Rechteren Castle was built in the 13th century, however today only the 30 meter high tower remains of this first castle. The current appeance dates from the early 14th century. Today the castle is still occupied by the Van Heeckerens family which has been in possession of the castle since the 1300s.

Throughout the century, the castle has undergone numerous renovations and has been rebuilt due to siege. With 40 rooms and halls throughout the castle, renovations were commonplace. In fact, Prince Maurits dismantled much of the castle in 1591 so that the Spaniards would not be able to use it as a strategic advantage during their invasion. The outer walls of the castle were demolished as well as the canal.

In the 18th century, the castle’s entrance would be changed with two additional wings being added. During this time, renovations occurred that changed the castle into a neo-Gothic style. This renovation would not last long as in 1953, the neo-Gothic style was completely changed back to remove all signs that a neo-Gothic style ever existed. Little is known about the interior of the castle as it has been privately owned for its duration. Sparse photographs of the inside have been shown that dictate marvelous paintings of the family as well as their coat of arms.

Other regions have been rebuilt throughout the centuries and date to the 17th century onward. The castle is currently occupied and privately owned. While some pictures have been released to the public that hint at what the inside may look like, the castle has never been open for tours. Many hotels have been located around the castle so that visitors will be able to snap pictures from afar during their time in Overijssel.

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Founded: 13th century
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Jan van den Berg (20 months ago)
Rondje over fietspaden Nieuwleusen , Oudleusen, Vilsteren, Dalfsen ,Nieuwleusen altijd mooi.
Wilma Wittering (2 years ago)
Mooi om te zien
Arnaud Verhoeven (2 years ago)
Helaas is het domein niet toegankelijk
Jan De Laender (2 years ago)
Zeer indrukwekkend...jammer genoeg geen toegang...
Castle Biker (2 years ago)
Mooi kasteel in de provincie Overijssel. En volgens mij ook nog het enige kasteel in de provincie. Maar het is niet te bezichtigen. Zelfs een foto maken van dichtbij is al lastig. En da's toch jammer, want het is cultureel erfgoed. En dat zou eigenlijk voor het geïnteresseerde publiek te bezichtigen moeten zijn. Toch krijgt het 5 sterren, omdat het zo'n imposant kasteel is.
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