The origins of Hernen lie to the west of the present castle, next to the river Elst. That is where the first motte castle of Hernen was sited, and remained in use until the 12th/13th century. This was possibly also the fortress of the Lords of Hernen, who first appear in the records in 1247. The lord received income through taxes and special privileges, such as the milling rights. This income enabled him to extend his castle, which in turn increased his status.

Around that time, Hernen was partly in Cleves and partly in Gelderland. In the 14th century, work started on the construction of the present castle, which was sited on the Gelderland part. Later, everything came again under one estate. The east wing and the monumental entry gate date from 1555. A special feature is the covered patrol path - quite rare in the Netherlands.

The castle never suffered war damage or natural disasters. In the last century, the lord of the castle hardly ever lived there, leaving the administration to a steward. There was no urge to embellish the castle according to the latest fashion in architecture, and consequently the castle was able to keep its austere, medieval character.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Francois Weideman (10 months ago)
This Castell was built in 1355 and it is still standing. It was renovated in the 16 hundreds but it is in very good condition complete with a pond and adjacent to a forest. There is an old an anvil and Smith's vice in the courtyard that could be hundreds of years old. This would make the perfect bed and breakfast #justsaying.
CI Schuh (14 months ago)
Really nice little castle with audio tours via a medieval lantern that leads you through the whole castle. What a cute idea. Would have been even better if it was in English.
Lourens Albeda (15 months ago)
Original guided tour with a lamp with a speaker. A must see in the area
John Bazuin (16 months ago)
Had a lovely wedding party
Gertjan Ouwerling (18 months ago)
Genuine medieval castle now in use for cultural events and private parties such as weddings. Ample parking available, although unlit at night so walk carefully or use your phone as a torch.
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