Museum Huis Doorn
A pocket-size imperial court
House Doorn was the residence of the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II. After the German defeat in the First World War, Wilhelm fled to the neutral Netherlands and he lived on this estate in the Utrecht province from 1920 to 1941.
In 1919, Wilhelm bought House Doorn, which was originally a 14th century moated castle but had been converted into an elegant country house at the end of the 18th century.
Wilhelm renovated the House and made some changes to the estate, which covers 35 hectares and is in the style of an English landscape garden. In 1920, 59 train wagons transported around 30,000 objects to the Netherlands from Wilhelm’s palaces in Berlin and Potsdam to furnish the House. Splendid furniture, paintings, silver and porcelain enabled the royal asylum-seeker to keep up his former lifestyle. Wilhelm lived in House Doorn from 1920-1941.
Today, this imperial residence-in-exile is a museum, with 3 floors and 12 rooms that are all open to the public. The original interior is still intact and offers visitors an authentic view of an international royal residence and lifestyle. During guided tours, the history of the Kaiser, his era and art collection is brought to life. You can see a preview of House Doorn with this panoramic tour.