Category: Castles

The Mauritshuis in The Hague
Castles, Travel

The Mauritshuis in The Hague

When someone mentions the Mauritshuis in The Hague in a royal context, it is most of the time because of royal visitors, or because of its collection of art. But a long time ago the building used to be a royal residence. Recently I passed the building, that is celebrating its 200th anniversary of a […]

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Sofiero – A royal summer residence
Castles, Travel

Sofiero – A royal summer residence

A day after arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark, the weather was quite good. Not knowing what it would be like later that week, I decided to head straight out of the country. I hadn’t been in Sweden since June 2010. Actually Helsingborg is only a nearly one hour train ride to Helsingør (Elsinore) and a rather […]

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After three years – A visit to the Noordeinde Palace
Castles, Travel

After three years – A visit to the Noordeinde Palace

Finally, after three years the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, opened its doors again this summer. Starting on 23 July both the palace and the mews are open on four Saturdays. Tickets If you are still thinking of buying a ticket: unfortunately once again it is sold out already. I managed to get […]

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States in Friesland: The Dekemastate
Castles, Travel

States in Friesland: The Dekemastate

Just south of the city of Leeuwarden, Province of Friesland, very close to the Martenastate, you’ll find the Dekemastate in the village of Jelsum. The former noble estate nowadays is a museum. The Dekemastate is one of the oldest castles in Friesland, dating back to the 14th century, when it was built as a defendable […]

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States in Friesland: The Martenastate
Castles, Travel

States in Friesland: The Martenastate

Although I still haven’t seen all noble estates in the province of Groningen, on Saturday I went cycling in the province of Friesland next door, where manors are not called “borg” like in Groningen, but “state”. As I wanted to visit the grave of my great-great-grandparents in Stiens, north of the capital city of Leeuwarden, […]

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Bückeburg – Castle in the fog
Castles, Gardens, Travel

Bückeburg – Castle in the fog

At the start of a wonderful wedding day in Bückeburg, Germany on Saturday – a report with lots of photos will follow – I enjoyed a morning stroll in the park and on the palace square of Bückeburg Palace, residence of the princely family zu Schaumburg-Lippe. It was still pretty cold and foggy, which especially […]

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Laarwoud – A noble manor in Zuidlaren
Castles, Travel

Laarwoud – A noble manor in Zuidlaren

This summer I visited friends. As my friend has a lego exhibition at the Brink Hotel right now, I of course had to see it. After our visit we walked through the village, or rather around Laarwoud. Surrounded by trees this (former) noble manor – in the province of Drenthe they call it a havezate […]

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Borg Verhildersum – My tour continued
Castles, Travel

Borg Verhildersum – My tour continued

While waiting to be able to post the pictures of two (yes two!) royal weddings in the past weeks, here is another Groninger borg. I went cycling yesterday and passed this beauty, Borg Verhildersum in Leens, that I have visited in the past. My last visit was however quite a few years ago. Unfortunately yesterday […]

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