Originally the Doornenburg castle was a fortified manor built in the 9th century, under the name Villa Dorenburc. In the 13th century it was converted into a modest castle. Through the centuries the castle was expanded further into the current form. The front-castle was built in the 15th century. The front-castle contains sleeping quarters, a chapeland a farm, the last being a unique feature for a Dutch castle. It is one of the biggest and best preserved castles in the Netherlands.

Castle Doornenburg was occupied until the 19th century. After that it fell into neglect. In 1936 the Stichting tot Behoud van den Doornenburg was created, which had the castle restored from 1937 to 1941. In the end of the Second World War the castle was almost completely destroyed. It was long thought the Germans had blown it up, but it turned out that the castle had been hit by a British bombardment in March 1945. The castle was completely rebuilt from 1947 to 1968.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Irene Pieper (3 years ago)
Very nice castle. Worth it to visit.
Edwin Cuellar (3 years ago)
The Doornenburg Castle was almost completely destroyed during the Second War World. However, some of the places of the old castle are there and now a museum is opening with many medieval objects and a long history to discover. Enjoy a beer just in front of the Castle!!
gerben verbaan (3 years ago)
Beautiful place but unfortunately during openmonumentendag, only a small part of the castle was open
Ася Пелашенко (3 years ago)
Just ancient place with castle but very nice and calm and sightseeing))
Henk Doorlag (3 years ago)
A great small keep. Visit during the yearly medieval fair and you will have a wunderfull day
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