Kasteel Doorwerth
Doorwerth Castle

Doorwerth Castle - Doorwerth

N 51.9667529 / E 5.7886569

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 the punishment imposed by the Count of Gelre on Berend van Dorenweerd, who then owns the castle. This punishment was given to him because of his predatory practices.

During the following twenty years, the castle was restored. In 1435, Reinald van Homoet obtains the castle and he expands the complex considerably. In 1560, Adam Schellaert of Obbendorf carries out a reconstruction. Only changes to the north corner are of later date, as well as those to the gatehouse from 1640, built by order of Johan Vincent of Schellaert of Obbendorf.

In 1837, the castle was sold to Jacob Adriaan Prosper van Brakell. He restored the castle and took up residence there. After the death of his widow, decay set 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 of Nature and Wildlife and Museum Veluwezoom.

Reportedly castle also has a ghost: a girl who once starved within its walls is said to still roam here....

Kasteel Doorwerth

Doorwerth Castle
Fonteinallee 2b
6865 ND Doorwerth

Contact details
T: +31263397406
E: doorwerth@glk.nl

Opening hours
Monday Closed
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.

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