Business University Nijenrode Castle - Breukelen
At the other side of the Vecht, just off the cycle route lies Nijenrode Castle. Nijenrode literally means newly grubbed ground. The castle was built as early as 1275. From 1907 to 1930 it was owned by Michiel Onnes, a coffee merchant from Amsterdam. He had Nijenrode renovated and extended it until 1920. In 1930 it was purchased by the Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker from Amsterdam. He used the castle to showcase his trading stock. In 1940, during WWII, Goudstikker passed away aboard the ship that he used to flee from Ijmuiden to the United Kingdom. In July 1940, his art trade was sold by his staff to Hermann Göring and Nijenrode Castle fell into the hands of the German Alois Miedl. After WWII the widow Goudstikker bought back Nijenrode Castle from the Dutch government, which managed the castle after the liberation. Since 1946 it is home to the private business university Nijenrode. The estate and its buildings can only be accessed by the guests of this university.