in the Friesland region of the north of the Netherlands. It must be said that it is also spoken in a part of Denmark and Germany. It is a language very similar to English and in danger of extinction.

Finally, you should know that although it is not an official language, most of the Dutch speak perfectly English and German.

Basic words in Dutch

Basic words in Dutch

Yes, Ja.

No: Nee.

Hello: Hoi.

Good morning: Goedemorgen.

Good afternoon: Goedemiddag.

Good evening: Goedenacht.

Thanks: Bedankt.

You're welcome: Graag gedaan.

Please: Alstublieft / Gelieve.

Goodbye: Dag / Tot ziens.

Currency and prices

Holland coin

Euro.

Holland average prices

The prices are similar to France, a little higher than Spain in most products, but not much more expensive. 

Holland population

Netherlands inhabitants

Approximately 17.000.000 inhabitants.

 

Holland capital

Capital of the Netherlands

Amsterdam

Typical food in Holland

Tasting the gastronomy of the country where we travel should be a must on our trips.

In netherlands buying in supermarkets is similar to that in Spain. Now, restaurants don't have a menu like here. Usually paper and you usually eat only one dish and usually without dessert. It is true that the dishes are large and sufficient. 

There is a lot of restaurant fast food and friterias that for a low price, around 10 euros per person you will eat well. But if what you want is to try quality gastronomy of the country, it has an average price per person of 20 euros for just one dish.

Be that as it may, don't leave without trying the following typical Dutch food.

Typical foods in the Netherlands

- The Frieten, the French fries with a thousand sauces to choose from. 

- Carbonade flamande or stoofvless in Dutch, the beef stew par excellence accompanied by French fries.

- Stoemp, the mashed potatoes with vegetables. They put it to accompany many times the typical large stuffed meatball in Belgium or other meat or fish dishes.

- Moules frites, mussels with fries. The same as the French but with very rich varied sauces. Of course, here the dish costs twice as much as in France.

- Garnaalkroket, shrimp croquettes or delicious shrimp. Shrimp in general is very tasty and they also put it in salads or as a side, especially on the Belgian coast.

Typical sweets from Holland

- Wafels, the super Belgian waffles that there are of different varieties and types of doughs and topings.

Tips for traveling by motorhome or van to the Netherlands

Regulations for parking and overnight in the Netherlands in a motorhome

The Netherlands is a country where you can park anywhere that is not prohibited by an ordinance or municipal regulation during the day. But at night things change. The regulations on the overnight stay of motorhomes exist and in this case in a restrictive way.

By law it is forbidden to spend the night in any vehicle outside a campsite or motorhome area throughout the Netherlands.

In addition, you will see that being a very capitalist and privatized country, there are no free areas.

To camp

Free camping is prohibited, only in campsites and motorhome areas you can camp. In the latter, not all of them, since there are some public ones, which, although they are paid, do not allow camping either.

Getting around the Netherlands: roads and bicycles

Netherlands Roads

In Holland the roads they are mostly free, although there are no excellent highways like the toll roads in France and Spain.

 

Bicycle, a must in the Netherlands to get around. And watch out for them when you drive!

On the other hand, keep in mind to move around the cities and towns that the means of transport par excellence are the bikes.

Be vigilant when driving, cyclists always have preference and also go without a helmet.

And if you can, bring your bike with you, rain or shine is a must to enjoy this trip. 

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