The Park of Castle Groeneveld, Baarn
On this beautiful sunny spring day in May, my friend and I drove to Castle Groeneveld, Baarn, about 15 miles northeast of Utrecht. Castle Groeneveld is an 18th-century country estate built by Marcus Mamuchet, a wealthy merchant from Amsterdam who wanted to escape the city’s bustle (and I can only assume to escape the city’s stench). Today, the Dutch government owns the building and uses it as a museum with permanent and temporary exhibitions.
We only came to walk around in the estate’s English landscape-style park with gardens and ponds; the park is ranked one of the most beautiful in the Netherlands. It is mesmerizing, especially with all the blooming bushes and flowers this time of year. Even the gnomes in the forest seemed to enjoy all the spring colors. Also, the works of art on the estate are well worth a close look: a girl near the pond, a pelican, and a fish(?) jumping out of the water. Beautiful!
After our walk, we did not go home right away. The castle’s cozy terrace was too inviting to ignore. We added a few hours to our day trip, relaxing and soaking up the Spring sun while enjoying a drink and a few snacks.