Wijenburg was an important castle in the Duchy of Guelders and the Lords of Echteld who lived in the castle enjoyed great prestige until there was a disagreement between the Duke of Guelders and Lord Otto van Wijhe in 1492. At the beginning of the 20th century, the castle was saved from demolition by Baron Van Verschuer and restored by Stichting Geldersche Kasteelen national heritage foundation.

The history of Wijenburg Castle dates back to the 12th century, when a fortified tower was built and the castle has been extended further and further over time. For centuries, the castle was occupied by the extensive and influential Van Wijhe family. By around 1400, the castle had grown into one of the most important political centres in the Duchy of Guelders. Duchess Catharina, the wife of Duke Willem van Gulik, was even godmother to one of the descendants of the Van Wijhe family.

In 1492,Otto van Wijhe had a disagreement with the newly-appointed Duke, Charles of Guelders, after he had sided with Charles’ arch-enemy, the House of Burgundy. Otto was taken prisoner and even tortured; his castle was set on fire, the moat was filled in and he was deprived of his most important noble rights. His grandson, Otto, managed to redeem the family’s name to some extent: he studied law and became Lord of Echteld in 1568. As if by a miracle, one of his diaries has been preserved along with two friendship books. These give us a fascinating insight into life in a 16th-century castle.

The castle remained in the Van Wijhe family (by marriage) for many years. In 1928, the two elderly ladies Anna and Wil van Balveren sold the castle to their nephew, B.F. Baron van Verschuer. In 1956, the Baron handed the castle over to Stichting Geldersche Kasteelennational heritage foundation, which carefully renovated the by-then dilapidated castle and restored it to its former glory. The castle is now known as one of the most popular wedding locations in Gelderland.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Anouk van Emmerik (12 months ago)
Mooie sfeer, aan alle details gedacht. Vriendelijk personeel, mooie trouwlocatie!
Edwin van de Graaf (2 years ago)
Als fotograaf hier ook top behandeld tijdens een hele dag huwelijk. Fijne professionele medewerkers. Daarnaast een schitterende plek voor een feestje. Als het aan mij ligt kom ik zeker terug.
Wouter Knol (2 years ago)
We are considering a divorce, just to be able to get married here again! Definitely the best wedding venue in the country. The building has many possibilities and different atmospheres. The staff is open to all your wishes and will do their best to make your wedding the best day you can wish for. They will arrange a rehearsal, tasting dinners and much more to help you with preparations. The day itself will be amazing, guaranteed. Even afterwards, they'll invite you for memorial dinners and a glass of champagne at your first anniversary.
Suzanne Persoon-Mooij (4 years ago)
Wow this location is just magic! Not only the fairytale atmosphere, stunning rooms, superb options for your event but maybe most importantly the people that work here. Super friendly and they definately know how to welcome you.
Alex S (5 years ago)
My wife and I had such a wonderful experience with Kasteel Wijenburg it’s hard to know where to start. Our email exchanges (mainly with Johan) to set up the wedding date and details were always promptly answered and none of our 1000 questions were too much for them. Their attitude of ‘no problem’ and ‘don’t worry’ were a bit disconcerting before the wedding as we weren’t sure if they actually took in the information we provided but rest assured they did on the day. The whole day went as smooth as you could possibly wish. The most deep and long lasting impression is that it felt to us that we were the first wedding couple to have married in the castle. Everyone, I kid you not, every staff member there congratulated us by shaking our hands and wishing us the best for the future. Even on the next day when they went back to work they stopped the car midway to ask us how we are and if we liked the breakfast in the wedding suite. In addition to all this we were surprised that we could use their computer (behind the reception desk) to play background music, got desert after the main course (which we didn’t know about) and got handed two glasses of sparkling when we walked towards our wedding cake. Just shows that they are professionals in what they do and they have lots of experience to fall back on to make it an outstanding day. So 110% for service, smile and professionalism. Now to the location, facilities and bridal suite. The castle is really nicely set in a small village (also quite nice actually to walk around if time permits) and close to a guest house/hotel so it only takes three minutes to walk in between the two. The library is amazing and does correspond to the photos on their website. The other rooms are also nice decorated and give a homely feel. The food we had in the Heeren Salon was delicious and the chef stayed in attendance throughout the dinner. The bridal suite was outstanding and really nicely done up. When we got there after the celebrations we were pleasantly surprised with the ambience they created (sorry not going to reveal everything on this review). They asked us when we wanted breakfast in the room next door and it was phenomenal. All nice and fresh and lots of variety. Last but not least the invoice for the outstanding amount came after we were back from our honeymoon and it was spot on. No bad surprises there as well. As you can probably guess, we were very, very happy there and can highly recommend it.
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