Doorwerth Castle - Doorwerth
Doorwerth Castle is first mentioned in 1260, during the siege by the lord of Vianen. He also sets fire to the castle, probably as a result of a punishment imposed by the Count of Gelre to make short work of the predatory practices of Berend van Dorenweerd, who owns the castle at the time.
During the next 20 years, the castle was restored. In 1435, Reinald van Homoet acquires the castle and expands the complex considerably. In 1560, Adam Schellaert van Obbendorf carries out a renovation. Only changes to the north corner are of later date, as are those to the gatehouse from 1640, commissioned by Johan Vincent van Schellaert van Obbendorf.
In 1837, the castle was sold to Jacob Adriaan Prosper van Brakell. He restores the castle and takes up residence there. After the death of his widow, decay sets in again. After the foundation of the Association 'De Doorwerth' in 1909 and the acquisition of the castle by this association in 1910, an artillery museum was established here. This museum would later be continued in Delft in the Army Museum.
During WWII, the castle was badly damaged but was subsequently restored. Now the castle houses the Museum for Nature and Wildlife and Museum Veluwezoom.
It is said that the castle is also home to a ghost: a girl who once starved within its walls is said to still roam here....
6865 ND Doorwerth
|Tuesday||11:00 - 17:00|
|Wednesday||11:00 - 17:00|
|Thursday||11:00 - 17:00|
|Friday||11:00 - 17:00|
|Saturday||11:00 - 17:00|
|Sunday||11:00 - 17:00|
Also open on Mondays during holidays. Check the website for current opening hours. Guided tours are available for groups on request.