The Day of the Castle

The Day of the Castle

May 24, 2021

The Day of the Castle

The Day of the Castle is an annual celebration of castles, celebrated each year on Whit Monday (Tweede Pinksterdag), exactly 50 days after Easter Sunday. This year is unique in that the entire programme takes place online, from podcasts to castle exploration on the organisation's websites, as well as online performances of formerly forbidden music!

Bringing castles to life

All old castles are places of intriguing tales. Age-old stories from the past along with contemporary research bring the castles to life.

All across the Netherlands from Groningen to Maastricht, more than 120 castles, country houses and country estates are typically open to the public on this day. Many Dutch castles are already open to the public, but this special day means that privately-owned residences or castles that are used commercially can now be places of enjoyment for the general public.

The Day of the Castle 2020 is an exception, due to the coronavirus measures - this year the castles remain closed, but an extensive programme online means you can discover multiple castles from the comfort of home.

Preserving Dutch cultural heritage

The Day of the Castle is organised by the Dutch Castle Foundation, with the distinct aim of bringing awareness to the preservation of cultural heritage. It’s the only dedicated heritage day focusing entirely on castles and country estates.

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