The medieval residence De Haar was founded in the course of the fourteenth century, on sediment deposits along a blind arm of the river Rhine. The first references to the castle date back to 1391. De Haar, however, is really special because – more than 100 years ago now – it was entirely restored and partially rebuilt, resulting in a restoration unparalleled in Europe. This involves not only the architecture, but also the interior and the gardens. Even the church and the village were involved in this project so that, without exaggeration, one could say it is a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (integrated work of art): this is the creation of a unique, special, world in which all aspects of man’s creative talents could flourish.
A reworked photo which I took about a year ago.