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.References:
The Beckov castle stands on a steep 50 m tall rock in the village Beckov. The dominance of the rock and impression of invincibility it gaves, challenged our ancestors to make use of these assets. The result is a remarkable harmony between the natural setting and architecture.
The castle first mentioned in 1200 was originally owned by the King and later, at the end of the 13th century it fell in hands of Matúš Èák. Its owners alternated - at the end of the 14th century the family of Stibor of Stiborice bought it.
The next owners, the Bánffys who adapted the Gothic castle to the Renaissance residence, improved its fortifications preventing the Turks from conquering it at the end of the 16th century. When Bánffys died out, the castle was owned by several noble families. It fell in decay after fire in 1729.
The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.
Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.
The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.