A very short distance from Flora Batava are three beautiful castles Castle Nijenrode (2 km), Castle Gunterstein (2 km) and Castle Oudaen (4 km). These castles can be viewed while walking or cycling, but not open to the public. The castles below are well worth a visit.
CASTLE DE HAAR | 11 KM
Kasteel de Haar is a monumental castle in the village Haarzuilens. It is the largest and most luxurious castle in the Netherlands. It was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style on the ruins of the old castle from 1892. De Haar consists of an extensive site in which, in addition to the main building, there are gardens and buildings such as a chapel. The adjacent village is also worth a visit.
SLOT ZUYLEN | 10 km
Slot Zuylen is one of the oldest castles on the Vecht, just outside the city of Utrecht. The Slot has a rich family history with influential residents, in which strong women play a prominent role, such as the writer Belle van Zuylen. The Slot shows the residential culture of the Utrecht nobility from the 13th century and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The past is brought to life with guided tours, concerts and events.
KASTEEL LOENERSLOOT | 7 KM
This castle has dominated the village of Loenersloot and its surroundings since about 1250. Started with just a keep (tower), many additions have been made over the centuries, but also much removed. The castle was radically restored in 2012. Since then, the castle has been open to the public. You can book guided tours from April to October via the website.
Kasteel Sypesteyn | 13 km
Jonkheer C.H.C.A. (Henri) van Sypesteyn (1857-1937) dreamed of a castle-museum in memory of his family, of which he was the last male scion. That dream came true. In the period 1912-1927 he built Castle-Museum Sypesteyn. In the castle museum you can see the painted portraits of the Van Sypesteyn family and an impressive and varied collection of weapons, porcelain, glass, silver, statues, clocks, etc.The estate garden and park are very suited for a scenic walk.