Doornenburg Castle is a 13th century castle located in eastern Gelderland near Doornenburg village. The structure consists of a main castle and a front castle, which are connected via a wooden bridge. Doorenenburg is one of the largest and most well preserved castles in the country.
The castle was first built as a fortified manor during the 9th century and was given the name Villa Dorenburc. It would be 400 years before the manor would be transformed into a castle. Over time, the castle would continue to expand into what it is today. The front-castle was not built until the 15th century and included a chapel, sleeping chambers and a farm. Farms were not common for Dutch castles, so this was truly a unique feature for Doornenburg.
The castle remained occupied until the 19th century when it fell into ruin. The Stichting tot Behoud van den Doornenburg was created in 1936 to restore the castle to its former glory. Restoration was complete in 1941. During World War II, the castle was nearly destroyed. It was once again rebuilt between 1947 and 1968 and would go on to be the set for the Floris television series.
Doornenburg Museum and Tour
Doornenburg castle and its tea rooms can be visited by the public. Visitors are free to tour the courtyard for free, but can only see the interior of the castle through a guided tour. Tours can be arranged via reservations. Guests can take a trip back in time and see what it would have been like to live during the Middle Ages. Visitors are taken through the castle’s bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms. Arms and armor are also on display. There is also an exhibition in the attic of the castle that is dedicated to the popular television series Floris. Reenactments of battles take place where knights fight with their shields against oncoming attackers.
The tea room and terrace are open from May 1 through November 1, Tuesday through Sunday from 11AM until 5:30PM.
Children under the age of 4 can tour the castle for free. Admission is just € 5.00 for children between the ages of 5 and 12 and € 7.50 for visitors aged 12 and up. Special rates for groups are available and each group will receive its own private guide for the castle tour. Parking is free and the nearby parking lot can accommodate up to 50 cars.
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