Zuylestein Castle

Zuylestein Castle (Dutch Huis Zuylenstein; also spelt Zuylestein or Zuilenstein) is a castle near the town of Leersum in the Netherlands, some twenty miles east of the city of Utrecht.

Zuylestein Castle
Huis Zuylestein
Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Zuylestein Castle
Zuylestein Castle is located in Netherlands
Zuylestein Castle
Zuylestein Castle
Coordinates52°0′3″N 5°26′33″E / 52.00083°N 5.44250°E / 52.00083; 5.44250

The house itself dates to the fourteenth century, but only gained its municipal status in 1536.[1] Originally the property of the burgomaster of Utrecht, the holding passed into the hands of Frederick Henry, then Prince of Orange, in 1630. He ceded the castle and its lands to his illegitimate son, Frederick, together with the title Lord of Zuylestein (in Dutch: Heer van Zuylestein) in 1640.[2][3] The castle survived the ravages of the European wars that followed, but was severely damaged in the Second World War. Today the house and gardens have been restored.[4]


  1. ^ Kransber, D; Mils, H. Kastelengids van Nederland middeleeuwen, Bussem 1979.
  2. ^ Rietstap, Johannes Baptist (1861). Armorial général, contenant la description des armoiries des familles nobles et patriciennes de l'Europe: précédé d'un dictionnaire des termes du blason.
  3. ^ Herbert H. Rowen, 2003. The princes of Orange: the stadholders in the Dutch Republic. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Huis Zuylenstein