Luxuriant country estates
In the Golden Age, Dutch economy reached a peak. To escape the foul stench of the city in the summer, rich Amsterdam merchants invested in luxurious country estates with park-like gardens in the forested inner dunes. Thanks to a system of barge-canals and rivers, you could travel from Amsterdam to Haarlem in just a few hours. Kennemerland thus became the cradle of these country estates, each with its own unique style.
A Fairy-tale Atmosphere
A belt of nine of these country estates, including Elswout, Duin & Kruidberg, constitute the park’s eastern border. Take a walk along orangeries, majestic ponds and statue gardens and experience the atmosphere of outdoor living in the Golden Age.
Flowers and Plants
You will find special trees and plants, such as the centaury and ‘stinsen plants’, that are characteristic to this area and bloom lavishly in spring. It is also the habitat of numerous bird species, including the nuthatch. Former estate ice cellars are now inhabited by several bat colonies. In autumn, the park is brimming with mushrooms in all colours and sizes.
Plan your visit
Open the Google maps and plan your visit to the estates ('Buitenplaatsen').
Duin & Kruidberg
Stroll along impressive chestnut and beech lanes. You will see bat colonies in ice cellars in wintertime, and stinsen plants that blossom in spring.Read more
Elswout is one of the most beautiful and watery country estates along the inner dune edge of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Look, for example, for the special ‘follies’.Read more
Country estate Koningshof is situated on the border of the young dunes and a beach plain.Read more