TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES IN THE NETHERLANDS

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Castles of The Netherlands

The Netherlands is rich in old buildings. These buildings include hundreds of castles, mostly from the Middle Ages. Mostly, not only the castle itself is a pleasure for the eye. The natural environment in which they stand is beautiful as well. Do you want back in the old age? Then visit a castle. Here are the 10 most beautiful castles in the Netherlands in a row.

10. Castle Loevestein (Poederoijen, Gelderland)

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TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES IN THE NETHERLANDS

Castle Loevestein was built in 1357, Ridder Dirc Loef van Horne commissioned the building. He used the castle as a home. After him, the lock came in the hands of Mr van Holland and was used as a defense against other feudal gentlemen. At the beginning of the 1980s, when the castle was occupied by Spaniards, it was commissioned by Willem van Oranje to be taken by the giant leader Herman de Ruyter. The Spaniards conquered it once more, but after that, the state remained. The castle has also served a state prison, with the best-known prisoner Hugo de Groot, who could flee with a bookshelf after two years (we wrote about it in our top 10 prison attacks . Currently, the castle is serving as a national museum.

TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES IN THE NETHERLANDS

9. Kasteel Huize Ruurlo (Ruurlo, Gelderland)

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Castle Huize Ruurlo became famous when the television series ‘De Zevensprong’ (to the book of Tonke Dragt) took up its series in the 1980s. It is a water castle, which is part of the landgoed zone Baakse Beek. It is not exactly known when the castle Huize Ruurlo was built. It was mentioned before 1326.From the 15th century it was owned by the noble family Van Heeckerden. It was later used as a town hall. The castle has various building styles, including a medieval wall, a 16th century tower and a 17th century tower. There are several cycling and hiking tours along the castle (available from among others the Ruurlo Tourist Office). Next to the castle is the Oranjerie, a tea house, which can be hired for special occasions. Today, entrepreneur Hans Melchers is busy building the castle as a dependency to a Carel Willink museum.

8. Kasteel Rechteren (Dalfsen, Overijssel)

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The only preserved medieval castle in Overijssel is Castle Rechteren in Dalfsen. It is surrounded by forests and heathlands, where you can enjoy walking and cycling. Kasteel Rechteren is on an island in a river arm of the Overijsselse Vecht. Through a stone arch bridge you reach the castle. In the 14th century the castle was built and brought into the hands of several people, including the Van Rechteren family. In the 2nd World War, the castle was used as a shelter for 60 evacuees, coming from Noordwijk, Katwijk and Scheveningen. In the castle there is a white rooftop salon, paintings by the Zwolle painter Herman ten Oever, family portraits and family weapons. The neobarok castle garden was designed by Leonard Springer. There is a story that the castle also has a ghost room in which a rabid hunter has ever been locked up. The room would not have been opened for centuries. Do you want to enjoy a view of Castle Rechteren? Then go to the Court of Justice. From there the view is breathtaking.

7. Kasteel Heeswijk (Heeswijk-Dinther, North Brabant)

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The very first inhabitant of Heeswijk Castle is Count Almericus van Heeswijk. He lived there from the year 1156. Today there is a museum in the castle that shows how the noble families inhabited the house. There is also a collection of artworks in the museum. The castle’s armory is an official wedding venue. Festivals and receptions can be held in the castle vaults of the castle. The coach house serves as a conference, presentation and meeting room. Each season, an open day is organized at Castle Heeswijk. On these days you can see how the castle seems to change every quarter due to the changing light drop of appearance.

TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES IN THE NETHERLANDS

6. Kasteel Duurstede (District of Duurstede, Utrecht)

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A castle as you know it from fairy tales, like little girls, it’s all too much to see is Castle Duurstede in Wijk bij Duurstede. It is surrounded by a graveyard and is only accessible via a pickup bridge. In the beginning of the 13th century Castle Duurstede originated from a large house that was expanded with a brick living tower. In the 15th century the castle was extensively rebuilt. A burgundy tower was added and the old donjon was enclosed by new construction. In the 16th century, a grounded, bastarded wall surround the castle. The castle has fallen into ruins over the centuries. The donjon, the burgundy tower and the bastarded wall, which later transformed into a park, have decayed the best weather. There are several movies and series recorded in the castle, such as the ‘The Diamond’ series of Bassie and Adriaan and the ‘Panic in the Confetti Factory’ of the Club of Saint Vincent.

5. Ammersoyen Castle (Ammerzoden, Gelderland)

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One of the best preserved medieval watercourses is Ammersoyen Castle. It is built according to a square ground plan with four hoists. The castle is located in the Bommelerwaard in the heart of the city of Amerzoden. The exact date of construction of the castle is unknown. It is already named in the year 1026. It was inhabited by many noble families and later used in 1876 as the second clarissis monastery of the Netherlands. A chapel was built on the west side of the castle. Since 1999, part of the castle has been used as a town hall. The castle is also open for viewing and events are held. The castle is also for rent for a wedding ceremony, party, meeting or other activity.

4. Castle Doorwerth (Doorwerth, Gelderland)

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Near a stoepwal with a varied hilly landscape you will find castle Doorwerth. It is a water castle located in the Rhine River. The castle is first mentioned in 1260 and is therefore older than this time. It has been owned by different families, which expanded it every time. The Dutch director Stephan Brenninkmeijer was one of the residents of Castle Doorwerth. He was born in 1964 and lived until 1970. There is an ancient tree at the castle, a monumental robinia. Probably this tree was planned in 1579, it is at least the oldest robinia in the Netherlands. It has a stem size of 7 meters. Castle Doorwerth is famous for the story of a ghost phenomenon. There would be a girl who was once starved within the walls of the castle. She is most seen in the northern wing, most of which is in the hunting lodge.

3. Muiderslot (Muiden, Noord-Holland)

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The Muiderslot is a well-preserved medieval castle in the North Holland Muiden, built after 1350. The castle is a square water castle. At each corner of the castle is a round tower and within the walls is a large building with stairs. The castle has a locked grave with a pull-out bridge. Around the castle there is a restored vegetable garden and a herb garden. In the years 1610-1647, PC Hooft was the main occupant because of his function of Muiden’s drool. Hooft spent most of the summer there and made the castle open to his friends circle, whose visits later led to the scenic Muiderkringmythe .

2. Kasteel De Doornenburg (Doornenburg, Gelderland)

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Castle De Doornenburg is surrounded by a beautiful historic setting, a river area (the Betuwe) that played an important role in Dutch history. The castle has a striking expansive castle, which makes it one of the most beautiful Dutch medieval castles. From a large house, Villa Dorenburc, the castle De Doornenburg originated in the 13th century. First there was a main castle and in the 15th century it was expanded with the frontage, which houses several chapels, a chapel and a farm. Until the 19th century the castle was inhabited. During the Second World War it was severely affected, but it was rebuilt. In 1968 the television series ‘Floris’ was recorded in De Doornenburg castle.

1. Kasteel de Haar (Haarzuilens, Utrecht)

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Kasteel De Haar is the largest castle in the Netherlands. At the end of the 19th century, the castle was restored by the famous architect Pierre Cuypers, who is also the designer of the Central Station and the Rijksmuseum van Amsterdam. The castle dates back to the 13th or 14th century and is built in a neo-Gothic style, but the interior is eclectic, as it is formed by several residents. It features many nail-proof decorations, old furniture pieces and a silver cutlery provided with the family weapons. There are also many art objects in the castle. Next to the castle is a chapel built and the castle also has a beautiful park and beautiful gardens, designed by Hendrik Copijn.

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