Close to Rob’s hometown there is a really awesome castle called Kastel de Haar. My parents and sister were visiting us last weekend so we decided to take them there. As you can see in the picture, the castle is really beautiful, complete with its own chapel, located in a large park. The inside of the castle is really nice too, and can be seen by joining a guided tour. They offer listening devices to non-dutch tourists 🙂 This really is one of my favorite castles, not sure if it’s the size, the park, the red and white or simply the fairytale towers, or perhaps the combination but I just love it.
Rob and I live about 15 minutes by car from this beautiful castle called Muiderslot – so of course we had to have a closer look. As it was saturday, they did a free falcon show. The show was really just one bird, but the falconeer still put up a good show, the bird was pretty cool and the kids seemed to love it.
Our ticket to the castle also included a guided tour of the inside. The tour was in Dutch, but they provided handouts in English, French and German with the same information on them so that was alright. I liked the inside of the castle as well, but personally I always get more impressed by the outside of buildings like this 🙂 Muiderslot sure is worth a visit if you find yourself close to Amsterdam/Almere and have the time.
I am pretty sure Osaka was never a capital or anything like that, but they still have their own castle somehow. On the inside the castle is mostly galleries and museums, but the outside is pretty impressive and it is located in the middle of a large park. Definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Osaka. It is really easy to find as well as it has its own stop on the Osaka loop line 🙂