Learn more about the Netherlands’ history by exploring its splendid castles and country estates. There are around 700 throughout the whole of the Netherlands, ranging from historical forts to sumptuous stately homes. And the great thing is that many of them are open to the public nowadays, whether as museums, family-friendly tourist attractions, hotels, hostels or top-class restaurants. The Other Holland has its fair share of castles and stately homes too, which reveal seven centuries of Gelderland history and how people used to live. Some of them are open to visitors, allowing you to see the way of life, the architecture and the art of bygone times; others can only be admired from the outside. But virtually all of them form part of expansive country estates and splendid natural landscapes where you can experience how things used to be.