Middachten Castle was first time mentioned in 1190, owned by Jacobus de Mithdac. Early in the 14th century Everardus van Steenre transferred its ownership to Reinald, count of Gelre. Everardus then got the castle back as a loan in 1357. The castle would remain with this family until 1625. During this time the castle was destroyed and rebuild several times. In 1673 Stadtholder William III conquered the city of Bonn, making the occupying French troops retreat, who destroyed the castle. Godard van Reede and his spouse Ursula van Raesfelt then had the castle rebuild, based on the example of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. It was designed by Jacobus Roman (1640-1716) and Steven Vennecool (1657-1719).

After the castle was rebuilt in 1698 a garden was built, based on the garden in Versailles in the period 1700-1725. In the late 18th century British style gardens became fashion, and the gardens were redone in this style. In 1900 count and countessa Bentinck-Van Heeckeren of Wassenaer had the gardens partially rebuilt in the original style by Hugo Poortman (a student of French garden artist Édouard André).

The castle used to have an extensive estate. However these are no longer owned by the owners of the castle. Buildings that used to belong to the castle estate can be recognized by the red and white coloring, for example the Post office in De Steeg.

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Founded: 1693-1698
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Melanie Hill (11 months ago)
Beautiful place, historic setting.
jp t (16 months ago)
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Frank Wils (2 years ago)
Middachten is a 17th century watercastle without defense features. It was build and still used as a house. One week per year it hosts a Christmas fair. You can visit the ground floor of the castle, rich in wood, paintings and decor. As extra, each room has been beautifully decorated for Christmas. In the basement is a small restaurant. The oval stairway is particularly noteworthy. The fair is cozy with some good food options and some non-typical stalls and decorations. Parking not free in this period (cash)
Jesse Mäkinen (3 years ago)
Nice place. Visited here during ICCCR 2016.
rudi gianto (5 years ago)
Nice Castle, it has many old paintings collection
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