Zuylen Castle or also known as Slot Zuylen is located along the river Vecht in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. The buildings of the castle are the art work of a Dutch architect named Lord van Suilen en Anholt as a simple donjon. This castle could offer plenty things to offer to its visitors starting from the beautiful park, the rich history, gardens, exhibitions, and gardens that are so colorful and are with various pretty flowers. Zuylen Castle was built in a rich architecture to show that the people there used to live very wealthy. Excited to know what things you can do inside the castle? Below are some recommendations for you.
Zuylen Castle Visit and Tours
The most essential attraction to visit is of course the castle itself. This stateliest castle in the country was built with its towers, moats, turrets, and drawbridges. This castle has that look of a real medieval castle with a unique presence. This castle building dates back to the 19th century or the era of modern Europe. However, the design and the construction of the castle buildings are identical to medieval ruins that were built upon.
The Castle's Garden
Inside the castle's park, there is a formal garden. Visiting this garden will remind you of the French Versailles gardens. In the time of Second World War, many of these gardens were vanished. That happened because the wood in the garden was occupied to light fires and the garden's soil was occupied to grow vegetables. Now, the gardens have been restored in the original state.
The Castle's Restaurant
If you think you have had enough exploration throughout the castle and the surrounding area, you could relax for a while and have a drink and a bite in one of the provided castle's restaurants. There are plenty kinds of food and beverages that could be purchased at affordable prices there.
Apart from the castle building, park, and garden, the area of Zuylen Castle also has exhibitions. There are a lot of historical art works you could find here. So, don't forget to pay a visit!
Last but not least, there is a theater inside the premise of Zuylen Castle. You could enjoy an art performance in the theater. However, you may need to check the schedule in advance as the performance is not regular. You may also need to pay another admission fee to go inside the theater and enjoy the performance. Apart from art performance, there have been many events being held in this theater.
During high season, Zuylen Castle provides a guided tour for the visitors. The schedule of the guided tour is in on an hourly basis that starts from 11.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. However, they also provide a guided tour on low season. The schedules of the guided tour on low season are only available on Saturday and Sunday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm. All of the guided tours are explained in Dutch, but you still can get the meaning by looking at the guide papers.
How to Get Tickets?
To take the tour to Zuylen Castle, you are required to buy tickets. To purchase the ticket, you need to buy it directly from the ticket booth there. The tickets fares are around € 6.50 to € 12.50. You could also ask further information about getting the tickets for group tour through the e-mail address whenever needed.
How To Get Around?
To get around the park, you could only rely on your feet. Your bicycles, cars, and mopeds are not allowed to enter the park. All cars should be parked in the visitors park station located in the opposite of the entrance.
What Should I Wear?
There are no specific rules regarding the kind of clothes visitors should wear when visiting the castle. However, it is recommended to wear appropriate and comfortable clothing so that visitors could enjoy the best experience in the castle and the park. One thing for sure is that visitors are not allowed to wear coats, umbrellas, backpacks, and knight's armor when visiting the castle and the park. Those things could be kept in the lockers provided in the castle's basement.
Best Time to Visit
You could visit this castle every day. Zuylen Castle opens at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. However, the last entrance to the castle is at 4pm. This castle is good to be visited at all seasons. Simply pick the most convenient time for you to take the tour to the castle so that you could make the best out of your visit to Zuylen Castle.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't necessarily need a guide when exploring the castle and the surrounding area. However, if you need one, you could purchase guided tours. The tours usually begin on the top of every hour For guided tours you will need to collect at least 20 participants. There will be a certain amount of money charged to you if you book this guided tour. If you wish to save up some money, you could visit the castle even without any guide.
How To Get There?
To reach Zuylen Castle, you could use public transport. If you are coming from Utrecht Centraal, you will need to take a train with Den Haag Centraal destination to the train station of Vleuten. Then from that train station, you will need to take Bus no 111 to Kasteel Zuylen (make a stop at Kasteel Zuylen) or Bus no 127 to Breukelen (make a stop at Brink in Haarzuilens) and then walk for about 15 minutes.
Every visitor is required to respect Zuylen Castle and the historic location. Every visitor is not allowed to lean against furniture or walls and to touch anything in the castle. No visitor is allowed to do flash photography inside the castle, to use drones, tripods, selfie sticks, or lighting equipment.