Woerden Castle - Woerden
The Castle of Woerden was built as a castle around 1410 by order of Duke Jan of Bavaria, lord of Woerden. The explanation consists of a square with four wings around a courtyard. Three of the round corner towers have been lowered and the fourth was used as a prison. The castle used to be surrounded by water and had a drawbridge. In the course of time, the castle had many uses. After the Eighty Years' War it was a defensive stronghold at the service of the bailiff of the land of Woerden and dike count of the Great Water Board of Woerden. In 1787 the Committee of Defence met here. This military civilian committee, consisting of patriotic regents, tried to defend the region of Holland against princely attacks. After that the castle was a state prison, hospital and 'Central Warehouse of clothing and equipment' of the Ministry of War. In the course of the centuries, much of the building has been restored and changed, with the facade perhaps the best preserved. In the seventies the Foundation founded the Castle of Woerden, which aims to preserve, restore and exploit the castle. For more than 600 years, Woerden Castle has been a centrally located accommodation for its guests. Kings, dukes, damsels and warlords have consulted, feasted, dined and slept here. There is still consultation, but in trainings, congresses, workshops, dealer days, parties, events or while enjoying a good lunch or dinner. The ladies of today use the High Tea at Woerden Castle.