Experience, 13, 15, 16 and 17 December 2023 the enchanting atmosphere during the fairy lights tour at Duivenvoorde! Hundreds of candles illuminate the castle, creating a magical ambiance in the December month. The whole castle is enveloped in beautiful Christmas atmosphere, with dazzling decorations and a crackling fire in the marot hall. Get carried away on this unique tour and enjoy the warmth and cosiness that this special time of year brings.
Don't miss this unique tour and make December extra special at Duivenvoorde!
Probably got its name from the rivers the Duwe (or Dobbe) and the Voor, between which the castle originated. In 1226, 'Duvenvoirt' was mentioned for the first time in a deed settling the inheritance of property. Around 1250, a so-called donjon, a square defensive tower, stood on the site of the current castle. Later, more and more additions were made to the robust defensive tower. Commissioned by Johan van Wassenaer, the castle received its current appearance in 1631. Duivenvoorde was always a heritage property until it was incorporated into a foundation in 1960. After thorough restoration, Duivenvoorde Castle was then opened to the public.
Duivenvoorde Castle is located on the Veurseweg, between Voorschoten and Leidschendam. Both by car and by public transport, Duivenvoorde Castle is easy to reach. Several bus lines stop at the stops right at the castle's driveway. Parking is available in the car park opposite the caretaker's house. From here it is only a few minutes' walk.