Heeswijk Castle was originally built in the 11th century. The original motte was erected in 1080. During the subsequent centuries this motte was reduced and in its place a castle was built.

Heeswijk Castle has played a crucial role in the history of the Netherlands. Around the year 1600 Prince Maurits twice failed to take the castle. Eventually, his half-brother Frederick Henry did, however, succeeded in capturing the castle in 1629, which in turn enabled him to lay siege to 's-Hertogenbosch. In 1672 the French king Louis XIV stayed at Heeswijk Castle during his campaign against the Dutch Republic. At the end of the 18th century General Pichegru, a French general under the command of Napoleon used the castle as his headquarters.

In 1835, André Baron van den Bogaerde van Terbrugge bought the Heeswijk Castle, which by then had fallen into disrepair, and immediately started reconstruction works on a large scale. The castle was enlarged with an armory. He also had the so-called 'Iron Tower' built in order to house his and his sons, Louis and Donat, growing collection of art objects and curiosa.

The current castle museum attempts to reflect the life and traditions of the middle of the 19th century. Following recent restoration guided tours of the castle are offered. The armory of the castle is used as a wedding location by the municipality Bernheze. Under the promenade cellar roofs (wedding) receptions can be held and the carriage house of the castle accommodates training facilities as well as congress and presentation rooms.

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Founded: 1080
Category: Castles and fortifications in Netherlands

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Maged Elsamny (11 months ago)
Love it! A bit small which contradicts its exterior but full of marvels.
Francesca Toso (12 months ago)
Amazing castle, easy to reach both by bike and by car, nice to have a pic-nic in the park and stroll around
Aistė Žukaitė (12 months ago)
Very nice small castlr Worth a visit. And amazing restaurant next to it. Easy to visit with a baby. Also nice to walk around with a dog. If you will come with a dog you will not be able to visit inside of the castle.
Joost Heymeijer (12 months ago)
What a stunning place. So well maintained and beautifully restored. Great storytelling and 1000 years history. Nice little Cafe too! Do go.
Natália Leal (20 months ago)
Well-preserved castle/palace and garden. Do use the free audio tour (ask at the shop for a tablet or download it online) and allow 1-2 hours for it. Parking was easy but it's a few hundred meters away. Entrance free with the Dutch Museum Card.
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